Saturday, February 25, 2017

DAY 56 - This day in legal and military history

February 25

WORLD Sword Swallowers Day 

NATIONAL Chocolate Covered Nut Day

NATIONAL Clam Chowder Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1791 President George Washington signs a bill creating the Bank of the United States

1793 The department heads of the US government met with President Washington at his Mt. Vernon home for the first Cabinet meeting on record

1804 Thomas Jefferson is nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus

1836 Samuel Colt patents the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm (revolver)

1862 The US Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government’s bills

1870 Hiram Revels became the first black United States senator, taking over the term of Jefferson Davis

1901 J.P. Morgan formed US Steel Corporation, the first billion-dollar corporation in the world

1913 The 16th Amendment to the constitution is adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax

1919 Oregon introduces the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion for the first time by knocking out Sonny Liston in Miami Beach

1976 The US Supreme Court rules that states may ban the hiring of illegal aliens

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