Thursday, March 2, 2017

DAY 61 - This day in legal and military history

March 2

NATIONAL Old Stuff Day

NATIONAL Banana Cream Pie Day

NATIONAL Read Across America [Doctor Seuss] Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1799 Congress standardized US weights and measures.

1865 President Abraham Lincoln rejects Confederate General Robert E. Lee‘s plea for peace talks, demanding unconditional surrender.

1877 Rutherford B. Hayes is declared president by one vote the day before the inauguration.

1917 Congress passes the Jones Act making Puerto Rico a territory of the United States and makes the inhabitants US citizens.

1923 The first issue of TIME magazine appeared on newsstands.

1933 "King Kong" opens in New York

1949 Captain James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around the world flight. He completed the 23,452-mile journey in 94 hours, 1 minute.

1950 Silly Putty was introduced as a toy.

1962 Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a basketball game.

1973 Women begin pilot training in the US Navy.

1974 A grand jury in Washington, DC concludes that President Nixon was indeed involved in the Watergate cover-up.

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