Saturday, March 18, 2017

DAY 77 - This day in legal and military history

March 18

NATIONAL Awkward Moments Day

NATIONAL Sloppy Joe Day

NATIONAL Supreme Sacrifice Day

NATIONAL Quilting Day [third Saturday in March]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1881 Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens in Madison Square Gardens

1925 The most violent single tornado in US history, the “Tri-State Tornado,” hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others

1939 Georgia finally ratifies the Bill of Rights, 150 years after the birth of the federal government. Connecticut and Massachusetts, the only other states to hold out, also ratify the Bill of Rights in this year.

1942 The third military draft begins in the United States

1944 Mt Vesuvius begins an eleven day eruption, slightly inconveniencing World War II 

1953 The Braves baseball team announces that they are moving from Boston to Milwaukee

1963 The US Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v Wainwright that poor defendants have a constitutional right to an attorney. Gideon had been forced to defend himself in Florida in Jan 1962, and petitioned the Supreme Court to hear his complaint. [If you have a chance to see the movie Gideon's Trumpet with Henry Fonda, please do.  You won't be disappointed.]

1970 The US Postal Service is paralyzed by the first postal strike

2005 After a long legal battle, Terry Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. She died 13 days later.

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