Monday, March 27, 2017

DAY 86 - This day in legal and military history

March 27


NATIONAL Spanish Paella Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1794 The US government establishes a permanent navy with the authorization to build six frigates, including The Constitution [Old Ironsides]

1884 The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York

1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th Amendment

1912 The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, DC

1917 The Seattle Metropolitans became the first US hockey team to win the Stanley Cup

1930 First US radio broadcast from a ship at sea

1964 A 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit 80 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, killing 117 and producing a 50-foot tsunami that traveled over 8,000 miles

1977 Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 542 people killed is the highest ever for an aviation disaster.


  1. I recently saw a documentary about that plane crash. So sad.

    1. I agree. Very sad. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.