Thursday, April 20, 2017

DAY 110 - This day in legal and military history

April 20

NATIONAL Look-Alike Day

NATIONAL Volunteer Recognition Day

NATIONAL Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

NATIONAL High Five Day [third Thursday in April]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 George Washington is sworn in as the first president of the US, at Federal Hall, NY

1841 Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story, Murders in the Rue Morgue, is published

1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium

1912 The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park. They beat the NY Highlanders (in 1913 renamed the Yankees) 7-6.

1916 The first National League game is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park. The park was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and Wrigley Field, for the Chicago Cubs owner, in 1926.

1971 The US Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation

1999 Two students enter Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and open fire with multiple firearms, killing 13 students and teachers, wounding 25, and eventually shooting themselves

2008 Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race

2010 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that lasts six months, leaking about 4,900,000 barrels of crude oil

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