Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 125 - This day in legal and military history

May 5

Cinco de Mayo [commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1861 victory at Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, US celebration of Mexican-American culture]


NATIONAL Space Day [first Friday in May]


NATIONAL Astronaut Day

NATIONAL Cartoonists Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1865 The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery, except for “duly convicted” prisoners

1891 Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing

1952 Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny" wins the Pulitzer Prize

1961 Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space

1979 Voyager 1 passed Jupiter

2000 The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century

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