Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 143 - This day in legal and military history

May 23

NATIONAL Lucky Penny Day



Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1788 South Carolina becomes the eighth US state

1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States

1873 The North West Mounted Police force, later known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was formed in Canada 

1911 The New York Public Library opens its main building, on Fifth Avenue

1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) is formally established as a separate nation

1977 The US Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convictions

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