Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 144 - This day in legal and military history

May 24

NATIONAL Escargot Day


NATIONAL Scavenger Hunt Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1543 Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.

1607 Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia

1738 The Methodist Church is established

1764 Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures

1844 Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message

1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opens
 1940 Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight

1958 The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI)

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