Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 146 - This day in legal and military history

May 26

NATIONAL Sally Ride Day 

NATIONAL Dracula Day

NATIONAL Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1521 Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms

1647 A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.

1864 The territory of Montana is organized

1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors" by one vote

1946 A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb

1972 President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev signed in Moscow an arms reduction agreement that became known as SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)

1977 The movie Star Wars debuts

1977 George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and cost him $1.10 in fines - one penny per floor.

2004 A District court jury in McAlester, Oklahoma, convicted Terry Nichols of 161 counts of first degree murder in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing

2011 The United States Congress votes to approve a four year extension of powers in the USA PATRIOT Act and President Barack Obama signs it into law

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