Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 149 - This day in legal and military history

May 29

Memorial Day

NATIONAL Learn About Composting Day

NATIONAL Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

NATIONAL Paper Clip Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history 

1765 Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses

1790 Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.  They held out for an amendment securing religious freedom. The state was largely founded by Baptists fleeing persecution in Massachusetts.

1848 Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state

1865 President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates

1911 The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time

1913 The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater

1922 The US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws

1942 Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.

1943 US begins meat and cheese rationing

1943 Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of “The Saturday Evening Post.” Rockwell’s model was Mary Keefe (19) of Arlington, Vermont. In 2002 the painting sold at auction for $4,959,500.

1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest

1968 Last Monday of the month. Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, was set aside to remember those who have died in the service of their country. Celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years, Memorial Day was officially changed to the last Monday in May in 1968.

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