Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 156 - This day in legal and military history

June 5

WORLD Environment Day

NATIONAL Moonshine Day

NATIONAL Hot Air Balloon Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1783 Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make the first public balloon flight

1794 The US Congress prohibits citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces

1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era

1884 Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected”

1917 US begins draft registration, 10 million eventually sign up

1933 The United States went off the gold standard

1968 Sirhan Sirhan shoots Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy’s victory in the pivotal California primary election

1973 Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California

1981 The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS

2004 Former US President Ronald Reagan dies at age 93

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