Saturday, July 8, 2017

Day 189 - This day in legal and military history

July 8

NATIONAL Blueberry Day

NATIONAL Video Games Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1663 The British crown grants Rhode Island a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship

1776 The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1777 Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery

1835 The US Liberty Bell in Philadelphia cracked while being tolled for Chief Justice John Marshall. It was never rung again.

1865 C.E. Barnes receives a US patent for a machine gun 

1879 The first ship to use electric lights departs from San Francisco, California

1889 The Wall Street Journal began publication

1932 The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22

1963 US banned all monetary transactions with Cuba

1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the US


  1. My son says that National Video Games Day is like Mother's Day and Sunday: it should be every day. :)

    1. My kids aren't into video games so much, but they LOVE their phones!