Thursday, August 3, 2017

Day 215 - This day in legal and military history

August 3

NATIONAL Watermelon Day 

NATIONAL Clean Your Floors Day

NATIONAL White Wine Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1492 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world

1610 Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself

1914 Germany declares war on France

1949 The National Basketball Association was formed

1958 The first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, passes under the North Pole

1972 Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings 

1980 Closing ceremonies were held in Moscow for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States

1987 The Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels

2004 Statue of Liberty’s pedestal reopens to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks

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