Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day 221 - This day in legal and military history

August 9

NATIONAL Book Lovers Day


NATIONAL Rice Pudding Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1483 Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which is named in his honor

1854 Henry David Thoreau's Walden, recounting his experiment in solitary life on the shores of Massachusetts' Walden Pond, was published

1859 The escalator is patented. The first working escalator, manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company, appeared in 1900

1892 Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph

1910 The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented

1930 The first appearance of the animated character Betty Boop in “Dizzy Dishes

1936 Jesse Owens became the first American to win four gold medals in one Olympics

1944 The fictional character Smokey Bear (“Only you can prevent forest fires”) is created by the US Forest Service and the Ad Council

1945 The B-29 bomber Bock’s Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan

1965 Singapore is expelled from Malaysia following economic disagreements and racial tensions, and becomes an independent republic

1974 Gerald Ford is sworn in as president of the United States after the resignation of President Richard Nixon

2001 USMC Commandant James L. Jones promotes Pfc Gomer Pyle to honorary lance corporal

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