Friday, August 11, 2017

Day 223 - This day in legal and military history

August 11

NATIONAL Presidential Joke Day

NATIONAL Son and Daughter Day

NATIONAL Play in the Sand Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1906 In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film

1909 The SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC

1934 The first inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay

1942 Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi

1965 A clash between the California Highway Patrol and two black youths during a routine traffic stop sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles

1972 The last US ground forces withdraw from Vietnam

1984 Carl Lewis wins four Olympic gold medals, tying the record Jesse Owens set in 1936

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