Sunday, October 1, 2017

Day 274 - This day in legal and military history

October 1

WORLD Vegetarian Day


NATIONAL Balloons Around the World Day

NATIONAL Homemade Cookies Day


NATIONAL Change a Light Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1880 John Philip Sousa becomes director of the Marine Corps Band

1908 The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold for $850, all of them black. 

1918 Arab forces under TE Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” capture Damascus

1949 Mao Zedong establishes the People’s Republic of China

1957 “In God We Trust” appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR.  The motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.

1958 NASA is formed

1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida

1979 The US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama

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