Monday, October 30, 2017

Day 303 - This day in legal and military history

October 30

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Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1270 The Seventh Crusade ends by the Treaty of Barbary

1838 Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Lorain County, Ohio becomes the first college in the US to admit female students

1862 Dr. Richard Gatling patented a machine gun consisting of six barrels mounted in a revolving frame

1938 HG Wells’ War of the Worlds is broadcast over the radio by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre, causing a panic as people believed it was an actual newscast about a Martian invasion

1945 US announces the end of shoe rationing

1954 Defense Department announces elimination of all segregated units

1961 The USSR detonates “Tsar Bomba,” a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb; as of 2016 it is still the largest explosive device of any kind ever detonated

1974 At the “Rumble in the Jungle,” a boxing match in Zaire, challenger Muhammad Ali knocks out previously undefeated World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman

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