Friday, November 24, 2017

Day 328 - This day in legal and military history

November 24

Black Friday [day after Thanksgiving, first advertised shopping day of Christmas season]
Black Friday at Apple store, NYC, 2011

NATIONAL You're Welcome Day

NATIONAL Buy Nothing Day

NATIONAL Native American Heritage Day

NATIONAL All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day

NATIONAL Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

NATIONAL Flossing Day

NATIONAL Systems Engineer Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1859 Charles Darwin publishes On Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. The first printing of 1,250 copies sells out in a single day.

1871 National Rifle Association organized in New York City

1874 Joseph F Glidden receives a patent for barbed wire

1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John Kennedy, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department

2000 The US Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush’s appeal whether the extended Florida ballot counting violates federal law

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 327 - This day in legal and military history

November 23

Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900

NATIONAL Eat a Cranberry Day


NATIONAL Espresso Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1783 Annapolis, Maryland became the US capital until June 1784

1785 John Hancock is elected president of the Continental Congress for the second time

1889 The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco

1909 The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of their airplanes

1921 President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis-Campbell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.

1936 First issue of Life magazine hit the newsstands

1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City

1945 Wartime meat and butter rationing ends in the United States

1992 The first Smartphone, IBM’s Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

2000 In Florida, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency plea by Al Gore to force Miami-Dade County to resume manual vote counts

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 326 - This day in legal and military history

November 22

NATIONAL Go For a Ride Day

NATIONAL Cranberry Relish Day

NATIONAL Juke Box Day [day before Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1842 Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 miles away.

1858 Denver, Colorado is founded

1906 The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin

1919 A Labor conference committee in the United States urges an eight-hour workday and a 48-hour week

1935 Pan Am inaugurates the first transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila

1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president

1964 Almost 40,000 people pay tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death

1988 The first prototype of a B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber is unveiled for public viewing

1990 Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom

1995 The first feature-length film created entirely with computer generated imagery, Toy Story, premiers

2000 Governor George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 325 - This day in legal and military history

November 21

WORLD Hello Day  

WORLD Television Day

NATIONAL Entrepreneurs Day

NATIONAL False Confession Day

NATIONAL Stuffing Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1338 An archer named Robin Hood enlists in the service of King Edward III at the garrison on the Isle of Wight

1620 Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the “Mayflower Compact,” designed to bolster unity among the settlers

1789 North Carolina becomes the 12th state in the Union

1794 Honolulu Harbor was discovered

1904 Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris

1973 The 18-1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed

2014 The United States House of Representatives files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for executive actions undertaken in relation to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 324 - This day in legal and military history

November 20

Universal Children's Day

NATIONAL Absurdity Day

NATIONAL Beautiful Day


NATIONAL Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights

1945 The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg

1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey
May 2007

1962 President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: The Soviets agree to remove their missiles from Cuba, and the US lifts naval quarantine of the island

1967 The US census reports the population at 200 million

1974 The United States files an antitrust suit to break up AT&T

1981 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released

2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to its lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 323 - This day in legal and military history

November 19

WORLD Toilet Day


NATIONAL Guinness World Record Day

NATIONAL Have a Bad Day Day

NATIONAL Play Monopoly Day

NATIONAL Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg

1969 Apollo 12 touches down on the moon

1985 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco

1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not do their own singing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album

1998 The US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton

2001 President Bush signs the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 322 - This day in legal and military history

November 18

NATIONAL Mickey Mouse Birthday

NATIONAL Housing Day

NATIONAL Push Button Phone Day

NATIONAL Adoption Day [Saturday before Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1493 Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico

1820 US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovers Antarctica 

1861 Poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic

1865 Mark Twain’s first story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is published in the New York Saturday Press

1883 At exactly noon on this day, standard time zones began when American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times

1921 New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams

1928 Mickey Mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture

1936 The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined

1978 Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana

2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional (the first such ruling in the US)