Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 262 - This day in legal and military history

September 19

INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate Day

NATIONAL Butterscotch Pudding Day

NATIONAL Gymnastics Day

NATIONAL IT Professionals Day [third Tuesday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1892 The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, are posted on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman

1893 New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote

1957 The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 261 - This day in legal and military history

September 18

US Air Force Birthday

NATIONAL Cheeseburger Day

NATIONAL Respect Day

NATIONAL Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day

NATIONAL First Love Day

NATIONAL Rice Krispie Treat Day  

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage

1793 George Washington lays the foundation stone for the US Capitol

1830 Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse

1850 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners

1851 The New York Times begins publication

1873 The US bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, triggering a series of bank failures, the beginning of the Panic of 1873

1947 The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy, and Air Force, was passed.  The US Air Force was formed as a separate military service out of the old Army Air Corps.

1975 Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army)

1977 Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together

1998 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide

2009 The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 260 - This day in legal and military history

September 17


NATIONAL Locate an Old Friend Day

NATIONAL Citizenship Day

NATIONAL Constitution Day 

NATIONAL Apple Dumpling Day

NATIONAL Women's Friendship Day [third Sunday in September]

NATIONAL Wife Appreciation Day [third Sunday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1787 The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America

1796 President George Washington delivers his “Farewell Address” to Congress before concluding his second term in office

1908 Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed

1916 Germany’s “Red Baron,” Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat

1920 The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the NFL - was formed in Canton, Ohio

1962 The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the US Justice Department

1972 Premiere of "M*A*S*H", on CBS-TV

1976 The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public

1994 Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America

1997 Dedication of a monument commemorating the horses and mules who died in military service during the Civil War, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

2001 The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; the longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s

2001 President Bush said the United States wanted terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden “dead or alive”

2004 The Coast Guard made the largest cocaine seizure in its history (to date) when Coast Guard and Navy forces located and seized 30,000 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Lina Maria approximately 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands

2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth

2006 Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years

2011 Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase “We are the 99%”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 259 - This day in legal and military history

September 16

WORLD Ozone Day



NATIONAL Gymnastics Day

NATIONAL Coastal Cleanup Day

NATIONAL Guacamole Day

NATIONAL American Legion Day

NATIONAL Collect Rocks Day

NATIONAL Step Family Day

NATIONAL Mayflower Day


NATIONAL Working Parents Day

MEXICAN Independence Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1620 The Pilgrims sail from England on the Mayflower

1630 The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston

1908 General Motors files papers of incorporation

1917 Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 Naval air stations overseas

1919 American Legion incorporated by an act of Congress

1991 The trial of Manuel Noriega, deposed dictator of Panama, begins in the United States.  A federal judge in Washington dismissed all Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 258 - This day in legal and military history

September 15

NATIONAL Make a Hat Day

NATIONAL Concussion Awareness Day

NATIONAL Greenpeace Day

NATIONAL Double Cheeseburger Day

NATIONAL POW/MIA Recognition Day [third Friday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 The United States Department of State is established (formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs)

1858 The Butterfield Overland Mail Company begins delivering mail from St. Louis to San Francisco. The company’s motto is “Remember, boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the United States mail!” 

1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers, by accident, that the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect

1971 The environmental group Greenpeace is founded

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor is unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court

2008 The largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy in US history is filed by Lehman Brothers financial services firm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 257 - This day in legal and military history

September 14

NATIONAL Cream Filled Donut Day

NATIONAL Eat a Hoagie Day 

NATIONAL Gobstopper Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1814 Francis Scott Key writes the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” as he waits aboard a British launch in Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812

1940 Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in US history. It passed by one vote.

1959 The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface

1994 Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 256 - This day in legal and military history

September 13

NATIONAL Defy Superstition Day

NATIONAL Fortune Cookie Day


NATIONAL Positive Thinking Day


NATIONAL Celiac Disease Awareness Day

NATIONAL Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 Start of the US National Debt as the government took out its first loan, borrowed from the Bank of North America (NYC) at 6 percent interest

1814 British commence an overnight bombardment of Fort McHenry, inspiring "The Star Spangled Banner"

1898 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1956 IBM introduced the Model 305 computer capable of storing 20 megabytes of data

1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.

2001 Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks. The data flight recorder for United Flight 93 was found at the Pennsylvania crash site. Eighteen hijackers were identified as ticketed passengers.

2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas.  It had already been the most costly storm in Cuba’s history and becomes the third costliest in the US.