Friday, February 3, 2017

DAY 34 - This day in legal and military history

February 3

NATIONAL Day the Music Died

NATIONAL Carrot Cake Day

NATIONAL Women Physicians Day

NATIONAL Wear Red Day [first Friday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1690 The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1870 The Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race

1908 The US Supreme Court rules that union-sponsored boycotts are illegal, and applies the Sherman Antitrust Act to labor as well as capital

1912 New US football rules are set: field shortened to 100 yards, touchdown counts six points instead of five, four downs are allowed instead of three, and the kickoff is moved from midfield to the 40 yard line

1913 The Sixteenth Amendment, which authorized the federal income tax, was ratified

1959 Rock singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper died in a plane crash [the day the music died]

1994 The space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a US spacecraft

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