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Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
1841 The first continuous filibuster in the US Senate began, and lasted until March 11
1846 “It having been represented to the (Navy) Department, that confusion arises from the use of the words 'Larboard' and 'Starboard,' in consequence of the similarity of sound, the word 'Port' is hereafter to be substituted for 'Larboard.' -- Navy Department General Order
1885 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.
1930 Pluto, generally the ninth most distant planet from the sun, is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh
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1953 The first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opened in New York
1972 The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty