Thursday, March 9, 2017

DAY 68 - This day in legal and military history

March 9



NATIONAL Crabmeat Day

NATIONAL Get Over It Day

NATIONAL Meatball Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1788 Connecticut becomes the fifth state admitted into the Union

1862 The first battle between two ironclad ships, the Monitor (Union) and Merrimack (Confederate) occurred, revolutionizing naval warfare

1864 General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces

1933 The special session of Congress known as the "100 days" opened, launching FDR's New Deal

1953 US vs. Reynolds was a landmark ruling that formally established the government’s “state secrets” privilege

1959 The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City

1964 The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line

1964 The US Supreme Court, in its New York Times v. Sullivan decision, ruled that public officials who charged libel could not recover damages for defamatory statements related to their official duties unless they proved actual malice on the part of the news organization

1974 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrendered, 29 years after World War II ended

1976 The first female cadets were accepted to West Point Military Academy

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