Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DAY 88 - This day in legal and military history

March 29

NATIONAL Smoke and Mirrors Day

NATIONAL Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

NATIONAL Manatee Appreciation Day 

NATIONAL Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1848 For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

1867 The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million

1886 Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.

1903 A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless

1943 US begins rationing meat, butter, and cheese

1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner

1951 In one of the most sensational trials in American history, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage for passing secrets to the Soviets during and after World War II

1961 The 23rd amendment is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, DC to vote for president

1974 The unmanned US space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury

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