Friday, March 31, 2017

DAY 90 - This day in legal and military history

March 31

End of first quarter

Cesar Chavez Day

NATIONAL Bunsen Burner Day

NATIONAL Clams on the Half-Shell Day

NATIONAL Crayon Day 



Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1836 The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London

1880 The first electric street lights ever installed by a municipality are turned on in Wabash, Indiana

1889 The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889

1917 The United States purchases the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million

1918 Daylight Saving Time goes into effect throughout the United States for the first time

1940 La Guardia airport in New York officially opens to the public

1949 Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province

1992 USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship, is decommissioned

1995 Coast Guard Communication Area Master Station Atlantic sent a final message by Morse Code and then signed off, officially ending more than 100 years of telegraph communication

1995 Major League Baseball players agreed to end the sport’s longest strike in history after a judge ordered a preliminary injunction against team owners

2005 Terry Schiavo died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed

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