Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DAY 102 - This day in legal and military history

April 12

NATIONAL Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day


NATIONAL Licorice Day

NATIONAL Bookmobile Day [Wednesday of National Library Week]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1606 England adopts the Union Jack as its flag

1844 Texas became a US territory

1861 Fort Sumter is shelled by the Confederacy, starting America’s Civil War

1877 The first catcher’s mask is used in a baseball game

1911 Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes

1954 Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock

1955 Dr. Jonas Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine is announced

1961 Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth

1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

1966 Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire

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