Thursday, April 13, 2017

DAY 103 - This day in legal and military history

April 13

NATIONAL Scrabble Day

NATIONAL Make Lunch Count Day

NATIONAL Peach Cobbler Day

NATIONAL Thomas Jefferson Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1742 Handel’s Messiah was first publicly performed in Dublin, Ireland

1860 First Pony Express reached Sacramento, California

1864 Union forces under General Sherman begin their devastating march through Georgia

1902 JC Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming

1964 Sidney Poitier becomes the first black individual to win an Oscar for best actor

1970 Apollo 13 announced "Houston, we've got a problem," when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the moon

1976 The US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes

1980 US boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow

2009 The US rescinds travel and gift restrictions to Cuba

2014 In Overland Park, Kansas, an anti-Semitic white supremacist opens fire on two Jewish centers, killing three Christians

2036 Asteroid Apophis to make a near-Earth pass