Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 151 - This day in legal and military history

May 31

WORLD No Tobacco Day

NATIONAL Macaroon Day

NATIONAL Save Your Hearing Day

NATIONAL Speak in Sentences Day

NATIONAL Senior Health and Fitness Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1790 The first US Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials

1879 New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time
1889 Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.

1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference

1913 The 17th amendment to the US Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified

1955 The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed”

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance

1971 In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the US Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 150 - This day in legal and military history

May 30

NATIONAL Water a Flower Day

NATIONAL Hole in my Bucket Day

NATIONAL Mint Julep Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1431 Joan of Arc is declared a heretic and burned at the stake by the English

1783 The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, begins publishing in Philadelphia

1848 William Young patents the ice cream freezer

1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act repeals the Missouri Compromise

1868 Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves

1889 The brassiere is invented

1958 Unknown soldiers of WWII & Korean War are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery
 1962 The USS 'Arizona' Memorial dedicated in Pearl Harbor

2003 The US government lowered the terrorist threat level from orange to yellow

Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 149 - This day in legal and military history

May 29

Memorial Day

NATIONAL Learn About Composting Day

NATIONAL Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

NATIONAL Paper Clip Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history 

1765 Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses

1790 Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.  They held out for an amendment securing religious freedom. The state was largely founded by Baptists fleeing persecution in Massachusetts.

1848 Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state

1865 President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates

1911 The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time

1913 The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater

1922 The US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws

1942 Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.

1943 US begins meat and cheese rationing

1943 Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of “The Saturday Evening Post.” Rockwell’s model was Mary Keefe (19) of Arlington, Vermont. In 2002 the painting sold at auction for $4,959,500.

1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest

1968 Last Monday of the month. Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, was set aside to remember those who have died in the service of their country. Celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years, Memorial Day was officially changed to the last Monday in May in 1968.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Day 148 - This day in legal and military history

May 28

Amnesty International Day

NATIONAL Hamburger Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1929 The first all-color, full-length talking picture, On With the Show!, debuted

1953 Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers

1957 Baseball owners vote to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Many New Yorkers still haven’t recovered.

1961 Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded

1980 First 55 women graduate from the US Naval Academy

2002 The last steel girder is removed from the original World Trade Center site. Cleanup duties officially end with closing ceremonies at Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York City.

2002 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Day 147 - This day in legal and military history

May 27


NATIONAL Sun Screen Day

NATIONAL Cellophane Tape Day

NATIONAL Grape Popsicle Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1647 Achsah Young becomes the first woman known to be executed as a witch in Massachusetts

1668 Three colonists are expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists

1907 The Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco

1935 The Supreme Court declares President Franklin Roosevelt‘s National Recovery Act unconstitutional

1936 The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later

1937 San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens

1969 Construction begins on Walt Disney World in Florida

Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 146 - This day in legal and military history

May 26

NATIONAL Sally Ride Day 

NATIONAL Dracula Day

NATIONAL Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1521 Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms

1647 A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.

1864 The territory of Montana is organized

1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors" by one vote

1946 A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb

1972 President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev signed in Moscow an arms reduction agreement that became known as SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)

1977 The movie Star Wars debuts

1977 George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and cost him $1.10 in fines - one penny per floor.

2004 A District court jury in McAlester, Oklahoma, convicted Terry Nichols of 161 counts of first degree murder in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing

2011 The United States Congress votes to approve a four year extension of powers in the USA PATRIOT Act and President Barack Obama signs it into law

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 145 - This day in legal and military history

May 25

NATIONAL Missing Children's Day

NATIONAL Brown Bag-It Day


NATIONAL Tap Dance Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1787 The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding

1965 Muhammad Ali knocked Sonny Liston out cold in the first round, after 1 minute and 56 seconds, for the world heavyweight title

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 144 - This day in legal and military history

May 24

NATIONAL Escargot Day


NATIONAL Scavenger Hunt Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1543 Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.

1607 Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia

1738 The Methodist Church is established

1764 Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures

1844 Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message

1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opens
 1940 Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight

1958 The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 143 - This day in legal and military history

May 23

NATIONAL Lucky Penny Day



Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1788 South Carolina becomes the eighth US state

1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States

1873 The North West Mounted Police force, later known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was formed in Canada 

1911 The New York Public Library opens its main building, on Fifth Avenue

1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) is formally established as a separate nation

1977 The US Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convictions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 142 - This day in legal and military history

May 22

WORLD Goth Day

NATIONAL Buy a Musical Instrument Day

NATIONAL Maritime Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1849 Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock

1906 The Wright brothers are granted US patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”

1947 The first US ballistic missile was fired

1967 The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers

1972 Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified

1973 President Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up

1985 Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108

1992 Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host

2004 An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person

2011 An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 141 - This day in legal and military history

May 21


NATIONAL Waiters and Waitresses Day

NATIONAL Talk Like Yoda Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1881 The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton

1927 Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis

1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland)

1956 The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific

1989 In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 140 - This day in legal and military history

May 20

NATIONAL Armed Forces Day [third Saturday of May]

NATIONAL Learn to Swim Day [third Saturday of May]

NATIONAL Be a Millionaire Day

NATIONAL Pick Strawberries Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1861 North Carolina becomes the 11th and last state to secede from the Union

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West. The Act allows adults over the age of 21, male or female, to claim 160 acres of land from the public domain.

1874 Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets

1944 US Communist Party dissolved

1990 The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 139 - This day in legal and military history

May 19

NATIONAL Boys Club Day

NATIONAL Bike to Work Day [third Friday of May]

NATIONAL Endangered Species Day [third Friday of May]

NATIONAL Pizza Party Day [third Friday of May]

NATIONAL Devil's Food Cake Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants entering the United States

1928 The first annual Calaveras County "Frog Jumping Jubilee" was held in Angel's Camp, California
 1958 The United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

1964 US diplomats find at least 40 microphones planted in the American embassy in Moscow

2013 US Navy dolphins find a rare nineteenth-century torpedo off the coast of California

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138 - This day in legal and military history

May 18


NATIONAL No Dirty Dishes Day

NATIONAL Visit Your Relatives Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1642 The city of Montreal was founded by the French

1861 Arkansas admitted to the Confederate States of America

1896 The Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States

1917 The US Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I

1942 New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II

1951 The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York City

1980 After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 137 - This day in legal and military history

May 17

WORLD Telecommunications Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1792 The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement

1875 The first Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky

2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 136 - This day in legal and military history

May 16

NATIONAL Love a Tree Day

NATIONAL Sea Monkey Day

NATIONAL Wear Purple for Peace Day

NATIONAL Biographers Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1861 Tennessee officially admitted to the Confederacy. Kentucky proclaims its neutrality.

1884 Alaska became a US territory

1928 The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood

1941 The Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, opened on Broadway

1954 The US Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education

1991 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the US Congress. 

2011 Due to massive flooding along the river, the United States Coast Guard closes 15 miles of the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi

Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 135 - This day in legal and military history

May 15

NATIONAL Chocolate Chip Day

NATIONAL Nylon Stocking Day

NATIONAL Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1756 The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France

1820 The US Congress designated the slave trade as a form of piracy

1862 The US Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress

1911 The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act

1918 The first air mail route in the US was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia

1930 Ellen Church becomes the first airline stewardess

1939 Dupont introduces nylon

1940 First successful test flight of an American helicopter, Vought-Sikorsky US-300

1942 The United States begins rationing gasoline

1953 Cubmaster Don Murphy organized the first pinewood derby, in Manhattan Beach, California, by Pack 280c

1958 Sputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Day 134 - This day in legal and military history

May 14

Mother's Day

NATIONAL Dance Like a Chicken Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1796 English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination

1897 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph

1897 Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia

1904 The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri

1948 Israel declares independence

1973 The US space station Skylab is launched

1973 US Supreme court approved equal rights to females in military

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Day 133 - This day in legal and military history

May 13

INTERNATIONAL Migratory Bird Day [second Saturday in May]

NATIONAL Train Day [Saturday closest to May 10]

NATIONAL Archery Day [second Saturday in May]

NATIONAL Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day [second Saturday in May]

NATIONAL Miniature Golf Day [second Saturday in May]

NATIONAL Frog Jumping Day

NATIONAL Leprechaun Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1607 Some 100 English colonists settle along the west bank of the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America

1939 The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.

1958 The trademark Velcro is registered

1981 Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt

Friday, May 12, 2017

Day 132 - This day in legal and military history

May 12

NATIONAL Military Spouse Day [Friday before Mother's Day]

NATIONAL Limerick Day

NATIONAL Nutty Fudge Day

NATIONAL Fibromyalgia Day

NATIONAL Odometer Day 
[The odometer is the digital number at the bottom]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada

1935 Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio

2008 Tens of thousands killed and thousands injured when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Day 131 - This day in legal and military history

May 11

NATIONAL Eat What You Want Day 
Cherry Cheesecake - the world's most delicious food

NATIONAL Twilight Zone Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1858 Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd US state

1866 Confederate President Jefferson Davis became a free man after spending two years in prison for his role in the American Civil War

1916 Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was presented

1949 Siam changed its name to Thailand

1997 IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue, defeated Garry Kasparov, the reigning world champion, in a six game chess match (2 for blue, 1 for Kasparov, and 3 ties)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 130 - This day in legal and military history

May 10

NATIONAL Clean Up Your Room Day

NATIONAL Receptionist Day [second Wednesday in May]

NATIONAL Third Shift Workers Day [second Wednesday in May]

NATIONAL School Nurses Day [Wednesday of National Nurses Week]

NATIONAL Bike to School Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1773 To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies

1869 The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, creating the first transcontinental railroad

1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes first the woman nominated for US president

1924 J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1928 WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York, begins regular television programming

1960 The USS Nautilus completes the first circumnavigation of the globe underwater

1994 Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 129 - This day in legal and military history

May 9

NATIONAL Lost Sock Memorial Day 

NATIONAL Sleepover Day

NATIONAL Teacher Appreciation Day [Tuesday of the first full week in May]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1754 The first newspaper political cartoon in America appears

1864 Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–“

1914 Mother's Day became a public holiday

1962 A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time

1962 The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer

1974 The House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment

1984 It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings - eight hours and six minutes, spread over two days - to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6. It was the longest game in elapsed time in major-league history.

Monday, May 8, 2017

A to Z Challenge 2017 – Reflections

This was my third challenge.  In 2015 I blogged about LEGAL DEFINITIONS.  In 2016 I blogged about MILITARY DEFINITIONS.  And now, in 2017, I blogged about SUPREME COURT CASES THAT CHANGED LIFE IN THE US.  To keep with the legal/military alternating themes, next year 2018 I'll have to think of an appropriate military theme.

This 2017 theme required quite a bit more time than my previous two years' themes.  But I wrote most of my posts beginning in January, so I just had some “clean-up” to do before scheduling them during April.  This helped quite a bit.  I advertised my blog on the A to Z Challenge site, and on Twitter.  My blog received more hits and comments this year than in previous years [thank you to all of you who left a comment!], and even now, a week after the challenge ended, my daily blog pageviews is higher than it had been previously.

Just like I experienced last year, I found I didn't have time to visit and comment on all the blogs I wanted to, but here are a few blogs that I enjoyed visiting during this year's challenge:

Flash Fiction, John's Death by the Weapon of the Day


Life in Ecuador


Name that TV Show

Haiku Puzzles

Weird Canadian Facts and History

And finally, here are all my 2017 challenge posts collected on one page:

Supreme Court cases that changed life in the US

Looking forward to next year!

Day 128 - This day in legal and military history

May 8

WORLD Red Cross Day


NATIONAL V-E Day [Victory in Europe after WWII]

NATIONAL Have a Coke Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1792 US established a military draft

1794 The United States Post Office is established

1861 Richmond Virginia was named the capital of the Confederacy

1877 The first Westminster Dog Show was held

1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents Coca Cola 

1902 Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre and killing 40,000 people

1945 The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as V-E (Victory Europe) day

1952 US conducts the first H-Bomb test at Eniwetok Atoll

1978 David Berkowitz, aka the “Son of Sam,” plead guilty to killing six people in New York City

1980 The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox had been eradicated

1999 The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Day 127 - This day in legal and military history

May 7

NATIONAL Lemonade Day [first Sunday in May]

NATIONAL Roast Leg of Lamb Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1824 Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” premieres in Vienna

1847 The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia

1915 The German submarine U-20 torpedoes the passenger ship Lusitiania, sinking her in 21 minutes with 1,978 people on board, of which 1,198 drowned

1960 Leonid Brezhnev becomes president of the Soviet Union

1984 Federal District Judge Jack B. Weinstein announces a $180 million out-of-court settlement against seven chemical manufacturers of the defoliant Agent Orange in a class-action suit brought by 15,000 Vietnam veterans

1985 Ticker tape parade on Broadway to honor Vietnam Veterans 

1992 The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Day 126 - This day in legal and military history

May 6

NATIONAL Beverage Day

NATIONAL Tourists Appreciation Day



NATIONAL No Homework Day

NATIONAL Scrapbook Day [first Saturday in May]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1861 Arkansas becomes the ninth state to secede from the Union

1889 Dedication of the Eiffel Tower

1937 The dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey

1941 Bob Hope gives his first USO show at California’s March Field

1954 British runner Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile

1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960

1962 The first nuclear warhead is fired from a Polaris submarine

1970 More than 100 universities across the US shut down as thousands of students join a nationwide campus protest

1994 The Channel Tunnel linking England to France is officially opened

Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 125 - This day in legal and military history

May 5

Cinco de Mayo [commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1861 victory at Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, US celebration of Mexican-American culture]


NATIONAL Space Day [first Friday in May]


NATIONAL Astronaut Day

NATIONAL Cartoonists Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1865 The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery, except for “duly convicted” prisoners

1891 Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing

1952 Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny" wins the Pulitzer Prize

1961 Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space

1979 Voyager 1 passed Jupiter

2000 The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Day 124 - This day in legal and military history

May 4

My #4's 18th Birthday =)

WORLD Password Day

INTERNATIONAL Star Wars Day [May the 4th be with you]


NATIONAL Day of Prayer [first Thursday in May]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1626 Native Americans sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons

1715 A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella

1904 The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal

1927 A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time

1932 Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion

1942 The United States begins food rationing

1959 The first Grammy Awards were held

1998 Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, California, under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Day 123 - This day in legal and military history

May 3

WORLD Freedom of the Press Day

NATIONAL Lumpy Rug Day

NATIONAL Paranormal Day

NATIONAL Specially-Abled Pets Day

NATIONAL Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1802 Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city, with the mayor appointed by the president and the council elected by property owners

1937 Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind

1948 The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property

1952 The first airplane lands at the geographic North Pole

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain

1999 Kansas and Oklahoma were hit by an outbreak of more than 55 tornadoes, including one measured at F5 on the Fujita scale

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day 122 - This day in legal and military history

May 2


NATIONAL Brothers and Sisters Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1885 Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time

1890 The Territory of Oklahoma is created

1919 The first US air passenger service starts

1923 Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready take off from New York for the West Coast on what will become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight

1939 Lou Gehrig established a new major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it.

1946 Prisoners revolt at California’s Alcatraz prison

1955 Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1970 Student anti-war protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard takes control of the campus.

2012 A pastel version of The Scream, by painter Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million in a New York City auction. The transaction set a new world record for an auctioned piece of art

Monday, May 1, 2017

Day 121 - This day in legal and military history

May 1

NATIONAL Mother Goose Day

NATIONAL Save the Rhino Day



NATIONAL School Principal's Day

NATIONAL Melanoma Monday [first Monday in May]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1707 The Act of Union joined England and Scotland to form Great Britain

1805 The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation

1867 Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration

1877 President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction

1931 The Empire State Building opens in New York.  At 102 stories, it was the tallest building in the world at that time.

1941 The film Citizen Kane – directed by and starring Orson Welles – opens in New York

1948 People's Republic of [North] Korea established

1950 Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth

1961 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

1971 Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of US passenger rail service

2011 Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear [May 1 in the US, May 2 in Pakistan]