Monday, May 8, 2017

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

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