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.

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