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

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