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

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