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

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