Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 151 - This day in legal and military history

May 31

WORLD No Tobacco Day

NATIONAL Macaroon Day

NATIONAL Save Your Hearing Day

NATIONAL Speak in Sentences Day

NATIONAL Senior Health and Fitness Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1790 The first US Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials

1879 New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time
1889 Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.

1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference

1913 The 17th amendment to the US Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified

1955 The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed”

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance

1971 In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the US Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30

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