Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 172 - This day in legal and military history

June 21

First Day of Summer

WORLD Music Day



NATIONAL Skateboarding Day

NATIONAL Daylight Appreciation Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1788 New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land

1834 Cyrus McCormick's mechanical reaper was patented

1898 Guam became a US territory

1939 Baseball legend Lou Gehrig is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - a disease which wastes muscles

1948 Berlin Airlift begins

1982 John Hinckley Jr. is found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan

1989 The US Supreme Court decided that burning the US flag was protected under the First Amendment

2004 SpaceShipOne lifted off from the Mojave Desert in the initial stage of the world’s first attempted commercial space flight

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