Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Day 179 - This day in legal and military history

June 28


NATIONAL Paul Bunyon Day

NATIONAL Insurance Awareness Day

NATIONAL Tapioca Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1778 “Molly Pitcher,” Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried water to the soldiers during the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, NJ and allegedly took her husband’s place at his gun after he is overcome with heat

1884 Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday

1902 Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the Isthmus of Panama

1911 Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City

1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I

1919 Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies, officially ending World War I

1948 Berlin Airlift begins

1970 Muhammad Ali stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the US Army during the Vietnam War

1971 The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

1978 The Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke that the use of quotas in affirmative action programs was not permissible

1996 The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school

1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight, earning a 16-month suspension

2000 Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father in Cuba

2004 The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that detainees at Guantanamo must have access to the US legal system. The Court ruled that the war on terrorism did not give the government a “blank check” to hold a US citizen and foreign-born terror suspects in legal limbo.

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