Thursday, June 29, 2017

Day 180 - This day in legal and military history

June 29



NATIONAL Hug Holiday

NATIONAL Waffle Iron Day

NATIONAL Handshake Day [last Thursday in June]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1613 London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII

1652 Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth

1767 The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America

1917 The Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia

1925 An earthquake ravages Santa Barbara, California

1938 Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded

1972 The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment, prompting some states to revise their laws

1995 The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth

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