Friday, June 30, 2017

Day 181 - This day in legal and military history

June 30

End of Second Quarter, End of first half of the year

NATIONAL Meteor Watch Day

NATIONAL Social Media Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1834 Congress placed the Marine Corps under Navy jurisdiction

1859 Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil acrobat, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope

1908 A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons

1936 Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind, is published

1958 Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union, the first new state since 1912

1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, opens

1997 Hong Kong reverts to China, ending 150 years of British rule

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