Monday, July 31, 2017

Day 212 - This day in legal and military history

July 31

WORLD Ranger Day

INTERNATIONAL Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day

NATIONAL Raspberry Cake Day


NATIONAL Avocado Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1498 During his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad

1790 The US Patent Office opens, issuing the first US patent to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer

1845 French Army bands adopt the recently invented Saxophone

1882 Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory

1904 The Trans-Siberian railroad is completed, connecting the Ural mountains with Russia’s Pacific coast

1912 First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult is made at Annapolis

1964 The US space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface

1970 Black Tot Day: Parliament abolishes the Royal Navy's 330 year tradition of a daily issue of grog, replacing it with a daily can of beer

1987 An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages

1990 Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia

1991 George HW Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

1991 The US Senate voted to allow women to fly combat aircraft

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Day 211 - This day in legal and military history

July 30

INTERNATIONAL Day of Friendship

NATIONAL Cheesecake Day

NATIONAL Father-in-Law Day

NATIONAL Paperback Book Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1619 The first legislative assembly in English North America convened in Jamestown, Virginia

1729 The US city of Baltimore was founded

1932 The tenth modern Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles

1938 George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process

1956 The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the US national motto

1965 President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law

2003 The last of the uniquely shaped “old style” Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

2012 Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Day 210 - This day in legal and military history

July 29



NATIONAL Lasagna Day


NATIONAL Lipstick Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1914 Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco

1921 Adolf Hitler became the president of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis)

1958 The United States Congress passes legislation formally inaugurating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

1981 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer

1990 The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record

2003 Red Sox switch hitter Bill Mueller became the first baseball player to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game

Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 209 - This day in legal and military history

July 28

WORLD Hepatitis Day

NATIONAL Milk Chocolate Day

NATIONAL Talk in an Elevator Day [last Friday in July]

NATIONAL System Administrator Appreciation Day [last Friday in July]

NATIONAL Get Gnarly Day [last Friday in July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1866 Congress approves adoption of the metric system

1868 The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is adopted, guaranteeing citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the United States and equal protection to all persons

1896 The city of Miami, Florida, was incorporated

1931 Congress makes "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem

1943 President Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing

1945 A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 13-14 people

1990 A fire at an electrical substation causes a blackout in Chicago. Some 40,000 people were without power for up to three days.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Day 208 - This day in legal and military history

July 27

NATIONAL Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

NATIONAL Scotch Whisky Day

NATIONAL Walk on Stilts Day

NATIONAL Chili Dog Day [last Thursday in July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1909 Orville Wright sets a world record for staying aloft in an airplane–one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds

1920 A radio compass was used for the first time for aircraft navigation

1940 Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare” 

1953 The United States, the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, and South Korea agree to an armistice, bringing the Korean War to an end

1996 The Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia is disrupted by the explosion of a pipe bomb in Centennial Olympic Park

2003 Lance Armstrong won his fifth straight Tour de France

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day 207 - This day in legal and military history

July 26

NATIONAL All or Nothing Day

NATIONAL Aunt and Uncle Day

NATIONAL Coffee Milkshake Day

NATIONAL One Voice Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1775 The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general

1788 New York became the 11th US state

1920 The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, granting women the right to vote

1945 Churchill resigns as Britain's Prime Minister

1947 President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1948 President Harry Truman issued Executive Order No. 9981 for “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion or national origin”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 206 - This day in legal and military history

July 25

NATIONAL Threading the Needle Day

NATIONAL Wine and Cheese Day

NATIONAL Hot Fudge Sundae Day

NATIONAL Hire a Veteran Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1850 Gold is discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific coast

1861 The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress

1946 The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll

1947 The US Army, Navy, & Air Force are subordinated to the new Department of Defense

1952 Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States

1978 The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, is born in Oldham, England

2010 The release of 91,731 classified documents from the Wikileaks organization was made public

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 205 - This day in legal and military history

July 24

NATIONAL Cousins Day

NATIONAL Drive-Thru Day 

NATIONAL Tell an Old Joke Day

NATIONAL Tequila Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history 

1567  Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned and forced to abdicate her throne to her 1-year-old son James VI

1866 Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War

1938 Instant coffee was invented. Nestle came up with the first instant coffee after 8 years of experiments.

1974 The Supreme Court rules that President Richard Nixon must surrender the Watergate tapes

1870 The first trans-US rail service began

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day 204 - This day in legal and military history

July 23

NATIONAL Vanilla Ice Cream Day

NATIONAL Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day

NATIONAL Parent's Day [fourth Sunday in July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1847 Brigham Young says "This is the place" and founds Salt Lake City

1865 William Booth founds the Salvation Army

1868 The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans

1903 The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A

1995 The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Day 203 - This day in legal and military history

July 22

NATIONAL Hammock Day 


NATIONAL Pi Approximation Day

NATIONAL Rat Catcher's Day

NATIONAL Day of the Cowboy [fourth Saturday in July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1376 The Pied Piper abducts the children of Hamlin

1789 Thomas Jefferson becomes the first head of the US Department of Foreign Affairs

1796 Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleveland

1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt's "court packing" scheme was rejected by the US Senate

1942 US initiates gasoline rationing

1975 Congress voted to restore Confederate general Robert E. Lee's US citizenship

Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 202 - This day in legal and military history

July 21

NATIONAL Junk Food Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1861 Confederate forces won victory at Bull Run in the first major battle of the Civil War

1873 The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was carried out by Jesse James and his gang

1898 Spain ceded Guam to the US

1925 John Scopes is found guilty for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tennessee, and fined $100

1930 The Veterans Administration is established

1949 The US Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) 82-13

1974 US House Judiciary approved two Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 201 - This day in legal and military history

July 20

WORLD Jump Day


NATIONAL Space Exploration Day

NATIONAL Lollipop Day


NATIONAL Ugly Truck Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1881 Sioux chief Sitting Bull surrenders to the US Army

1917 The US draft lottery in World War I went into operation

1948 US reinstitutes the draft for the Cold War

1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon 

1976 The Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 200 - This day in legal and military history

July 19

NATIONAL Raspberry Cake Day


NATIONAL Daiquiri Day

NATIONAL Stick Out Your Tongue Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1799 The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt

1870 Franco-Prussian War begins

1941 Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger "V is for Victory" sign

1980 The Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 199 - This day in legal and military history

July 18


NATIONAL Sour Candy Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

64 Great Fire of Rome begins

1877 Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time

1925 The first volume of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was published

1936 The Spanish Civil War began

1968 Intel is founded in Mountain View, California

1976 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score, a ten, at the Olympics and went on to score six more tens and win three gold medals

Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 198 - This day in legal and military history

July 17

GLOBAL Hug Your Kids Day [third Monday of July]

WORLD Emoji Day

NATIONAL Peach Ice Cream Day

NATIONAL Yellow Pig Day


NATIONAL Get Out of the Doghouse Day [third Monday of July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1453 France defeats England at Castillon, France, ending the Hundred Years’ War

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort, France

1821 Spain ceded Florida to the United States

1917 The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German sentiment during World War I

1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California 

1960 American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 197 - This day in legal and military history

July 16

WORLD Snake Day

NATIONAL Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Fresh Spinach Day

NATIONAL Ice Cream Day [third Sunday of July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1769 Father Juñipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan missionary, founds the first Catholic mission in California on the site of present-day San Diego

1790 The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government

1875 The new French constitution is finalized

1935 The first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City

1945 The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo [Los Alamos], New Mexico

1951 JD Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye was published

1969 At 9:32 a.m. EDT, Apollo 11, the first US lunar landing mission, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a historic journey to the surface of the moon

1979 Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq

1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren, died in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 196 - This day in legal and military history

July 15

NATIONAL Tapioca Pudding Day

NATIONAL Gummi Worm Day

NATIONAL Pet Fire Safety Day

NATIONAL I Love Horses Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1869 Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries

1870 Georgia became the last of the Confederate States to be readmitted to the Union

1901 Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers go on strike

1960 John F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination for president

Friday, July 14, 2017

Day 195 - This day in legal and military history

July 14

Bastille Day

NATIONAL Pandemonium Day


NATIONAL Shark Awareness Day

NATIONAL Mac & Cheese Day

NATIONAL Tape Measure Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by the citizens of Paris, beginning the French Revolution

1798 Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writing about the US government

1880 The French Republic establishes July 14th as a national holiday

1946 Dr. Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was published

1965 The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet

1972 The State Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio broadcasts in Hanoi, calling them “distressing”

2000 In Waco, Texas, a federal jury decided that federal agents were not responsible for the deaths of 80 Branch Davidians in 1993

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 194 - This day in legal and military history

July 13


NATIONAL Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Embrace Your Geekness Day

NATIONAL Fool's Paradise Day

NATIONAL French Fries Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1585 A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reaches Roanoke Island, North Carolina

1787 Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacts the Northwest Ordinance, establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union, and limiting the expansion of slavery

1798 English poet William Wordsworth visits the ruins of Tintern Abbey

1832 Henry Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota

1863 Opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting in New York City

1866 The Great Eastern begins a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United States

1977 A 25-hour blackout hit New York City, causing widespread rioting and looting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 193 - This day in legal and military history

July 12

NATIONAL Different Colored Eyes Day

NATIONAL Pecan Pie Day

NATIONAL Simplicity Day

NATIONAL Etch-a-Sketch Day

NATIONAL Paper Bag Day

NATIONAL Eat Your Jello Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1630 New Amsterdam’s governor bought Gull Island from Native Americans for cargo and renamed it Oyster Island. It later became Ellis Island.

1862 Congress authorized the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the US government

1957 The US surgeon general, Leroy E. Burney, reports that there is a direct link between smoking and lung cancer

1960 The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale

1974 G. Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman, and two others are convicted of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the Watergate scandal

1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Day 192 - This day in legal and military history

July 11

WORLD Population Day

NATIONAL Cheer Up the Lonely Day

NATIONAL Cow Appreciation Day 

NATIONAL Blueberry Muffin Day

NATIONAL 7-Eleven Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1804 A duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton leaves Hamilton dead

1914 Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox

1955 USAF Academy opens with 300 cadets at Lowry AFB, Colorado

1977 Martin Luther King, Jr., is posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom

1995 Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam

Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 191 - This day in legal and military history

July 10


NATIONAL Teddy Bear Picnic Day

NATIONAL Don't Step on a Bee Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1679 The British crown claims New Hampshire as a royal colony

1776 The statue of King George III is pulled down in New York City

1778 In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England

1821 US takes possession of Florida from Spain

1850 Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor

1890 Wyoming becomes the 44th state

1893 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open-heart surgery, without the benefit of penicillin or blood transfusion

1925 The trial of Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes opens, with Clarence Darrow appearing for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution

1940 Germany begins the bombing of England

1951 Armistice talks to end the Korean War began at Kaesong

1962 The satellite Telstar is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beaming live television from Europe to the United States

1965 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” becomes the Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single in the USA

1967 Singer Bobbie Gentry records “Ode to Billie Joe,” which will become a country music classic and win 4 Grammys

1973 The Bahamas became independent from Great Britain 

1976 In Seveso, near Milan, Italy, an explosion in a chemical factory covers the surrounding area with toxic dioxin

1985 Coca-Cola Company announces it will resume selling “old formula Coke,” renamed “Coca Cola Classic,” following a public outcry and falling sales of “New Coke”

1991 Boris Yeltsin is sworn in as the first elected president of the Russian Federation, following the breakup of the USSR

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Day 190 - This day in legal and military history

July 9

NATIONAL Sugar Cookie Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1776 New York was the 13th colony to ratify the Declaration of Independence

1872 The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Maine

1900 The Commonwealth of Australia is established by an act of British Parliament, uniting the six separate colonies under a federal government of Australia beginning January 1, 1901

1942 Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse

2002 Baseball's All-Star Game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Both sides had run out of pitchers.

2011 After more than 50 years of struggle, South Sudan declares independence and becomes Africa's 54th state

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Day 189 - This day in legal and military history

July 8

NATIONAL Blueberry Day

NATIONAL Video Games Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1663 The British crown grants Rhode Island a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship

1776 The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1777 Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery

1835 The US Liberty Bell in Philadelphia cracked while being tolled for Chief Justice John Marshall. It was never rung again.

1865 C.E. Barnes receives a US patent for a machine gun 

1879 The first ship to use electric lights departs from San Francisco, California

1889 The Wall Street Journal began publication

1932 The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22

1963 US banned all monetary transactions with Cuba

1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the US

Friday, July 7, 2017

Day 188 - This day in legal and military history

July 7

GLOBAL Forgiveness Day

NATIONAL Chocolate Day 

NATIONAL Strawberry Sundae Day

NATIONAL Tell the Truth Day

NATIONAL Macaroni Day

NATIONAL Father/Daughter Take a Walk Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1797 William Blount of Tennessee became the first US senator to be impeached

1853 Japan opens its ports to trade with the West after 250 years of isolation

1898 The United States annexed Hawaii

1954 An Elvis Presley recording was played on the radio for the first time

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day 187 - This day in legal and military history

July 6


NATIONAL Fried Chicken Day

NATIONAL Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1835 John Marshall, the third chief justice of the Supreme Court, dies at the age of 79. Two days later, while tolling in his honor in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell cracks. 

1854 The Republican Party is officially organized in Jackson, Michigan

1885 Louis Pasteur gives the first successful anti-rabies inoculation

1923 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed

1944 Lieutenant Jackie Robinson of the US Army, while riding a civilian bus from Camp Hood, Texas, refused to give up his seat to a white man. He was court martialed for refusing the order of a civilian bus driver to move to the back of the bus. He was acquitted.

1976 Women are admitted to the US Naval Academy for the first time, with 81 female midshipmen admitted

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Day 186 - This day in legal and military history

July 5


NATIONAL Work-a-holics Day

NATIONAL Apple Turnover Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1865 William Booth formed the Salvation Army in London, England

1946 The bikini swimsuit made its debut at a Paris fashion show

1954 Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right," his first commercial record

1996 Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born

2000 Coast Guard HH-65A CGNR 6539 rescued 51 persons from a burning oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Day 185 - This day in legal and military history

July 4


NATIONAL Country Music Day

NATIONAL Sidewalk Egg-Frying Day

NATIONAL Barbecued Spareribs Day

NATIONAL Caesar Salad Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island, was formed

1776 The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing.

1802 US Military Academy opens at West Point with 10 cadets

1817 Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River

1818 Congress rules that the flag shall have 13 stripes, and one star for each state

1848 The Communist Manifesto is published

1862 Lewis Carroll first tells the story of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole during a picnic along the Thames
1895 The poem America the Beautiful is first published
1937 A government program was begun to provide American flags, certified to have flown over the capital, to the public
1960 The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia

1976 An Israeli raid at Entebbe airport in Uganda rescues 105 hostages

1976 The nation held a 200th anniversary party across the land in celebration of America’s 200 years of independence

Monday, July 3, 2017

Day 184 - This day in legal and military history

July 3

INTERNATIONAL Plastic Bag Free Day

NATIONAL Compliment Your Mirror Day 

NATIONAL Disobedience Day

NATIONAL Stay Out of the Sun Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1608 Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec

1775 George Washington takes command of the Continental Army

1863 The Battle of Gettysburg ended

1890 Idaho is admitted to the union as the 43rd state

1901 The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train

1903 The first cable across the Pacific Ocean is spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila

1930 Congress created the US Veterans Administration

1954 World War II food rationing ends in Great Britain, almost nine years after the war ended

1962 Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Day 183 - This day in legal and military history

July 2


NATIONAL Build a Scarecrow Day [first Sunday in July]


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1776 The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States”

1881 Only four months into his administration, President James A. Garfield is shot as he walks through a railroad waiting room in Washington, DC

1980 Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act

1937 American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world

1947 An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The Army Air Force later insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft.

1964 President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law

1976 North and South Vietnam are officially reunified

1976 In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual

1980 President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age

1997 A federal judge in New York ruled that the military policy, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” is unconstitutional and only serves to cater to the biases of many heterosexuals

1998 Apologizing to viewers and Vietnam veterans for “serious faults” in its reporting, Cable News Network retracted a story alleging US commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the war

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day 182 - This day in legal and military history

July 1

Canada Day



NATIONAL Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

NATIONAL Postal Worker Day


NATIONAL Hop a Park Day [first Saturday in July]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1656 The first Quakers, Mary Fisher and Ann Austin, arrived in Boston and were promptly arrested

1838 Charles Darwin presents a paper on his theory of evolution to the Linnean Society in London

1862 US taxes incomes of $600 or more to help finance the Civil War

1863 The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began

1867 Canada, by the terms of the British North America Act, becomes an independent dominion

1941 Commercial black and white television broadcasting began in the US

1943 “Pay-as-you-go” income tax withholding began

1963 The US postmaster introduces the ZIP code

1968 The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

1969 Prince Charles is invested as the Prince of Wales