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

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