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

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