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

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