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

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