Saturday, August 5, 2017

Day 217 - This day in legal and military history

August 5


NATIONAL Underwear Day

NATIONAL Work Like a Dog Day

NATIONAL Sand Castle Day


NATIONAL Mustard Day [first Saturday in August]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1858 The first transatlantic cable is completed

1861 US Army prohibits flogging

1861 US levies the first federal income tax; 3% on incomes over $800

1884 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island

1914 The first electric traffic signal lights are installed in Cleveland, Ohio

1969 The US space probe Mariner 7 flew by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data

1981 President Ronald Reagan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers

1986 US Senate voted for the Strategic Defense Initiative project, better known as Star Wars

1992 Four police officers are indicted on civil rights charges in the beating of Rodney King

2012 The plutonium-powered rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars

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