Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day 220 - This day in legal and military history

August 8


NATIONAL Bowling Day 

NATIONAL Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day


NATIONAL Happiness Happens Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1676 Great Fire of Boston destroys 160 buildings

1786 The US Congress adopted the silver dollar and decimal system of money

1854 Smith and Wesson patented metal bullet cartridges

1876 Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph

1890 Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) is organized

1899 The first household refrigerating machine is patented

1908 The Wright Brothers made their first public flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France

1945 The Soviet Union declares war on Japan

1963 England’s “Great Train Robbery” - 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen

1969 Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, and four others were murdered by members of Charles Manson's "family"

1972 Navy women authorized for sea duty as regular ship’s company

1974 President Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal

1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus

1988 Cease fire ends the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)

2003 A US federal judge ruled that 264,000 square miles of submerged lands in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth, belong to the United States

2007 An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889

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