Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 222 - This day in legal and military history

August 10

WORLD Lion Day


NATIONAL S'mores Day

NATIONAL Skyscraper Appreciation Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1821 Missouri enters the Union as the 24th state – and the first located entirely west of the Mississippi River

1846 The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson

1944 US forces seized Guam from Japan

1948 Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television

1949 The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense

1993 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice

1995 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged with eleven counts in the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was later convicted of murder and was executed on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.

1997 The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.

2006 All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified

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