Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 226 - This day in legal and military history

August 14

NATIONAL V-J Day [commonly celebrated on September 2 when Japan formally surrendered]

NATIONAL Creamsicle Day

NATIONAL Social Security Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1457 The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.

1935 The Social Security Act became law

1945 Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II [Victory over Japan Day]

1947 Pakistan becomes an independent country

1974 Congress authorized US citizens to own gold

1987 Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie

1994 Space telescope Hubble photographed Uranus with rings

1995 Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet at South Carolina’s state military college, The Citadel.  Her admission is met with intense resistance, including death threats, and she left the school a week later.

2001 Helios, a remote-controlled, solar powered NASA plane, reached a record 96,500 feet

2003 The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast, affecting 10 million people in Ontario, Canada and 45 million people in 8 US states

No comments:

Post a Comment