Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 232 - This day in legal and military history

August 20

WORLD Mosquito Day 


NATIONAL Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia as slaves

1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve

1882 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow

1913 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely

1940 Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

1977 The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.  It is now approximately 7 billion miles from earth and still going.

1980 Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

1982 US Marines land in Beirut

1998 The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval

2000 Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year

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