Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 237 - This day in legal and military history

August 25

NATIONAL Kiss and Make Up Day

NATIONAL Whiskey Sour Day

NATIONAL Banana Split Day

NATIONAL Second Hand Wardrobe Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1814 British forces destroyed the Library of Congress, containing some 3,000 books

1830 The “Tom Thumb” steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down. 

1875 Matthew Webb becomes the first man to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes.

1916 The National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior

1921 The United States, which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signs a peace treaty with Germany

1948 The House Un-American Activities Committee holds its first-ever televised congressional hearing

1950 President Harry Truman orders the US Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike

1981 The Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn

1989 NASA scientists receive stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager 2

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