Saturday, September 30, 2017

Day 273 - This day in legal and military history

September 30


NATIONAL Save Your Photos Day


NATIONAL Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day

NATIONAL Chewing Gum Day

NATIONAL Ghost Hunting Day [last Saturday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1846 The first anesthetized tooth extraction is performed by Dr. William Morton in Charleston, Massachusetts

1867 Midway Island is formally declared a US possession

1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run. The record stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. Mark McGwire beat Maris's record in 1998 by hitting 70 and Barry Bonds topped this in 2001 with 73.

1946 Twenty-two Nazi leaders were found guilty at the Nuremberg trials

1949 The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights

1954 The first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut

1955 Actor James Dean is killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, California

1996 The United States Congress passes the Lautenburg Amendment that bars the possession of firearms for people who were convicted of domestic violence, even misdemeanor level

Friday, September 29, 2017

Day 272 - This day in legal and military history

September 29

WORLD Heart Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1513 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean

1789 Congress votes to create a US army

1932 A five-day work week is established for General Motors workers

1943 Adolf Hitler‘s book Mein Kampf is published in the United States

1966 Chevrolet introduces the Camaro 

1982 Seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer products.

2004 A US federal judge ruled that a section of the Patriot Act, that allowed the search of phone and Internet records, was unconstitutional

2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 777.68 points in the wake of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual bankruptcies, the largest single-day point loss in Wall Street history

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 271 - This day in legal and military history

September 28

NATIONAL Ask a Stupid Question Day

NATIONAL Good Neighbor Day

NATIONAL Strawberry Cream Pie Day

NATIONAL Drink Beer Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1066 William, Duke of Normandy, soon to be known as William the Conqueror, invades England

1904 A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York’s Fifth Avenue

1928 Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin when he notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory

2008 SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 270 - This day in legal and military history

September 27

NATIONAL Crush a Can Day 

NATIONAL Tourism Day

NATIONAL Corned Beef Hash Day

NATIONAL Ancestor Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Chocolate Milk Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1869 Wild Bill Hickok, sheriff of Hays City, Kansas, shoots down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken teamster causing trouble

1920 Eight Chicago White Sox players are charged with fixing the 1919 World Series

1957 The Dodgers leave Brooklyn

1964 The Warren Commission report concluded that there was no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

1979 The US Congress approves the Department of Education as the 13th agency in the US Cabinet

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Day 269 - This day in legal and military history

September 26

NATIONAL Johnny Appleseed Day


NATIONAL Love Note Day

NATIONAL Lumberjack Day 

NATIONAL Voter Registration Day [fourth Tuesday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1786 Protestors shut down the court in Springfield, Massachusetts in a military standoff that begins Shays’ Rebellion

1789 Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State; John Jay the first chief justice of the United States; Samuel Osgood the first Postmaster-General; and Edmund Jennings Randolph the first Attorney General

1829 Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed

1913 The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal

1914 The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business

1941 The US Army establishes the Military Police Corps

1955 The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss

1960 Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates

1961 Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde’s Folk City

1969 The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 268 - This day in legal and military history

September 25

WORLD Dream Day

WORLD Pharmacists Day

NATIONAL Comic Book Day

NATIONAL Cooking Day

NATIONAL Better Breakfast Day


NATIONAL Psychotherapy Day 

NATIONAL Math Storytelling Day 

NATIONAL Lobster Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1639 The first printing press in America began operating

1789 The first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The first ten became the Bill of Rights.

1804 The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president

1839 France recognizes the Republic of Texas

1890 President Benjamin Harrison signed a measure establishing Sequoia National Park, the nation’s second oldest. The army was assigned park patrol duty.

1942 The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States

1957 Nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, under heavily armed guard, because of racial violence

1974 Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 267 - This day in legal and military history

September 24

NATIONAL Cherries Jubilee Day

NATIONAL Pony Express Day

NATIONAL Punctuation Day

NATIONAL Gold Star Mother's Day  [last Sunday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law

1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school

1957 The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field

1960 The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched

1969 The trial of the “Chicago Eight” (later seven) began

1979 CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 266 - This day in legal and military history

September 23

INTERNATIONAL Rabbit Day [fourth Saturday in September]

Oktoberfest begins in Germany

NATIONAL Checkers Day

NATIONAL Restless Legs Awareness Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1846 German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune

1942 Auschwitz begins experimental executions using poison gas

1950 Congress adopted the Internal Security Act, which provided for registration of communists. The Act was ruled later unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.

1996 "JAG" premiers on NBC, later moves to CBS, and runs for ten seasons

2001 President George W. Bush returned the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning for the 9/11 attacks

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 265 - This day in legal and military history

September 22

First Day of Autumn

WORLD Rhino Day

WORLD Car Free Day 

NATIONAL White Chocolate Day

NATIONAL Business Women's Day

NATIONAL Elephant Appreciation Day


NATIONAL Ice Cream Cone Day


NATIONAL Hug a Vegetarian Day

NATIONAL Dear Diary Day

NATIONAL Native American Day [fourth Friday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1656 The General Provincial Court in Patuxent, Maryland, empanels the first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith Catchpole, who is accused of murdering her child. The jury acquits her after hearing her defense of never having been pregnant.

1776 American Captain Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British in New York City. His last words are reputed to have been, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

1862 President Abraham Lincoln changes the course of the war and American history by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation

1961 President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps

1964 Premiere of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." on NBC-TV, which runs for four seasons

1970 President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill giving the District of Columbia representation in the US Congress

1980 The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 264 - This day in legal and military history

September 21

WORLD Gratitude Day

WORLD Alzheimer's Day


NATIONAL Miniature Golf Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1792 The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy

1897 The New York Sun published its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"

1937 JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit is published

1989 General Colin Powell is confirmed by the US Senate as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1996 The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 263 - This day in legal and military history

September 20

NATIONAL Pepperoni Pizza Day  


NATIONAL String Cheese Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1990 Both Germanys ratified reunification

2001 US President George W. Bush, addressing a joint session of Congress, declares a “war on terror”

2011 The US military ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and allows gay men and women to serve openly

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 262 - This day in legal and military history

September 19

INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate Day

NATIONAL Butterscotch Pudding Day

NATIONAL Gymnastics Day

NATIONAL IT Professionals Day [third Tuesday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1892 The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, are posted on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman

1893 New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote

1957 The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 261 - This day in legal and military history

September 18

US Air Force Birthday

NATIONAL Cheeseburger Day

NATIONAL Respect Day

NATIONAL Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day

NATIONAL First Love Day

NATIONAL Rice Krispie Treat Day  

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage

1793 George Washington lays the foundation stone for the US Capitol

1830 Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse

1850 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners

1851 The New York Times begins publication

1873 The US bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, triggering a series of bank failures, the beginning of the Panic of 1873

1947 The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy, and Air Force, was passed.  The US Air Force was formed as a separate military service out of the old Army Air Corps.

1975 Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army)

1977 Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together

1998 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide

2009 The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 260 - This day in legal and military history

September 17


NATIONAL Locate an Old Friend Day

NATIONAL Citizenship Day

NATIONAL Constitution Day 

NATIONAL Apple Dumpling Day

NATIONAL Women's Friendship Day [third Sunday in September]

NATIONAL Wife Appreciation Day [third Sunday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1787 The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America

1796 President George Washington delivers his “Farewell Address” to Congress before concluding his second term in office

1908 Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed

1916 Germany’s “Red Baron,” Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat

1920 The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the NFL - was formed in Canton, Ohio

1962 The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the US Justice Department

1972 Premiere of "M*A*S*H", on CBS-TV

1976 The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public

1994 Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America

1997 Dedication of a monument commemorating the horses and mules who died in military service during the Civil War, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

2001 The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; the longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s

2001 President Bush said the United States wanted terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden “dead or alive”

2004 The Coast Guard made the largest cocaine seizure in its history (to date) when Coast Guard and Navy forces located and seized 30,000 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Lina Maria approximately 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands

2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth

2006 Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years

2011 Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase “We are the 99%”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 259 - This day in legal and military history

September 16

WORLD Ozone Day



NATIONAL Gymnastics Day

NATIONAL Coastal Cleanup Day

NATIONAL Guacamole Day

NATIONAL American Legion Day

NATIONAL Collect Rocks Day

NATIONAL Step Family Day

NATIONAL Mayflower Day


NATIONAL Working Parents Day

MEXICAN Independence Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1620 The Pilgrims sail from England on the Mayflower

1630 The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston

1908 General Motors files papers of incorporation

1917 Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 Naval air stations overseas

1919 American Legion incorporated by an act of Congress

1991 The trial of Manuel Noriega, deposed dictator of Panama, begins in the United States.  A federal judge in Washington dismissed all Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 258 - This day in legal and military history

September 15

NATIONAL Make a Hat Day

NATIONAL Concussion Awareness Day

NATIONAL Greenpeace Day

NATIONAL Double Cheeseburger Day

NATIONAL POW/MIA Recognition Day [third Friday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 The United States Department of State is established (formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs)

1858 The Butterfield Overland Mail Company begins delivering mail from St. Louis to San Francisco. The company’s motto is “Remember, boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the United States mail!” 

1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers, by accident, that the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect

1971 The environmental group Greenpeace is founded

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor is unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court

2008 The largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy in US history is filed by Lehman Brothers financial services firm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 257 - This day in legal and military history

September 14

NATIONAL Cream Filled Donut Day

NATIONAL Eat a Hoagie Day 

NATIONAL Gobstopper Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1814 Francis Scott Key writes the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” as he waits aboard a British launch in Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812

1940 Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in US history. It passed by one vote.

1959 The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface

1994 Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 256 - This day in legal and military history

September 13

NATIONAL Defy Superstition Day

NATIONAL Fortune Cookie Day


NATIONAL Positive Thinking Day


NATIONAL Celiac Disease Awareness Day

NATIONAL Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 Start of the US National Debt as the government took out its first loan, borrowed from the Bank of North America (NYC) at 6 percent interest

1814 British commence an overnight bombardment of Fort McHenry, inspiring "The Star Spangled Banner"

1898 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1956 IBM introduced the Model 305 computer capable of storing 20 megabytes of data

1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.

2001 Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks. The data flight recorder for United Flight 93 was found at the Pennsylvania crash site. Eighteen hijackers were identified as ticketed passengers.

2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas.  It had already been the most costly storm in Cuba’s history and becomes the third costliest in the US.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Day 255 - This day in legal and military history

September 12

NATIONAL Chocolate Milk Shake Day

NATIONAL Video Games Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1609 Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River

1940 The Lascaux Caves in France, with their prehistoric wall paintings, are discovered

1974 In Boston, Massachusetts, opposition to court-ordered school “busing” turns violent on the opening day of classes

2011 In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public

Monday, September 11, 2017

Day 254 - This day in legal and military history

September 11

Patriot Day / 911 Remembrance Day 

NATIONAL Make Your Bed Day

NATIONAL No News is Good News Day

NATIONAL Hot Cross Bun Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1847 Stephen Foster’s “Oh! Susanna” is first performed in a saloon in Pittsburgh

1916 The “Star Spangled Banner” is sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, New York

1962 The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do

2001 In a highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four US passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington and likely to strike the White House or Capitol, crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 253 - This day in legal and military history

September 10

WORLD Suicide Prevention Day

NATIONAL Sewing Machine Day


NATIONAL Swap Ideas Day

NATIONAL Grandparents' Day [first Sunday after Labor Day]

NATIONAL Pet Memorial Day [second Sunday in September]

NATIONAL Hug Your Hound Day [second Sunday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1623 Lumber and furs are the first cargo to leave New Plymouth in North America for England

1846 Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine in the United States

1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing in the US as part of the country’s wartime efforts

1997 The $250 million Mars Global Surveyor successfully went into orbit around Mars for its two year mapping mission

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 252 - This day in legal and military history

September 9

NATIONAL Teddy Bear Day

NATIONAL Wiener Schnitzel Day

NATIONAL Wonderful Weirdos Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1753 The first steam engine arrived in the US colonies

1776 The term “United States” is adopted by the Continental Congress to be used instead of the “United Colonies”

1791 Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington

1850 California, in the midst of a gold rush, enters the Union as the 31st state

1926 The Radio Corporation of America creates the National Broadcasting Company

1956 Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Cameras focus on his upper torso and legs to avoid showing his pelvis gyrations, which many Americans — including Ed Sullivan — thought unfit for a family show.

1965 The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is established

1965 Hurricane Betsy, the first hurricane to exceed $1 billion in damages, makes its second landfall near New Orleans

2003 Twenty-four tons of steel from the World Trade Center are melted & poured at a steel mill in Louisiana to form the bow section of the new USS New York (LPD-21)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 251 - This day in legal and military history

September 8

WORLD Physical Therapy Day



NATIONAL Iguana Awareness Day 


NATIONAL Star Trek Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1504 Michelangelo’s 13-foot marble statue of David is unveiled in Florence, Italy

1900 Galveston is devastated by a hurricane: 6,000-8,000 die

1952 Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea was published

1960 Penguin Books in Britain is charged with obscenity for trying to publish the DH Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover

1960 NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, was dedicated

1966 "Star Trek" debuts on NBC

1974 President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard M Nixon for any crimes arising from the Watergate scandal he may have committed while in office

1988 Wildfires in Yellowstone National Park in the US, the world’s first national park, force evacuation of the historic Old Faithful Inn.  Visitors and employees evacuate but the inn is saved.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 250 - This day in legal and military history

September 7


NATIONAL Beer Lovers Day

NATIONAL Buy a Book Day

NATIONAL Grandma Moses Day 

NATIONAL Neither Snow nor Rain Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1813 The earliest known printed reference to the United States by the nickname “Uncle Sam” occurs in the Troy Post

1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal

1864 In preparation for his march to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman orders residents of Atlanta, Georgia, to evacuate the city

1888 An incubator is used for the first time on a premature infant

1916 The US Congress passes the Workman’s Compensation Act

1979 ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programing Network, debuts

2001 The US State Department issued a memo that warned Americans “may be the target of a terrorist threat”

2008 The US Government assumes conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s two largest mortgage financing companies, during the subprime mortgage crisis

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 249 - This day in legal and military history

September 6

NATIONAL Fight Procrastination Day

NATIONAL Read a Book Day 

NATIONAL Coffee Ice Cream Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1847 Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts

1901 President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated.

1941 Nazi Germany required all Jews over the age of six to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothes

1983 The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, stating that the pilots did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace

1995 The Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig.  In 2007, fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history.

1997 The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place.  More than one million people line London’s streets to honor her and 2.5 billion watch the event on TV.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 248 - This day in legal and military history

September 5


NATIONAL Be Late for Something Day

NATIONAL Cheese Pizza Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1664 After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British, who rename it New York

1698 Russia's Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men 

1774 The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia

1972 Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics

1975 In Sacramento, California, an assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford is thwarted when a Secret Service agent wrests a semi-automatic .45-caliber pistol from Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of incarcerated cult leader Charles Manson

1991 Jury selection began in Miami in the drug and racketeering trial of former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 247 - This day in legal and military history

September 4

Labor Day

NATIONAL Newspaper Carrier Day 

NATIONAL Wildlife Day

NATIONAL Macadamia Nut Day

NATIONAL Eat an Extra Dessert Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1781 The city of Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers

1807 Robert Fulton began operating his steamboat

1881 The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on

1888 George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark

1893 Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess’ son with the first drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail and others. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is published eight years later.

1950 First appearance of the comic strip "Beetle Bailey"

1972 Mark Spitz becomes the first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.

1998 Google is founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 246 - This day in legal and military history

September 3

NATIONAL Pet Rock Day 

NATIONAL Skyscraper Day

NATIONAL Welsh Rarebit Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1189 Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned king of England at Westminster Abbey

1783 The Treaty of Paris is signed by Great Britain and the new United States, formally bringing the American Revolution to an end

1939 Great Britain and France declared war on Germany during World War II

1974 Frank Robinson was named the first African-American manager in major league baseball

1976 The unmanned US spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars and took the first pictures of the planet's surface

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Day 245 - This day in legal and military history

September 2

WORLD Beard Day

INTERNATIONAL Bacon Day [Saturday before Labor Day]

INTERNATIONAL Turkey Vulture Day 


NATIONAL Calendar Adjustment Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1666 The Great Fire of London, which devastates the city, begins

1789 The Treasury Department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, is created in New York City

1859 A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service

1901 Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair

1912 Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America

1944 Anne Frank is sent to Auschwitz

1945 Japan signs the document of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II

1945 Vietnam declares its independence and Nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh proclaims himself its first president

1963 The US gets its first half-hour TV weeknight national news broadcast when CBS Evening News expands from 15 to 30 minutes

1992 The US and Russia agree to a joint venture to build a space station

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 244 - This day in legal and military history

September 1

NATIONAL Cherry Popover Day

NATIONAL Letter Writing Day

NATIONAL Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Bring Your Manners to Work Day

NATIONAL College Colors Day

NATIONAL Lazy Moms Day  [first Friday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1752 The Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia

1882 The first Labor Day is observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union

1894 By an act of Congress, Labor Day is declared a national holiday

1904 Helen Keller graduates with honors from Radcliffe College

1905 Alberta and Saskatchewan become Canadian provinces

1923 An earthquake levels the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 300,000

1939 Germany invades Poland, beginning World War II in Europe

1942 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, upholds the government’s detention of Japanese-Americans and Japanese nationals as a war measure

1985 The wreck of the Titanic is found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint US and French expedition