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

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