Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 287 - This day in legal and military history

October 14


NATIONAL Be Bald and Free Day

NATIONAL Dessert Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1066 The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings

1912 US President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He is saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insists on finishing his speech.

1947 Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane

1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis begins.  A USAF U-2 reconnaissance pilot photographs Cubans installing Soviet-made missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

1964 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence

1968 Jim Hines, USA, breaks the “ten-second barrier” in the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics in Mexico City; his time was 9.95

1968 The first live telecast from a staffed US spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7

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