Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 334 - This day in legal and military history

November 30

NATIONAL Stay Home Because You're Well Day

NATIONAL Computer Security Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1782 The British sign a preliminary agreement in Paris, recognizing American independence and ending the Revolutionary War

1974 The fossilized remains of a female human ancestor named Lucy (after the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) were found in Ethiopia

1982 Thriller, Michael Jackson’s second solo album, is released and becomes the best-selling album in history

1993 US President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law, which required a 5 day waiting period to purchase handguns

1995 Operation Desert Storm officially comes to an end

1998 Exxon and Mobil Oil agree to a $73.7 billion merger, creating the world’s largest company, Exxon-Mobil

2004 On the game show Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses after 74 consecutive victories, the longest winning streak in game-show history, earning him a total of over $3 million

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Day 333 - This day in legal and military history

November 29

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Day [tentative]

NATIONAL Square Dance Day

NATIONAL Electronic Greeting Card Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1777 San Jose, California, the first civilian settlement [pueblo] in Alta California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe

1890 The first Army-Navy football game, at West Point: Navy 24, Army 0

1903 An inquiry into the US Postal Service demonstrates the government has lost millions of dollars because of fraud

1948 The children’s television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premieres

1963 The Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in Great Britain

1972 Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game

2012 Data from the NASA space probe MESSENGER indicate that Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, almost surely has water/ice buried beneath the surface at its north pole

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 332 - This day in legal and military history

November 28

NATIONAL French Toast Day

NATIONAL Red Planet Day

NATIONAL Day of Giving [Tuesday after Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1520 Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, having discovered a strait at the tip of South America [now called the Strait of Magellan], enters the Pacific Ocean

1868 Mt. Etna in Sicily violently erupts

1942 Coffee rationing went into effect in the US, continuing through World War II

1942 Almost 500 people died in the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston

1948 Dr. Edwin Land’s first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston

1958 The US reported the first full-range firing of an ICBM

1963 Six days after the assassination of President Kennedy, President Johnson announced that the Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, would be renamed “The John F. Kennedy Space Center.” Residents voted in 1973 to change the name back to Cape Canaveral. 

1980 Iranian naval and air forces destroy most of the Iraqi Navy

1990 Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain and John Major became the new prime minister

1995 President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mile-an-hour speed limit

Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 331 - This day in legal and military history

November 27

Cyber Monday [Monday after Thanksgiving, advertised as the first official online shopping day of the Christmas season]

NATIONAL Pins and Needles Day

NATIONAL Craft Jerky Day

NATIONAL Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1910 New York's Pennsylvania Station opened

1951 Cease-fire and demarcation zone accord was signed in Panmunjom, Korea

1973 The Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned

1978 San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the city’s first openly gay supervisor, are assassinated by former city supervisor Dan White

2001 The Hubble Space Telescope discovers a hydrogen atmosphere on planet Osiris, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet

2003 President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with US troops

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Day 330 - This day in legal and military history

November 26

NATIONAL Shopping Reminder Day



Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1778 Captain Cook discovered Maui in the Sandwich Islands, later named Hawaii

1789 George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution

1861 West Virginia was created because of a dispute over slavery with Virginia

1863 The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated

1901 The Hope diamond is brought to New York

1941 The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to its attack on Pearl Harbor

1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day

1942 President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1

1949 India becomes a sovereign democratic republic

1975 Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is found guilty of an attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life

1985 Random House advanced President Ronald Reagan $3 million for the rights to publish his autobiography

2000 Republican candidate George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, giving him enough electoral votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Day 329- This day in legal and military history

November 25

NATIONAL Small Business Saturday

NATIONAL Parfait Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

2348 BC Biblical scholars believe this is the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood

1783 Evacuation Day - the British leave New York City, their last base in the US, and the Governor of New York honors George Washington at a banquet where thirteen toasts are offered, beginning with "The United States of America"

1867 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite

1923 Transatlantic broadcasting from England to America commences

1946 The US Supreme Court grants the Oregon Indians land payment rights from the US government

1955 The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel

1963 The body of assassinated President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery

1999 Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida

2002 President Bush created the Department of Homeland Security

Friday, November 24, 2017

Day 328 - This day in legal and military history

November 24

Black Friday [day after Thanksgiving, first advertised shopping day of Christmas season]
Black Friday at Apple store, NYC, 2011

NATIONAL You're Welcome Day

NATIONAL Buy Nothing Day

NATIONAL Native American Heritage Day

NATIONAL All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day

NATIONAL Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

NATIONAL Flossing Day

NATIONAL Systems Engineer Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1859 Charles Darwin publishes On Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. The first printing of 1,250 copies sells out in a single day.

1871 National Rifle Association organized in New York City

1874 Joseph F Glidden receives a patent for barbed wire

1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John Kennedy, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department

2000 The US Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush’s appeal whether the extended Florida ballot counting violates federal law

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 327 - This day in legal and military history

November 23

Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900

NATIONAL Eat a Cranberry Day


NATIONAL Espresso Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1783 Annapolis, Maryland became the US capital until June 1784

1785 John Hancock is elected president of the Continental Congress for the second time

1889 The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco

1909 The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of their airplanes

1921 President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis-Campbell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.

1936 First issue of Life magazine hit the newsstands

1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City

1945 Wartime meat and butter rationing ends in the United States

1992 The first Smartphone, IBM’s Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

2000 In Florida, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency plea by Al Gore to force Miami-Dade County to resume manual vote counts

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 326 - This day in legal and military history

November 22

NATIONAL Go For a Ride Day

NATIONAL Cranberry Relish Day

NATIONAL Juke Box Day [day before Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1842 Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 miles away.

1858 Denver, Colorado is founded

1906 The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin

1919 A Labor conference committee in the United States urges an eight-hour workday and a 48-hour week

1935 Pan Am inaugurates the first transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila

1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president

1964 Almost 40,000 people pay tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death

1988 The first prototype of a B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber is unveiled for public viewing

1990 Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom

1995 The first feature-length film created entirely with computer generated imagery, Toy Story, premiers

2000 Governor George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 325 - This day in legal and military history

November 21

WORLD Hello Day  

WORLD Television Day

NATIONAL Entrepreneurs Day

NATIONAL False Confession Day

NATIONAL Stuffing Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1338 An archer named Robin Hood enlists in the service of King Edward III at the garrison on the Isle of Wight

1620 Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the “Mayflower Compact,” designed to bolster unity among the settlers

1789 North Carolina becomes the 12th state in the Union

1794 Honolulu Harbor was discovered

1904 Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris

1973 The 18-1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed

2014 The United States House of Representatives files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for executive actions undertaken in relation to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 324 - This day in legal and military history

November 20

Universal Children's Day

NATIONAL Absurdity Day

NATIONAL Beautiful Day


NATIONAL Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights

1945 The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg

1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey
May 2007

1962 President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: The Soviets agree to remove their missiles from Cuba, and the US lifts naval quarantine of the island

1967 The US census reports the population at 200 million

1974 The United States files an antitrust suit to break up AT&T

1981 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released

2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to its lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 323 - This day in legal and military history

November 19

WORLD Toilet Day


NATIONAL Guinness World Record Day

NATIONAL Have a Bad Day Day

NATIONAL Play Monopoly Day

NATIONAL Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg

1969 Apollo 12 touches down on the moon

1985 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco

1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not do their own singing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album

1998 The US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton

2001 President Bush signs the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 322 - This day in legal and military history

November 18

NATIONAL Mickey Mouse Birthday

NATIONAL Housing Day

NATIONAL Push Button Phone Day

NATIONAL Adoption Day [Saturday before Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1493 Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico

1820 US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovers Antarctica 

1861 Poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic

1865 Mark Twain’s first story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is published in the New York Saturday Press

1883 At exactly noon on this day, standard time zones began when American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times

1921 New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams

1928 Mickey Mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture

1936 The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined

1978 Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana

2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional (the first such ruling in the US)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 321 - This day in legal and military history

November 17

WORLD Peace Day

WORLD Prematurity Day

NATIONAL Electronic Greeting Card Day

NATIONAL Homemade Bread Day

NATIONAL Take a Hike Day 

NATIONAL Petroleum Day

NATIONAL Unfriend Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1800 Congress meets in Washington, DC, for the first time

1869 The Suez Canal is formally opened

1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal

1918 US influenza deaths far exceed World War I casualties

1969 Soviet and US negotiators meet in Helsinki to begin the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)

1973 President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

1988 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister, the first woman to lead a modern Muslim state

2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 320 - This day in legal and military history

November 16



NATIONAL Have a Party with Your Bear Day

NATIONAL Fast Food Day

NATIONAL Use Less Stuff Day

Great American Smoke-Out [third Thursday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1864 Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his “March to the Sea”

1907 The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state

1914 The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens

1920 Metered mail begins in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter

1933 The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations

1973 President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline 

2004 President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 319 - This day in legal and military history

November 15

America Recycles Day

NATIONAL Clean Your Refrigerator Day

NATIONAL Philanthropy Day

NATIONAL I Love to Write Day

NATIONAL Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1626 The Pilgrim Fathers, who settled in New Plymouth, buy out their London investors

1777 The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the US Constitution

1881 The American Federation of Labor is founded

1920 Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva

1960 The first submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina

1969 A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, DC

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 318 - This day in legal and military history

November 14

WORLD Diabetes Day

NATIONAL Operating Room Nurse Day

NATIONAL Spicy Guacamole Day


NATIONAL Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

NATIONAL Young Readers Day [second Tuesday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1851 Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is published in New York

1889 Nellie Bly set out to beat Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg's time of 80 days to travel around the world. She did it in 72.

1908 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

1910 Lieutenant Eugene Ely of the US Navy becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship

1921 The Cherokee Indians ask the US Supreme Court to review their claim to one million acres of land in Texas

1922 The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House

1935 Nazis deprive German Jews of their citizenship

1960 OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) is formed

1963 Iceland gets a new island when a volcano pushes its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast

1968 Yale University announces its plan to go co-ed

2002 Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress

2003 Sedna, the most distant object ever found in our solar system, was discovered by astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory in California

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 317 - This day in legal and military history

November 13

WORLD Kindness Day

WORLD Orphans Day

NATIONAL Caregiver Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Sadie Hawkins Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1806 Pike’s Peak was discovered by Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike during an expedition to locate the source of the Mississippi River

1830 Publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides" which saved the famed frigate from the scrap heap

1835 Texas officially proclaims its independence from Mexico and calls itself the Lone Star Republic until its admission to the Union in 1845

1851 The London-to-Paris telegraph begins operation

1862 Lewis Carroll writes in his diary, “Began writing the fairy-tale of Alice – I hope to finish it by Christmas”

1907 Paul Corno makes the first helicopter flight

1914 The brassiere, invented by Caresse Crosby, is patented

1927 New York’s Holland Tunnel officially opens for traffic

1940 The US Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African-Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods

1940 Walt Disney's Fantasia debuted

1941 The New York City public schools hold a practice air raid drill and 1.1 million children take part

1952 Harvard’s Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest

1956 The US Supreme Court unanimously strikes down two Alabama laws requiring racial segregation on public buses

1970 Powerful tropical cyclone Bhola strikes the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), causing an estimated half-million deaths in a single night, the worst natural disaster of the 20th century

1971 The US space probe Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars

1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC

1985 23,000 people die when the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts, melting a glacier and causing a massive mudslide that buries Armero, Columbia
September 1985

Late November 1985

Armero, December 1985

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 316 - This day in legal and military history

November 12

WORLD Quality Day

NATIONAL Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

NATIONAL Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

NATIONAL Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

NATIONAL Happy Hour Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1775 General Washington forbade the enlistment of blacks

1912 Robert Scott’s diary and dead body were found in Antarctica

1954 The Ellis Island Immigration Station closes, after welcoming some 12,000,000 new Americans

1968 The US Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools

1990 Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Day 315 - This day in legal and military history

November 11

Veterans Day

NATIONAL Origami Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1620 The Mayflower Compact was signed by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, providing the basis for all governments of the American colonies

1839 The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia

1889 Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union

1918 German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918

1921 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery is dedicated and, escorted by 30 holders of the Medal of Honor, the "Unknown Soldier" is laid to rest

1933 The first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hits North Dakota

1935 Albert Stevens and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when they float to 72,395 feet in a balloon

1938 Irving Berlin‘s “God Bless America” is performed for the first time by singer Kate Smith

1942 Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37

1954 November 11 designated as Veterans Day [originally Armistice Day] to honor veterans of all US wars

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 314 - This day in legal and military history

November 10

NATIONAL Forget-Me-Not Day

NATIONAL Marine Corps Day

NATIONAL Area Code Day

NATIONAL Sesame Street Day

NATIONAL Vanilla Cupcake Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1775 The US Marine Corps is founded

1951 Direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States

1969 The PBS children’s program Sesame Street debuts

1970 The Great Wall of China opened to the world for tourism

1972 Hijackers divert a jet to Detroit, demanding $10 million and ten parachutes

1975 The iron ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald breaks in half and sinks in a storm at the eastern end of Lake Superior; all 29 crew members perish

1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, DC

1983 Bill Gates introduces Windows 1.0

1989 German citizens begin tearing down the Berlin Wall

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Day 313 - This day in legal and military history

November 9

WORLD Freedom Day

NATIONAL Chaos Never Dies Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts

1872 Great Fire of Boston - 13 die and more than 775 buildings burn

1887 The United States receives rights to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

1888 Jack the Ripper killed his last victim, Mary Jane Kelly

1921 USS Olympia arrives at the Washington Navy Yard from France carrying the body of the Unknown Soldier for internment at Arlington National Cemetery

1965 Nine Northeastern states and parts of Canada go dark in the worst power failure in history

1970 The Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge by the state of Massachusetts regarding the constitutionality of the Vietnam War

1979 NORAD goes on full alert when a computer glitch indicates a massive wave of incoming Soviet missiles

1989 The Berlin Wall is opened after dividing the city for 28 years

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Day 312 - This day in legal and military history

November 8


NATIONAL Cook Something Bold Day


NATIONAL Tongue Twister Day

NATIONAL Parents as Teachers Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

392 Theodosius of Rome passes legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire and ending the Olympic games

1731 Benjamin Franklin opened the first US library

1793 The Louvre opens to the pubic in Paris

1889 Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union

1892 Former President Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison and became the only president to win non-consecutive terms

2000 A dispute begins over the US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, centered on Florida.  A Supreme Court ruling on December 12 results in a 271-266 electoral victory for Bush.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day 311 - This day in legal and military history

November 7

US General Election Day [first Tuesday after the first Monday of November]

NATIONAL Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

NATIONAL Hug a Bear Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1307 William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head

1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published

1805 Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean

1874 The Republican Party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine

1916 President Woodrow Wilson is re-elected in a race is so close that all votes must be counted before an outcome can be determined.  Results are not known until November 11.

1940 The Tacoma Bridge in Washington State collapses

1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term by defeating Thomas Dewey

1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1983 Bomb explodes in US Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries

2000 Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first First Lady (1993–2001) elected to public office in the US when she wins a US Senate seat

2000 Election Day in the US ends with the winner between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore still undecided

Monday, November 6, 2017

Day 310 - This day in legal and military history

November 6

NATIONAL Marooned without a Compass Day

NATIONAL Saxophone Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States

1861 Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy

1866 Professor Arronax, Conseil, and Ned Land are taken aboard Captain Nemo's 'Nautilus' to begin "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1923 As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks

1986 The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration

1999 Australia’s voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament

2012 The US territory of Puerto Rico votes for a non-binding resolution to become a US state

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Day 309 - This day in legal and military history

November 5

Guy Fawkes Day

Daylight Savings Time Ends [first Sunday in November, change your clocks!]

NATIONAL Gunpowder Day

NATIONAL Zero Tasking Day

NATIONAL Love Your Red Hair Day

NATIONAL Doughnut Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1605 Guy Fawkes is betrayed and arrested in an unsuccessful attempt by Catholics to blow up British Parliament in the “Gunpowder Plot”

1639 First post office in the colonies opened in Massachusetts

1872 Susan B. Anthony is arrested and fined $100 for trying to vote

1911 Calbraith P. Rodgers ends the first transcontinental flight – 49 days from New York to Pasadena, California

1930 Sinclair Lewis becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Babbit

1935 Parker Brothers company launches “Monopoly,” a game of real estate and capitalism

1979 Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declared US “The Great Satan”

2009 US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 29 at Fort Hood, Texas in the deadliest mass shooting at a US military installation

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Day 308 - This day in legal and military history

November 4


NATIONAL Use Your Common Sense Day

NATIONAL Chicken Lady Day


NATIONAL Book Lovers Day [first Saturday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1854 The first lighthouse on the West Coast was built at Alcatraz Island

1880 James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio, patented the first cash register

1922 The US Postmaster General orders all homes to get mailboxes or relinquish delivery of mail

1923 The tomb of Pharoah Tutankhamun is discovered in the Valley of the Kings

1992 Carol Moseley Braun becomes the first African-American woman elected to the US Senate

2008 Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is elected the 44th and first African-American president of the United States

Friday, November 3, 2017

Day 307 - This day in legal and military history

November 3

NATIONAL Housewife Day

NATIONAL Sandwich Day

NATIONAL Jellyfish Day 

NATIONAL Love Your Lawyer Day


NATIONAL Fountain Pen Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1507 Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini (“Mona Lisa”)

1883 The US Supreme Court declares American Indians to be “dependent aliens”

1921 Milk drivers on strike dump thousands of gallons of milk onto New York City’s streets

1952 Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas

1964 For the first time, residents of Washington, DC are allowed to vote in a presidential election

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Day 306 - This day in legal and military history

November 2

All Souls Day

INTERNATIONAL Project Management Day

NATIONAL Use Less Stuff Day

NATIONAL Deviled Egg Day

NATIONAL Look for Circles Day

NATIONAL Plan Your Epitaph Day

NATIONAL Men Make Dinner Day [first Thursday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1889 North Dakota becomes the 39th state and South Dakota becomes the 40th state

1903 London’s Daily Mirror newspaper is first published

1920 The first radio broadcast in the United States is made from Pittsburgh

1947 Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose flies for the first and last time

1948 Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey to the surprise of pollsters and newspapers, in the greatest presidential upset in history [until, perhaps, 2016]

1960 A British jury determines that Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence is not obscene

1983 President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

2000 An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first residents of the international space station

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Day 305 - This day in legal and military history

November 1

All Saints Day

WORLD Vegan Day

NATIONAL Extra Mile Day

NATIONAL Authors Day

NATIONAL Cook for your Pets Day

NATIONAL Family Literacy Day

NATIONAL Vinegar Day


NATIONAL Deep Fried Clams Day

NATIONAL Stress Awareness Day [first Wednesday in November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

79 The city of Pompeii is buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

1512 Michelangelo’s painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is exhibited for the first time

1755 Earthquake, fires, and tsunami destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and claimed 70,000 lives

1765 The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies

1870 The US Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations

1936 The Rodeo Cowboys Association is founded

1945 John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine

1967 The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the streets

1968 The Motion Picture Association of America officially introduces its rating system to indicate age-appropriateness of film content

1982 Honda opens a plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the US

1993 The Maastricht Treaty was enacted, establishing the European Union