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

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