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


  1. I've been following but not commenting. The 13th was also the Bataclan massacre. Here in Paris lots of emotion.

    1. That wasn't on the "today in history" sites I troll for my posts, so I looked it up. I remember when that happened. I can definitely imagine the lots of emotion. Very sad day.