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)

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