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

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