Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Day 339 - This day in legal and military history

December 5

WORLD Soil Day


NATIONAL Bathtub Party Day

NATIONAL Repeal Day [end of Prohibition]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1776 Phi Beta Kappa is organized as the first American Greek-letter college fraternity, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia

1848 President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California

1861 In the US Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced

1933 The 21st Amendment is ratified, ending Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier with the 18th Amendment

1955 The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO

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