Saturday, December 23, 2017

Day 357 - This day in legal and military history

December 23

Festivus Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1776 Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls”

1779 Benedict Arnold was court-martialed for improper conduct

1788 Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government, which became the District of Columbia

1823 The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore [original may have been written by Major Henry Livingston], often called “Twas the night before Christmas,” was published in Troy, New York

1986 Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling aboard the experimental airplane Voyager

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