Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 228 - This day in legal and military history

August 16

WORLD Bratwurst Day

NATIONAL Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day

NATIONAL Tell a Joke Day

NATIONAL Rollercoaster Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1691 Yorktown, Virginia, was founded

1777 France declares a state of bankruptcy

1858 US President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line

1861 President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy

1988 IBM introduces artificial intelligence software

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 227 - This day in legal and military history

August 15

NATIONAL Relaxation Day

NATIONAL Lemon Meringue Pie Day

NATIONAL Pythagorean Theorem Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1057 Macbeth, king of Scotland, was killed by Malcolm Canmore

1908 First Navy post offices established in Navy ships

1911 Proctor & Gamble Company introduced Crisco vegetable shortening

1914 The Panama Canal opens to traffic

1939 The Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood

1945 Gasoline and fuel oil rationing for World War II ends in the United States

1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan

1969 Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York

1971 US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation

2001 Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own - two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper

2007 An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 226 - This day in legal and military history

August 14

NATIONAL V-J Day [commonly celebrated on September 2 when Japan formally surrendered]

NATIONAL Creamsicle Day

NATIONAL Social Security Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1457 The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.

1935 The Social Security Act became law

1945 Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II [Victory over Japan Day]

1947 Pakistan becomes an independent country

1974 Congress authorized US citizens to own gold

1987 Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie

1994 Space telescope Hubble photographed Uranus with rings

1995 Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet at South Carolina’s state military college, The Citadel.  Her admission is met with intense resistance, including death threats, and she left the school a week later.

2001 Helios, a remote-controlled, solar powered NASA plane, reached a record 96,500 feet

2003 The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast, affecting 10 million people in Ontario, Canada and 45 million people in 8 US states

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 225 - This day in legal and military history

August 13


NATIONAL Filet Mignon Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1868 A series of earthquakes killed 25,000 in Peru and Ecuador

1889 The first coin-operated telephone is patented by William Gray

1942 Disney's Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City

1961 The erection of the Berlin Wall begins

1969 The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City

1993 The US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails

2008 US swimmer Michael Phelps won his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day 224 - This day in legal and military history

August 12

WORLD Elephant Day


NATIONAL Middle Child Day

NATIONAL Vinyl Record Day

NATIONAL Bowling Day [second Saturday in August]

NATIONAL Garage Sale Day [second Saturday in August]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1851 Issac Singer patented the sewing machine

1865 British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery

1896 Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

1898 Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States

1908 Henry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line

1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill

1981 Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer, running PC-DOS 1.0

1992 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world’s wealthiest trade bloc

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day 223 - This day in legal and military history

August 11

NATIONAL Presidential Joke Day

NATIONAL Son and Daughter Day

NATIONAL Play in the Sand Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1906 In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film

1909 The SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC

1934 The first inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay

1942 Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi

1965 A clash between the California Highway Patrol and two black youths during a routine traffic stop sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles

1972 The last US ground forces withdraw from Vietnam

1984 Carl Lewis wins four Olympic gold medals, tying the record Jesse Owens set in 1936

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 222 - This day in legal and military history

August 10

WORLD Lion Day


NATIONAL S'mores Day

NATIONAL Skyscraper Appreciation Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1821 Missouri enters the Union as the 24th state – and the first located entirely west of the Mississippi River

1846 The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson

1944 US forces seized Guam from Japan

1948 Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television

1949 The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense

1993 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice

1995 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged with eleven counts in the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was later convicted of murder and was executed on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.

1997 The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.

2006 All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified