Monday, January 15, 2018

January - Week 3 - New Jersey - the Garden State

3 New Jersey


Admitted to the US - December 18, 1787
Postal abbreviation – NJ
Capital – Trenton
Area – 8,721.30  square miles [47th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 8,791,894 [11th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile - 1,195.50 [2nd largest in the US]
Area codes – 201, 609, 732, 856, 908, 973
Zip codes – 07001 - 08989
Number of counties – 21
State nickname – Garden State
State motto – Liberty and Prosperity

Fun facts 
-New Jersey has the highest number of toxic waste dumps of any state in the US
-More Revolutionary War battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other colony
-As of 2012, the 6-mile long Atlantic City boardwalk is the longest boardwalk in the world
-The Hindenburg disaster occurred in Lakehurst New Jersey
-The properties in the US board game Monopoly are named after streets in Atlantic City

Law Schools
Rutgers Law 
Seton Hall Law 
Why does New Jersey have the most toxic waste dumps and California have the most lawyers? 

Military facts
Military schools 
NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs 
Military bases 


Monday, January 8, 2018

January - Week 2 - Pennsylvania - the Keystone State

2 Pennsylvania

Admitted to the US – December 12, 1787
Postal abbreviation – PA
Capital – Harrisburg
Area – 46,055.24 square miles [33rd largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 12,702,379 [6th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile - 283.9 [11th largest in the US]
Area codes – 215, 267, 412, 484, 570, 610, 717, 724, 814, 878
Zip codes – 15001 - 19640
Number of counties – 66
State nickname – Keystone State
State motto – Virtue, Liberty, and Independence


State Flag of Pennsylvania
Fun facts
Punxsutawney is the weather capital of the world
Hershey is the chocolate capital of the world
Fire burns under Centralia for 50 years 
Lancaster County has the highest Amish population in the US
25 Facts about Pennsylvania

Law Schools
Drexel University - Thomas R. Kline School of Law 

Duquesne University School of Law 
Penn State Dickinson Law 
Penn State Law 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
Temple University - Beasley School of Law 
Villanova University - Charles Widger School of Law 
Widener University - Commonwealth Law School 

Military facts
Fort Indiantown Gap
Willow Grove Naval Air Station
Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station
US Army Garrison - Carlisle Barracks
Letterkenny Army Depot
Tobyhanna Army Depot
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg
Naval Support Activity Philadelphia
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard


Monday, January 1, 2018

January - Week 1 - Delaware - the First State

Welcome to 2018!  Last year I posted "this day in legal and military history" daily for 365 days, along with obscure national holidays.  Phew!  I'm tired.

This year I'll be posting weekly legal, military, and other trivia about our 50 states, in the order of when they were admitted into the United States.


We begin with:

1 Delaware

Admitted to the US - December 7, 1787
Postal abbreviation – DE
Capital – Dover
Area – 2,489 square miles [49th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 897,934 [45th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile - 460.8 [8th largest in the US]
Area code – 302
Zip codes – 19701 - 19980
Number of counties – 3
State nickname – First State
State motto – Liberty and Independence

State Flag of Delaware
Fun facts
The last state to have land in the national park system designated [in 2013]
No sales tax!
25 facts about Delaware 
Facts from Delaware Historical Society 


Delaware Law School
Widener University  - Delaware Law School

Military facts
Delaware Military Academy, a charter public high school
Dover Air Force Base
New Castle Air National Guard




Sunday, December 31, 2017

Day 365 - This day in legal and military history

December 31
 

New Year's Eve

NATIONAL Make Up Your Mind Day
 

NATIONAL Unlucky Day
 

NATIONAL Champagne Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two
 

1938 The first breath test for drivers, "drunkometer," was introduced in Indianapolis
 

1946 President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II
 

1965 California becomes the largest state by population
 

1992 Czechoslovakia splits into the Czech Republic and Slovakia
 

1999 The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal and the adjacent land known as the Panama Canal Zone to Panama 

2017 I finished a blog post every day this year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Day 364 - This day in legal and military history

December 30
 

NATIONAL Bacon Day
 

NATIONAL Bicarbonate of Soda Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1862 The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln‘s cabinet for comment
 

1922 Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
 

1940 California's first freeway opened 
San Jose freeway interchange

2006 Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule

Friday, December 29, 2017

Day 363 - This day in legal and military history

December 29
 

NATIONAL Pepper Pot Day
 

NATIONAL Tick Tock Day
 

NATIONAL No Interruptions Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1607 Indian Chief Powhatan spares John Smith’s life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas
 

1845 Texas is admitted as the 28th state of the Union
 

1851 The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) opened in Boston

1890 The US Cavalry kills 146 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, South Dakota
 

1891 Edison patented the “transmission of signals electrically” (radio)
 

1950 Time magazine selected “GI Joe” as the Man of the Year

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Day 362 - This day in legal and military history

December 28
 

NATIONAL Card Playing Day
 

NATIONAL Chocolate Candy Day
 

NATIONAL Pledge of Allegiance Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1065 Westminster Abbey consecrated

1846 Iowa is admitted as the 29th State of the Union
 

1869 William F. Semple patented chewing gum
 

1945 Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance