Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 326 - This day in legal and military history

November 22
 

NATIONAL Go For a Ride Day
 

NATIONAL Cranberry Relish Day
 

NATIONAL Juke Box Day [day before Thanksgiving]
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1842 Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 miles away.
 

1858 Denver, Colorado is founded
 

1906 The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin
 

1919 A Labor conference committee in the United States urges an eight-hour workday and a 48-hour week
 

1935 Pan Am inaugurates the first transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila
 

1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president
 

1964 Almost 40,000 people pay tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death
 

1988 The first prototype of a B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber is unveiled for public viewing

1990 Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom
 

1995 The first feature-length film created entirely with computer generated imagery, Toy Story, premiers
 

2000 Governor George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 325 - This day in legal and military history

November 21
 

WORLD Hello Day  

WORLD Television Day
 

NATIONAL Entrepreneurs Day
 

NATIONAL False Confession Day
 

NATIONAL Stuffing Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1338 An archer named Robin Hood enlists in the service of King Edward III at the garrison on the Isle of Wight
 

1620 Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the “Mayflower Compact,” designed to bolster unity among the settlers
 

1789 North Carolina becomes the 12th state in the Union
 

1794 Honolulu Harbor was discovered
 

1904 Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris

1973 The 18-1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed
 

2014 The United States House of Representatives files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for executive actions undertaken in relation to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 324 - This day in legal and military history

November 20
 

Universal Children's Day
 

NATIONAL Absurdity Day
 

NATIONAL Beautiful Day
 

NATIONAL Name Your PC Day
 

NATIONAL Peanut Butter Fudge Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights
 

1945 The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg
 

1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey
May 2007

1962 President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing
 

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: The Soviets agree to remove their missiles from Cuba, and the US lifts naval quarantine of the island
 

1967 The US census reports the population at 200 million
 

1974 The United States files an antitrust suit to break up AT&T
 

1981 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
 

2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to its lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 323 - This day in legal and military history

November 19
 

WORLD Toilet Day
 

INTERNATIONAL Men's Day
 

NATIONAL Guinness World Record Day
 

NATIONAL Have a Bad Day Day
 

NATIONAL Play Monopoly Day
 

NATIONAL Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg
 

1969 Apollo 12 touches down on the moon
 

1985 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco
 

1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not do their own singing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album
 

1998 The US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton
 

2001 President Bush signs the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 322 - This day in legal and military history

November 18
 

NATIONAL Mickey Mouse Birthday
 

NATIONAL Housing Day
 

NATIONAL Push Button Phone Day
 

NATIONAL Adoption Day [Saturday before Thanksgiving]
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1493 Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico
 

1820 US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovers Antarctica 

1861 Poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic
 

1865 Mark Twain’s first story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is published in the New York Saturday Press
 

1883 At exactly noon on this day, standard time zones began when American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times
 

1921 New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams
 

1928 Mickey Mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture
 

1936 The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined
 

1978 Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
 

2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional (the first such ruling in the US)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 321 - This day in legal and military history

November 17
 

WORLD Peace Day
 

WORLD Prematurity Day
 

NATIONAL Electronic Greeting Card Day
 

NATIONAL Homemade Bread Day
 

NATIONAL Take a Hike Day 

NATIONAL Petroleum Day
 

NATIONAL Unfriend Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1800 Congress meets in Washington, DC, for the first time
 

1869 The Suez Canal is formally opened
 

1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal
 

1918 US influenza deaths far exceed World War I casualties
 

1969 Soviet and US negotiators meet in Helsinki to begin the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)
 

1973 President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”
 

1988 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister, the first woman to lead a modern Muslim state
 

2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 320 - This day in legal and military history

November 16
 

INTERNATIONAL Tolerance Day
 

NATIONAL Button Day
 

NATIONAL Have a Party with Your Bear Day
 

NATIONAL Fast Food Day
 

NATIONAL Use Less Stuff Day
 

Great American Smoke-Out [third Thursday of November]
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1864 Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his “March to the Sea”
 

1907 The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state
 

1914 The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens
 

1920 Metered mail begins in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter
 

1933 The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations
 

1973 President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline 

2004 President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state