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 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


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



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