Sunday, December 17, 2017

Day 351 - This day in legal and military history

December 17
 

NATIONAL Maple Syrup Day
 

NATIONAL Wright Brothers Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1777 France recognized American independence
 

1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
 

1944 The US approves an end to the internment of Japanese Americans, declaring that the “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes effective January 2, 1945
 

1948 The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Kitty Hawk – the Wright brothers’ plane

1989 The Simpsons, television’s longest-running animated series, makes its US debut
 

1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by US, Canada, and Mexico

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Day 350 - This day in legal and military history

December 16
 

NATIONAL Chocolate Covered Anything Day
 

NATIONAL Day of Reconciliation
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1773 To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throws 342 chests of tea from 3 British ships into the Boston Harbor
 

1835 A fire in New York City lasts two days and destroys 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, the Merchants’ Exchange, the Post Office, and the South Dutch Church
 

1944 The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began in Belgium

2000 Colin Powell was selected to become the first African-American secretary of state

Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 349 - This day in legal and military history

December 15
 

NATIONAL Bill of Rights Day
 

NATIONAL Lemon Cupcake Day
 

NATIONAL Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
 

NATIONAL Cat Herders Day
 

NATIONAL Underdog Day
 

NATIONAL Free Shipping Day
 

NATIONAL Wear Your Pearls Day 
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1791 The "Bill of Rights" to the US Constitution goes into effect when Virginia submits its ratification
 

1939 The movie Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta, Georgia

1964 Canada adopted its national flag, a red maple leaf on a white background
 

1972 The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women
 

1973 The American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 348 - This day in legal and military history

December 14
 

INTERNATIONAL Monkey Day
 

NATIONAL Roast Chestnuts Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1819 Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states
 

1911 Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole

1903 The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
 

1999 In Panama, former US President Jimmy Carter symbolically turned over the Panama Canal, with formal ownership transfer date of December 31
 

2008 Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad
 

2012 At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 347 - This day in legal and military history

December 13
 

NATIONAL Ice Cream Day
 

NATIONAL Violin Day
 

NATIONAL Cocoa Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1642 New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
 

1862 Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia
 

1972 Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon.
 

2003 Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured while hiding in a hole in the ground

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 346 - This day in legal and military history

December 12
 

Chanukah / Hanukkah begins at sundown, ends December 20
 

NATIONAL Ding-a-Ling Day
 

NATIONAL Poinsettia Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1787 Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US Constitution
 

1800 Washington DC was established as the capital of the US
 

1995 By only three votes, the US Senate killed a constitutional amendment giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and other forms of flag desecration
 

1998 The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton
 

2000 The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v Gore, effectively ending legal challenges to the results of that year’s presidential election

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 345 - This day in legal and military history

December 11
 

INTERNATIONAL Mountain Day
 

NATIONAL Noodle Ring Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1816 Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state
 

1844 Nitrous oxide was used for the first time in dentistry
 

1941 Italy and Germany declare war against the US.  The US declares war on Italy and Germany.
 

1945 A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes

1946 The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established
 

1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball
 

2008 Bernard Madoff, an investment manager, was charged with defrauding clients of as much as $50 billion in what might be the largest swindle in Wall Street history