Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 142 - This day in legal and military history

May 22
 

WORLD Goth Day
 

NATIONAL Buy a Musical Instrument Day
 

NATIONAL Maritime Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1849 Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock
 

1906 The Wright brothers are granted US patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”
 

1947 The first US ballistic missile was fired
 

1967 The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers
 

1972 Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
 

1973 President Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up
 

1985 Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108
 

1992 Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host
 

2004 An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person
 

2011 An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 141 - This day in legal and military history

May 21
 

NATIONAL Memo Day
 

NATIONAL Waiters and Waitresses Day
 

NATIONAL Talk Like Yoda Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1881 The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton
 

1927 Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis

1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland)
 

1956 The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific
 

1989 In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 140 - This day in legal and military history

May 20
 

NATIONAL Armed Forces Day [third Saturday of May]
 

NATIONAL Learn to Swim Day [third Saturday of May]
 

NATIONAL Be a Millionaire Day
 

NATIONAL Pick Strawberries Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1861 North Carolina becomes the 11th and last state to secede from the Union
 

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West. The Act allows adults over the age of 21, male or female, to claim 160 acres of land from the public domain.
 

1874 Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets
 

1944 US Communist Party dissolved
 

1990 The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 139 - This day in legal and military history

May 19
 

NATIONAL Boys Club Day
 

NATIONAL Bike to Work Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Endangered Species Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Pizza Party Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Devil's Food Cake Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants entering the United States
 

1928 The first annual Calaveras County "Frog Jumping Jubilee" was held in Angel's Camp, California
 1958 The United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
 

1964 US diplomats find at least 40 microphones planted in the American embassy in Moscow
 

2013 US Navy dolphins find a rare nineteenth-century torpedo off the coast of California

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138 - This day in legal and military history

May 18
 

INTERNATIONAL Museum Day
 

NATIONAL No Dirty Dishes Day
 

NATIONAL Visit Your Relatives Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1642 The city of Montreal was founded by the French
 

1861 Arkansas admitted to the Confederate States of America
 

1896 The Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States
 

1917 The US Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I
 

1942 New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II
 

1951 The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York City
 

1980 After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 137 - This day in legal and military history

May 17
 

WORLD Telecommunications Day
 

NATIONAL Pack Rat Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1792 The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement
 

1875 The first Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky
 

2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 136 - This day in legal and military history

May 16
 

NATIONAL Love a Tree Day
 

NATIONAL Sea Monkey Day
 

NATIONAL Wear Purple for Peace Day
 

NATIONAL Biographers Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1861 Tennessee officially admitted to the Confederacy. Kentucky proclaims its neutrality.
 

1884 Alaska became a US territory
 

1928 The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood
 

1941 The Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, opened on Broadway
 

1954 The US Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education
 

1991 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the US Congress. 

2011 Due to massive flooding along the river, the United States Coast Guard closes 15 miles of the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi