Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 235 - This day in legal and military history

August 23

NATIONAL Ride the Wind Day

NATIONAL Sponge Cake Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1926 American film star Rudolph Valentino dies, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides

1990 East and West Germany announce they will unite on October 3

1993 The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon

1996 Osama bin Laden issues a message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 234 - This day in legal and military history

August 22

NATIONAL Be an Angel Day

NATIONAL Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

NATIONAL Eat a Peach Day

NATIONAL Tooth Fairy Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1642 Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham

1775 England’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of open rebellion

1864 Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention, the first codified international treaty that covered sick and wounded soldiers in the battlefield

1902 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile in Hartford, Connecticut

1911 President William Taft vetoed statehood to Arizona, because he believed a provision in the state's constitution authorizing the recall of judges was detrimental to the independence of the judiciary. The offending clause was removed and Arizona was admitted to statehood on February 14, 1912. Afterward, the state restored the provision to its constitution.

1963 American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km (66 mi)

1969 Hurricane Camille hits the US Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.4 billion in damages

1989 The first complete ring around Neptune is discovered

1996 The US Army began operating an incinerator in Utah to destroy 14,000 tons of chemical weapons over 7 years

2003 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended for refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building’s lobby

2005 The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway

2007 The most runs scored by any team in modern major league baseball history is recorded as the Texas Rangers trounce the Baltimore Orioles 30-3

2007 The Storm botnet sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day

Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 233 - This day in legal and military history

August 21

NATIONAL Senior Citizens Day

NATIONAL Spumoni Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1800 First public concert by the US Marine Corps Band, Washington, DC

1862 As the economy took a beating from the Civil War, the Treasury Department released fractional currency known as postage currency

1911 The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years. It is recovered in 1913.

1959 Hawaii is admitted into the Union as the 50th state

1993 NASA engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft on a $980 million mission. Its fate remains unknown.

2017 Total eclipse of the sun 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 232 - This day in legal and military history

August 20

WORLD Mosquito Day 


NATIONAL Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia as slaves

1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve

1882 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow

1913 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely

1940 Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

1977 The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.  It is now approximately 7 billion miles from earth and still going.

1980 Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

1982 US Marines land in Beirut

1998 The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval

2000 Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Day 231 - This day in legal and military history

August 19



INTERNATIONAL Homeless Animals Day

NATIONAL Aviation Day


NATIONAL Photography Day

NATIONAL Break the Monotony Day

NATIONAL Soft Ice Cream Day

NATIONAL Honey Bee Awareness Day [third Saturday in August]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1692 Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.

1812 The USS Constitution earns the nickname Old Ironsides during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere

1919 The Marines’ Hymn” was registered with the US Copyright Office
Click here for Marines' Hymn by USMC band 

1934 Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler Fuhrer

1950 Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations

2004 Google Inc. stock begins selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market, with an initial price of $85 and an ending price for the day of $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded

2005 A supercell weather pattern hits Toronto, with a series of thunderstorms spawning several tornadoes and causing flash floods in Southern Ontario. Losses exceed $500 million Canadian dollars, the highest ever in the province.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 230 - This day in legal and military history

August 18

NATIONAL Bad Poetry Day  
Click here for Vogon Poetry as read by Marvin 

NATIONAL Men's Grooming Day

NATIONAL Mail Order Catalog Day

NATIONAL Ice Cream Pie Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1587 In the Roanoke Island (North Carolina) colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare become parents of a baby girl who they name Virginia, the first English child born in what would become the United States

1590 John White, the leader of the 117 colonists on Roanoke Island, returns from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found.

1894 Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service

1920 Tennessee becomes the 36th state to ratify the nineteenth amendment granting women’s suffrage, completing the three-quarters necessary to put the amendment into effect

1939 The film The Wizard of Oz opens in New York City

1958 Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published

1973 Hank Aaron makes his 1,378th extra-base hit, surpassing Stan Musial’s record

1982 Pete Rose sets a record with his 13,941st plate appearance

2011 Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 229 - This day in legal and military history

August 17

NATIONAL Thrift Shop Day

NATIONAL Vanilla Custard Day

NATIONAL Get Smart About Credit Day

NATIONAL Black Cat Appreciation Day

NATIONAL I Love My Feet Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1969 Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people

1978 Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon

1982 The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany

1998 President Bill Clinton admits to the American public that he had affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

1999 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Izmit, Turkey kills over 17,000 and injures nearly 45,000