Monday, February 20, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1792, President Washington signed the order creating the U.S. Postal Service. Nice of him to do that on Presidents Day.

In 1809, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the power of the Federal government is greater than that of any individual state. Looks like we'll be giving that one a workout.

On this date in 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia. Back then, people settled arguments with pistols at 10 paces. Today, we have Judge Judy.

In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art officially opened in New York City. Oh, Metropolitan... I thought it was Neapolitan. I wondered, "Why would they make an entire museum dedicated to ice cream?"

On this date in 1945, the minimum wage for textile workers was raised to 55 cents an hour. Money was important to them. After all, textile workers are so material. Or is it sew material?

In 1962, U.S. astronaut John Glenn becomes the first person to orbit the Earth in the Friendship 7 space capsule. He had to orbit several times, as he had trouble finding a place to park.

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