Thursday Apr 16, 2009

On this day: April 16th, 1941

Bob "Rapid Robert" Feller throws the only opening day no-hitter in the history of MLB.

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

November 7th, 1885 - Canadian Pacific Railway completed

Railroads have always fascinated me: orderly rails, ordered destinations.

On this day, Nov 7th, 1885, the "last spike" was driven in BC for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

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Friday Aug 08, 2008

August 8, 1786: Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is a 15000+ foot mountain on the French-Italian border. It was climbed for the first time on this day August 8th, 1786. The French and Italians are still disputing whether the summit of the mountain is in French or Italian territory. Sounds like summit-envy to me.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

August 6, 1787

On August 6, 1787, proof sheets of the United States Constitution were delivered to the convention.

Monday Jul 14, 2008

One door closes and another one opens

On this day, July 15, 2003, Netscape was disbanded and The Mozilla Foundation established.

July 15 is also the Feast Day of the Holy Nine Virgins, the nine daughters of Saint Donald of Ogilvy.

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The Sedition Act, 1798

The Sedition Act was enacted on this day, July 14, in 1798. Incredibly, the Act contained language which made it a crime to write or publish "scandalous and malicious writing or writings" against the government of the United States. Naturally, Thomas Jefferson made it clear that the Act was in violation of the Tenth and First Amendments.

Things to think about: The Sedition Act expired in 1801 without being renewed -- too quickly after its enactment to be realistically challenged in the Court system.

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