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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today In History

In honor of today being the day in 1930 when the Veterans' Administration was established...Do you know why Veteran's Day is on November 11 every year?

On November 11, 1918 the Armistice was signed to end WWI, and therefore was adopted as Veterans' Day. Now you know.

1861 - The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.

1873 - Jesse James and his gang pulled off the first train robbery in the U.S. They took $3,000 from the Rock Island Express at Adair, IA.

1930 - The Veterans’ Administration of the United States was established.

1969 - Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.

1980 - Draft registration began in the United States for 19 and 20-year-old men.

1997 - The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.

1999 - The missing plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. was found off of the coast of Martha's Vineyard, MA. The bodies of Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren Bessette were found on board. The plane had crashed on July 16, 1999.

2007 - The seventh and last book of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was released.

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