Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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May 15th
Peace Officers Memorial Day
This day brings an occasion that deserves more notice than it often gets. May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time to honor the police officers who keep our neighborhoods and country safe. In 1962 President Kennedy signed a Congressional resolution, which reads, in part:

Whereas the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and

Whereas these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and

Whereas by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations;

Whereas these men and women by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic:

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the President is authorized and requested to issue proclamations  designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty
Each year, the president calls on Americans to fly flags at half-staff on May 15. By annual proclamation the president also urges Americans to pay tribute to fallen officers and asks them to honor the men and women who work daily in the cause of justice.

American History Parade
1602
English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold leads the first European exploration of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

1756
England declares war on France in America, beginning the Seven Years’ War.

1911
The Supreme Court upholds an order for the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company, ruling that it is a monopoly.

1940
Crowds of shoppers scramble to buy nylon stockings the first day they go on sale in selected stores.

1951
AT&T announces that it is the first U.S. corporation to have 1 million stockholders.
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