Date: Aug 02, 1964
Joint Resolution of Congress, PL 88-408
Also on this day,
216 BCE | Hannibal routs the Romans at Cannae
Having marched a great army, complete with war-elephants, over the Alps for a land invasion of Italy two years before, Carthaginian commander Hannibal routs the Romans at the Battle of Cannae, an engagement that historians will claim “set the lines of military tactics for 2,000 years.”1343 | A husband’s execution sets his wife on a new career
Olivier de Clisson is beheaded in Paris after being found guilty of treason in a controversial trial, and his wife Jeanne de Clisson will take her revenge on the French king by raising her ‘Black Fleet’ and becoming an impressively successful pirate plying the English Channel, hunting down French ships.1943 | PT boat is sunk and a young lieutenant helps save mates
Lt. j.g. John F. Kennedy leaps into the Pacific Ocean after a nighttime attack by a Japanese destroyer has sunk his command, the PT-109 patrol torpedo boat. The future US president swims through burning wreckage and manages to help save all but two of his crew, leading survivors to an island to await rescue.