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 By Tim ONeill    Humor    May 8, 2013

Tomato controversy resolved, table knife invented

May 8: 1790—The French National Assembly decides to create a decimal system of measurement resulting in the metric system. Tool manufacturers celebrate. 1914—Congress makes the second Sunday in...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    May 1, 2013

The Alamo falls, Germany surrenders, bin Laden killed

May 1: 2003—On the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush states that the “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” and declares “mission accomplished.” 2011—President Obama announces...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    April 24, 2013

Washington sworn in, Hitler checks out, Hubble orbits

April 24: On this very date, Shortly after the Beginning—God casts Adam and Eve out of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit. The Lord decides Adam hasn’t been punished enough and condemns him and...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    April 17, 2013

Revere's midnight ride, London Bridge is shipped away

April 17: 1956—Don Drysdale and Luis Aparicio begin their professional baseball careers. They are inducted into Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day on August 12, 1984. 1955—Two...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    April 10, 2013

Lee's last address, Lincoln killed, Titanic goes down

April 10: 837—Halley’s Comet and Earth come closest to each other by only 3.2 million miles. 1865—General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time after his surrender at Appomattox....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    April 3, 2013

MacArthur fades away, first synagogue, DNA published

April 3: 1220—First Native American smoke signal is used. The message sent was: “Can you read me? Can you read me now? ” 1973—In New York City, the first portable cell phone call is made. The...

 
 By Lou Marzeles    Humor    April 3, 2013

Humor book fascinating and funny

There was once a Golden Age of Comedy in this country. No, this is not it. For anyone interested in great comedy, you should read a great book on...

 

Jeopardy premieres, first ambulance

March 27: 1539—The Eastern European Council of Appellations decrees that in Poland every third person’s name must end with the letters “ski.” In invention history, the shoe lace is invented...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    March 20, 2013

Time finds typo, Popeye honored, Lindbergh gets medal

March 20: 1934—In an exhibition game, female athlete Babe Didrickson pitches a no-hitter inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1992 –While former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    March 13, 2013

Harvard, first St. Patrick's day parade

March 13: 1639—Cambridge College is renamed “Harvard.” 1865—There is something really wrong here: a bill is passed by the Confederacy approving the use of black slaves for service in the...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    March 6, 2013

Nuke drops on South Carolina, Alamo falls, tsunami hits

March 6: 1820—President James Monroe allows Missouri to be admitted as a slave state but prohibits slavery in the rest of the Northern Louisiana Purchase territory. The arrangement is known as the...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    February 27, 2013

First Mardi Gras, ghost word, the Miracle Worker arrives

Feb. 27: 1827—New Orleans celebrates Mardi-Gras for the first time. 1854—In Omaha, Ne., the Benevolent Order of Misers’ Hall closes after members refuse to pay the rent. 1900—Acetyl salicylic...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    February 20, 2013

Concern over the 6¢ stamp, the Alamo, Thriller hits charts

Feb. 20: 1792—The U.S. Postal Service prints stamps costing 6 to 12 cents, depending on the distance. 1839—Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia. 1943—The All-American Girls...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    February 13, 2013

Remember the Maine, stamps in coils, Jefferson wins

Feb. 13: 1741—The American Magazine is published; it is America’s first magazine. It contains an ad showing how young men could earn money by selling “Grit.” 1937—This is an awful day in...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    February 6, 2013

Chattanooga Choo Choo, North Korea hacks NRA list

Feb. 6: 1778—France formally recognizes the U.S. with the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris. 1933—The 20th Constitutional Amendment is adopted so the...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    January 30, 2013

Washington elected president, world’s first musician joke

Jan. 30: 1835—Andrew Jackson becomes the first president who is the target of an assassination. Born: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882). Died; Dead End Kid Henry Richard “Huntz” Hall (1999)....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    January 23, 2013

Challenger, Coast Guard established, California Gold Rush

Jan. 23: 7,320 BC—Cecilia Sowel of Abyssinia invents the first hard consonant. 1907—Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first person of Native American descent to serve in the U.S Senate. He...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    January 16, 2013

Prohibition enacted, Popeye, Castro ejected from game

Jan. 16: 1581—Roman Catholicism is outlawed by the British Parliament. 1919—The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, outlawing alcoholic drinks starting the next year....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    January 9, 2013

This ‘year’ in history: 2012’s best of the year in review

January: Jan. 1—New York City lowers the lit glass ball for the first time (1908). Y2K doesn’t happen (2000). Tell your friends and family that “Auld Lang Syne” is old Scottish for “Old...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    December 26, 2012

Show Boat, Louisiana Territory, Paul sues The Beatles

Dec. 26: 1955—Decca Records releases “See You Later Alligator” by Bill Haley and the Comets. 1956—Fidel Castro suffers his own Bay of Pigs after attempting a secret landing to overthrow...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    December 19, 2012

A Christmas Carol, Bob Hope, first Christmas lights

Dec. 19: 1621—In China, the first Tai Chi Marathon is held. Chen Wangting takes only three weeks to complete the 26-mile run. 1843—Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is first published....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    December 12, 2012

Mona Lisa recovered, Ike gets fifth star, Tasmania

Dec. 12: 1913—The Mona Lisa is recovered two years after being stolen from the Louvre. Born: Dionne Warwick (1940). Died: Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman AKA Douglas Fairbanks (1939). Poinsettia Day....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    December 5, 2012

Encyclopedia Brittanica, Pearl Harbor, first Nobel Prize

Dec. 5: 1634—Bishop Breaden of Westphalia invents Santa’s naughty and nice list. 1876—The pipe wrench patent given to Daniel C. Stillson. 1974—The Seattle Seahawks football team is born....

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    November 28, 2012

‘First’ Thanksgiving, telescope, Scrabble, Camelot

Nov. 28: 1520 —Ferdinand Magellan and crew become the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 1582—William Shakespeare pays £40 for a license to marry Anne Hathaway. 1814—Germ...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    November 21, 2012

First Mt. St. Helens eruption, Kennedy killed, Tarzan

Nov. 21: 301,000 BC—First time a hominid multi-tasked; he both hunted and gathered. 1922—Rebecca Felton becomes the first female US Senator. 1973—Rosemary Woods “accidental” erasure of 18...

 

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