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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Lewis and Clark return, 'Yes, there is a Santa'

This week in history


Which are real?...

Sept. 18: 1848—The rules of baseball change so a first baseman can tag the base for an out instead of having to tag the runner. 1851—The New York Times prints its first issue at the astronomical price of two cents a copy. 1895—In Davenport, Iowa, D. D. Palmer becomes the first chiropractor. 1947—The first Country and Western act at Carnegie Hall features Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. 1965—Mickey Mantle plays his 2000th game on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium. 2001—The U.S. begins combat operations in Afghanistan. Born: Lance Armstrong (1971). He is immediately accused of birth doping. Died: Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix (1970). National Clean Hands Week.

Sept. 19: 1676—The American colonies’ first rebellion occurs when Nathan Bacon and outraged Virginians burn down the colony’s capital, Jamestown. 1690—The first American newspaper, the Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, appears for its first and only time. It is followed by the Goldundale Publick Occurrences, Foreign and Domestick, and Klikatat Kownte Sentinell. 1778—The first U.S. budget passes the Continental Congress. By the way, “budget” comes from the French word for “purse.” 1906 –Leonardo Torres Quevedo demonstrates his invention, the Telekino, in the port of Bilbao by guiding a boat from shore while sitting in his Lazy Boy eating Tostitos and bean dip in what is considered the birth of the remote control. 1981 -Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice. Born: Shel Silverstein (1930). Died: George Plimpton (2003). Armed Forces Day (Mozambique).

Sept. 20: 1664—Maryland enacts the first law to ban interracial marriage. 1850—In the District of Columbia, the slave trade is outlawed but ownership of existing slaves is OK. 1881—Chester A. Arthur swears in as president after the death of President James Garfield (assassinated by the disappointed office seeker, not the anarchist). 1938—Wallace Carothers receives patent #2,130,948 for nylon. 1973—Bobby Riggs eats crow after getting wiped all over the court by Billy Jean King. 1990—East and West Germany ratify reunification. Born: Fran Drescher (1957). Died: Jim Croce (1973). National Punch Day.

Sept. 21: 1776—While living his one life to give, spy Nathan Hale is arrested by the Redcoats. 1814—The “Star Spangled Banner” is published as a poem; no, the words “play ball” did not follow the last stanza. 1897—The New York Sun jumps the gun by publishing the “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” editorial. 1915—Stonehenge gets sold to CH Chubb for a neat 6,600 £; it is given to England in 1918. 1966—Seattle’s James “Jimmy” Hendrix changes his name to “Jimi.” 2234—Antique Formica makes a major comeback for kitchen floors. Born: Fannie Flagg (1944). Died: Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce’ (1904). National Blueberry Popsicle Month.

Sept. 22: 1692—Last persons hang for witchcraft in North America. 1910—England finally gets around to its first aircraft flight. 1920—A Chicago grand jury meets to investigate whether the “Black Sox” threw the 1919 World Series. 1945—Stan Musial makes five hits off five pitchers on five consecutive pitches. 2009—Geneticists use the DNA samples from Moe, Larry, and Curly to isolate the Stooge chromosome. Born: Tommy Lasorda (1927). Died: Eddie Fisher (2010). Banned Books Week.

Sept. 23: 1806—Lewis and Clark’s expedition ends upon their return to St. Louis. 1952—Richard Nixon buys TV time to say that charges against him for alleged campaign funding improprieties are untrue. The viewing public finds out Pat Nixon wears a “respectable Republican cloth coat” and that a gift dog was named Checkers by daughters Trish and Julie. 1962—ABC broadcasts its first color TV show, The Jetsons. Born: Bruce Springsteen (1949). Id, Ego, and Superego passes on: Sigmund Freud (1939). National Pancake Day.

Sept. 24: 1789—Congress creates the Postal Service and passes the Federal Judiciary Act, creating a six-person Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General. President Washington appoints John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Can you imagine how long this would take the federal government today? 1852—At Versailles, Henri Giffard makes the maiden flight of his hydrogen-filled three-horsepower steam-powered aircraft called a dirigible. 1890—The President of the Mormon Church issues a manifesto refuting polygamy. 1961—The Bullwinkle Show premiers in prime time on NBC-TV. Also making their debuts on this day were The Munsters (1964); 60 Minutes, The Mod Squad (1968), and The Love Boat (1977). 1977—Evansville, Ind.’s Morgenthau Funeral Home goes out of business after failing dismally to increase its Market share by adding mirror balls and disco music for its disco memorial services. Born: Jim Henson (1936). Died: Theodor Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss (1991). Gall Bladder Good Health Day.


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