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 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...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    November 7, 2012

Galloping Gertie, Sadie Hawkins Day

Nov. 7: 1940—A heavy wind storm causes the first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge (nicknamed “Galloping Gertie”) to collapse. 1997—The first step in building the world’s largest...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    October 31, 2012

Lincoln first third-party candidate elected, King Tut

Oct. 31: 1517—Martin Luther wears the first Protestant Halloween costume after posting his 95 theses on doors of the Wittenberg church. 1952—The Marshall Islands hosts the first thermonuclear...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    October 17, 2012

Beer spill kills 9; first sound in films

Oct. 17: 1091 –A violent tornado rips through London. It is believed it was a T8/F4 on the Fujitsi scale which is interesting as the scale was formulated until around 1973. 1814 – Also in London,...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    October 10, 2012

Cuban missile crisis, Texas becomes a state, Roosevelt shot

Oct. 10: 988—Dublin is founded on the banks of Ireland’s river Liffey. 1040—Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to protest high taxes. 1932—Elsa Einstein is interviewed about her husband...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    October 3, 2012

Mt. Rushmore, Great Chicago Fire, Sputnik starts the space race

Oct. 3: 1949—Dumont TV debuts that memorable hit, Captain Video and His Video Rangers. 1991—Steffi Graf sets a record when she becomes the youngest woman to win 500 pro tennis matches. Born:...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    September 12, 2012

Horse beats train, Times raises price to two cents, Napoleon at Kremlin

Sept. 12: 1609—The Hudson River is discovered by—of all people—Henry Hudson. 1953—JFK marries Jacqueline Bouvier. On his ninth anniversary, he states the U.S. will have a man on the moon...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    September 5, 2012

‘United States’ debuts, first lighthouse, bombs dropped in Oregon, 9/11

Sept. 5: 1774—Philadelphia hosts the first meeting of the first Continental Congress. 1862—Pilot Henry Tracey Coxwell and meteorologist James Glaishea make the highest ascent of a passenger...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    August 22, 2012

Green Bay Packers, Monster Mash, Pompeii, Krakatoa erupts

Aug. 22: 565—Legend (and a book) has it that St. Columba was the very first to see the Loch Ness monster on this day. 1886—Wearing a cork life jacket, William J. Kendall swims through the Niagara...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    August 1, 2012

PT 109, Shakers, Mickey Mouse watch, first income tax, first Jeep

Aug. 1: 1649—Madame Touissant receives the first ever clothes catalog by mail. The next day she gets 46. 1861—The Confederacy receives recognition by world military power Brazil. 1936—Berlin...

 
 By Tim ONeill    Humor    July 25, 2012

Cajuns, NASA, Rembrandt declares bankruptcy, World War I begins

July 25: 1860—Harvard and Yale compete in the first U.S. intercollegiate billiard match. 1951—First recorded instance of parents sticking their first-grader’s artwork on a refrigerator....

 

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