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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Columbus doesn't find Asia, first female astronaut walks in space

This week in history


Which are real?...

Oct. 9: 999—Leif Ericson crosses the Atlantic and discovers “Vinland.” Some Time in the Past: The lyricist for “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” decides to substitute the vowels “e-i-e-i-o” rather than the consonants “k-w-k-w-q.” 1973—Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years. In the later property settlement, they fight over who gets the black hair dye. 1984—Kathy Sullivan becomes the first U.S. female astronaut to make a spacewalk. Born: John Lennon (1940). Moldy Cheese Day. Today’s word: Izles—chimney sparks or embers that exit the chimney.

Oct. 10: 1914—No need to travel around Cape Horn, as the Panama Canal opens. 1937—Sylvan Goldman invents the shopping cart to attract customers and to give some an excellent way to take discarded aluminum cans to a recycling machine. Born: Thelonius Monk (1920). Died: Christopher Reeve (2004). Great American Beer Festival. Today’s Word: Cymraeg –the Welsh word for their language.

Oct. 11: 1911—Ty Cobb and Frank Schulte are given automobiles when they become the first baseball MVPs. 1945—Mao Tse-Tung and fellow communists begin the Chinese Civil War. 2010—Democrats and Republicans elected to the House and Senate accidentally work with each other and do something. Born: Senator Patty Murray (1950). La Mort En Rose: Edith Piaf (1963). National Sausage Pizza Day. Today’s Word: Heptarchy—a government of seven rulers.

Oct. 12: 1492—Christopher Columbus believes he discovered Asia after sighting Watling Island in the Bahamas. 1892—The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance is first recited in public schools in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ first landing at the wrong place. 1945—Private First Class Desmond T. Doss becomes the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. 2000—In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, is attacked by terrorists while refueling. The explosion kills 17 crewmembers and injures 39. Born: Jesse Owens (1913). Died: Robert E. Lee (1870). Today’s Word: Ectozoon—an external parasite. See brother-in-law.

Oct. 13: 2010—All 33 miners survive Chile’s Capiano mining disaster despite being underground for 69 days. 2015—The American Automobile Investigation and the Consumer Protection Agency begin a joint investigation into why car advertisers always show a road or driveway wet even if the ad is set on a sunny, dry day. Born: Marie Osmond (1959). Died: Ed Sullivan (1974). International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Today’s Words: Marriage music—a nickname for annoying noise made by children.

Oct. 14: 1863—Alfred Nobel patents “blasting oil” (nitroglycerin). 1947—After experiencing smog that reduced visibility to less than three blocks, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors creates the L.A. County Air Pollution Control District, the first effort to reduce air pollution. 1947—Chuck Yeager becomes the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Died: Heinrich Kayser (1940). National Dessert Day. Today’s Word: Mascaron—a grotesque face on a door knocker.

Oct. 15: 1947—Southern California experiences a wave of funny violence when members of the Marx Brothers, Our Gang, the Ritz Brothers, the Three Stooges, and the Dead End Kids fight over gang territory. 1969—The largest U.S. demonstration occurs when approximately two million people protest the Vietnam War and pay tribute to deceased U.S. soldiers. Born: Lee Iacocca (1924). Died: Mata Hari born Margaretha Geertruida “M’greet” Zelle MacLeod (1917). National Bulk Foods Week. Today’s Word: Charabanc—green algae resembling horsetail ferns.


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