Thursday, February 16, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates. The battle cry: "You won't get our frigate ship!"

Henry Wilson, vice president under Ulysses S. Grant, was born way back in 1812. For some strange reason, the name on his birth certificate was Jeremiah J. Colbath. No idea why.

In 1862, 14,000 Confederate troops surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant and were made honorary French soldiers.

On this date in 1903, porcelain inlays became available to restore teeth. Suddenly, the inside of your mouth could feel like a kitchen sink.

In 1923, the very first radio news broadcast took place. The lead story -- that the very first radio news broadcast was taking place. Let us take you there, live. Here we are! Of course, by now, that's old news.

Also in 1923, the tomb of Egypt's King Tut was opened. At first, scientists were amazed at how the king appeared to be made of putty. Yes, they taught they taw a putty Tut! Much like Heidi Klum, the toughest part was removing the Seal.

On this date in 1937, a research chemist for Dupont got a patent for his invention of nylon. It wasn't long before there was a run on the fabric.

In 1959, Fidel Castro became President of Cuba. While "president for life" seems a bit harsh, think of all the election years and debates they didn't have to suffer through.

This date in 1968 was declared Aretha Franklin Day in Detroit. She was invited to stop by and blow out some burning cars.

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