On this date in 1693, the college of William and Mary was chartered in Williamsburg, VA.
- Everyone was thrilled about it except Mary... who wanted it called "Mary and William."
- That year, their football team went undefeated. They were good, but it was mostly because there weren't any other colleges in the country.
In 1778, France became the first country to officially recognize the United States.
- If nothing else, to tick off England.
- When they presented us with their "Rudeness for Life" award.
- That's why we don't mind them being so rude.
- Up until that time, our disguise had worked perfectly.
On this date in 1933, the 20th Amendment to our constitution went into effect. That's the one that moved up Inauguration Day from March, to January. It's also called the "oh, let's just get this over with" amendment.
If you watched The Crown, this is the date in 1952 when Britain's King George VI died and was succeeded to the throne by his daughter Elizabeth II. She's been Queen of England for 65 years.
On this date in 1968, Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower shot a hole in one. A secret service agent threw himself on the hole out of habit. It would be years later when Vice-President Dick Cheney was out hunting with an attorney that he also shot a hole in one.
In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepherd hit three golf balls on the moon.
- That may sound impressive, but you should know it was in a par 2 crater.
- And that was just to get out of the sand crater.
- That sounds like a big deal, but the moon was par 2, so he was one over.