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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ON THIS DAY

Until 154 BC, today -- March 1st -- was New Year's Day, according to the Roman calendar. So if you see some hung-over Romans running around today, well, that explains it.
In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress. It was during a continental breakfast.
In 1790, congress authorized the first census. I believe that was the first and only time congress made any census. They've never census to me!
On this date in 1864, a patent was issued for the movie projector.
  • Now, the only thing left to do was to invent the movie camera! Seems kind of backwards.
  • Next step: to invent film!
  • Up until that time, teenagers went to drive-ins for only one thing. Wait, they still do. If they can find a drive-in.

It was on this date back in 1913 that the Federal Income Tax took effect according to the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This really should be a national day of mourning.
The first FM radio station went on the air on this date in 1941. Before then, AM was cool.
The very first K-Mart opened on this date in 1962 after a series of very unfortunate A through J-Marts.
On this date in 1961, Mattel introduced Barbie's boyfriend, the Ken doll. Sadly for Barbie, a few weeks later she found the sad truth -- accessories not included.

Also in 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps, the toughest job you'll ever love. His job had its drawbacks, too.

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