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Thursday, March 16, 2017


On this date in 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
A month later, he was killed by natives in the very first game of Survivor. The tribe had spoken.
Unfortunately, he was killed by natives the following month on "Kill the Explorer Day." Bad timing on his part.
Back then, the rules of "Survivor" were much stricter.
Thus the nickname for "the Kardashian Expedition."

James Madison, our country's 4th president, was born on this day back in 1751. He was our smallest president: only 5-foot 4-inches and weighing 100 pounds. His nickname was "David Spade." Of course, his wife, Dolly Madison, was quite famous for her cupcakes.

In 1792, Sweden's King Gustav III is shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party. See, so it's not just rappers.

On this date in 1802, Congress established "West Point." That only makes sense. In Congress, there are cads... at West Point, they have cadets.

Rudolf Diesel was born on this date, back in 1858. Of course, he invented that famous engine, the "Rudolf."

On this date in 1916, the U.S. and Canada signed a migratory bird treaty.
It was known as the "geese landed there, so they're your problem" treaty.
Every time they found an American duckling in Canada, they would turn around and give us a little goose.

In 1922, an Atlanta radio station became the first in the country to play Country music. I believe the first song was, "Why did you walk out on me when you could have gone around?," but I could be wrong.

On this date in 1926, Robert Goddard tested out his first liquid-fueled rocket. As reporters arrived, he admitted that yes, that was a rocket in his frontyard and he was happy to see them.

In 1935, Adolf Hitler scrapped the "Treaty of Versailles" because it was too hard to spell.

On this date in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "War on Poverty." Yeah, we didn't have a very big winning streak in the 1960s.

In 1991, New York City Mayor David Dinkins was booed as he marched with an Irish gay group in the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. It wasn't because he was with the group -- it was those shoes! How could he?

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