Monday, March 20, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh was released from the Tower of London.
After getting everyone hooked on cigarettes.
Ironically, the Tower was non-smoking.
I'm no history major, but I believe the Tower of London was the musical group he was performing with at the time.
Oh, sure, let the guy who introduced us to cigarettes, walk.

In 1815, Napoleon entered Paris. I think I've seen that video on the Internet.

On this date in 1885, John Matzeliger patented the shoe lacing machine.
Ironically, because he was such a loafer.
Because, heaven forbid, we'd have to bend over and lace our own shoes.
It was for those who can't reach there anymore.
It was for the truly lazy person who has everything.
How lazy can you get? Besides, may I say the word, "loafers?"


In 1899, a woman was executed in an electric chair for the very first time. It was like getting a permanent perm.

It was on this date in 1942 that General Douglas MacArthur vowed, "I shall return." Seemed a little overdramatic, just to go to the restroom, but he did return.

On this date in 1963, the very first pop art exhibit opened in New York. I only went because I thought they had said "Pop Tart!"


In 1988, an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA, caught the kite string of 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig, lifting her 10 feet in the air and carrying her 100 feet before she let go. That would be a great "where are they now?" story. My guess is, NOT flying a kite.

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