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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


On this date in 1592, the very first children's book was written. Of course, since most children couldn't read at that time, sales were awful.

In 1797, Nathan Briggs received a patent for his new invention: the washing machine.
He got the idea while having a whirlpool of ideas while eating a Maytag salad.
The amazing device that attracts college kids home for the weekend.
He had help from his best friend, Spin Dry.
They held an election on what to call laundry soap and all three names got the same amount of votes. Yep, it was tied.
Up until that time, most women washed their men's shirts by pounding them with rocks... usually, while they were wearing them.
His kids in college immediately announced they would start coming home on Sunday afternoons.

On this date in 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. However, no charges were filed against his wife, Ivanka.

In 1866, the very first ambulance service began. Lots of people were very excited... although, most of them were lawyers.

On this in 1867, U.S. Secretary of State Seward began the official purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million. He said, "My only hope is that some day, someone won't say I can see Russia from my front porch!"

In 1881, Barnum and Bailey introduced "The Greatest Show On Earth." At first, they were quite organized. But in time, it just turned into a circus.

On this date in 1925, Nebraska adopted their official state flag. Shhh: it doesn't know it's adopted. Actually, by having an official state flag, it forced them to get a new state song and replace the old one, "You're a grand old pole."

Constantinople changed its name to Istanbul in 1930, so they could fit the country's name on t-shirts.

Just so you know, there was a time: On this date in 1980, the Prime Interest Rate hits 19.5%. Even loan sharks were saying, "Oh, come on!" Or, even loan sharks were saying, "Oh that's just too high!"

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