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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


On this date in 1782, the Gnadenhytten massacre took place as some 90 Indians who had converted to Christianity were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. Yes, as oppressors, there were some bugs to work out. Come to think of it, I don't think they ever did.

Karl Von Grafe was born way back in 1787. He's considered "the father of plastic surgery"... or, as the late Michael Jackson liked to call him, "Daddy!" His daughter really did get her looks from her father.

On this date in 1838, the U.S. mint in New Orleans began making dimes. You know who really appreciated that? All the "Five & Blank" stores. At first, people said, "I wouldn't give you 10 cents for them." Up until that time, when people wanted to stop on something, they had no idea what to do.

In 1894, New York became the first state to require licenses for dogs.
The tough thing was getting them to wear the license plates.
Up until that time if they got into a car accident, there was nothing to suspend.
Whether or not dogs should be allowed to drive is another story.
They made lousy drivers.

On this date in 1913, the IRS began collecting income taxes. Needless to say, the folks at H and R Block were thrilled to finally have something to do. Yes, they began collecting taxes in 1913 and they haven't stopped since. They just keep going and going and going...

On this date in 1972, the Goodyear Blimp went up in the air for the very first time. Before that, Blimpy's was just known as "ee's." Until the pilot knew how to control it completely, he did use training wings. In its early days, they used to take passengers up in the blimp, charging 2-cents a pound. Needless to say, the passengers were mostly men, since women didn't want people to know how much they paid...

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