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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


On this date in 1581, Francis Drake completed a circumnavigation of the world.
Although, there were some opposed to the idea and felt circumnavigation should be a family choice.
For those of you who believe circumnavigation is okay.
Yep, he was the first big winner in "The Amazing Race."

On this date in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and is banished to the island of Elba. It could have been worse. It could have been the Isle of Lucy.

In 1828 In Amsterdam, Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder.
A guy named Nestle said, "That was quick!" and the rest was history...
You'd think with an invention like that, he would have been a lot more famous.
The tough part was getting the cows to give powdered milk.

On this date in 1841, President William Henry Harrison received the distinct honor of becoming the first American president to die in office. The even more sad part of this is that he died from pneumonia... after being sworn-in during absolutely horrible weather only a month earlier.

It was on this date in 1850 that Los Angeles incorporated as a city. Of course, back then, things were different: the streets were dangerous, most people carried guns, most people spoke in Spanish and the fastest people traveled was like 5 miles an hour... huh, it hasn't changed!

On this date in 1877, the very first private telephone was installed in a home in Boston.
It was a great time to have a phone -- telemarketers hadn't been invented yet.
It rang. At the other end, a New York governor was asking, "Is Bubbles there?"
And less than 20 minutes later, a telemarketer called!

In 1932, C.G. King isolated Vitamin C at the University of Pittsburgh. Apparently, she was disruptive in class.

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