ON THIS DAY
On this date way back in the year 48 BC that Caesar defeated Pompey at Pharsalus... which, we believe, was an early form of backgammon.
In 1767, the British Parliament approves the Townshend Revenue Acts, which imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America. Everyone was surprised by these taxes -- no one knew the British Parliament was made up of Democrats!
On this date in 1776, the Virginia state constitution is adopted, and Patrick Henry is made governor. That was back in the days when England was against a Brexit. Of course, Henry's famous for the phrase: "Give me liberty or give me death!" That was also the day the British coined the phrase, "No problem!"
In 1916, a Boeing aircraft flew for the first time. The Boeing brothers knew going in: "If it's not going, we're not Boeing." Back then, their company slogan was, "If it's not going, we're not Boeing."
On this date in 1940, the first issue of "Batman" was published. Only hours later, the joke "Oh, he was in the batroom" was told for the first time.
In 1953, congress passed the Highway Act... which resulted in the construction of dozens of freeways, allowing millions of people to drive slower than ever before.
On this date in 1956, Charles Dumas became the first person to high jump over 7 feet.
- It happened right after he backed into a javelin thrower.
- When asked how he did it, Charles replied, "Because of the Rottweiler on the other side of that 7-foot fence!"
- It was also the same day he won the lotto. Coincidence?
- Needless to say, the bank approved the loan.
In 1966, the citizens of Humberside, England, created a 3124-foot hot dog. They're still working on the bun to go with it.
On this date in 1994, in a British TV documentary, Prince Charles said he was faithful in his marriage to Princess Diana "until it became irretrievably broken down." It was Britain's version of "I did not have sex with that woman."
Can you believe it's the final day of June tomorrow?
Nicole Scherzinger celebrates number 39 today. She's an ex-judge from "The X-Factor" and a former Pussycat Doll. Just shy of being a former Spice Girl. She's so indecisive, the candles on her birthday cake always burn down before she can decide what to wish for...
Colin Hay, the lead voice from Men At Work, turns 64 today.
- Ironically, our younger listeners are wondering, "Who can it be now?"
- It's getting closer to changing the name of the group to "Men, Retired."
- He's going from singing "Who can it be now?" to asking it all the time.
Fred Grandy, who played Gopher on the old TV series, "The Love Boat," hits birthday number 69. It wasn't so bad being called Gopher, it was just all those traps they sent.
Gary Busey turns 73 today. Don't ask me how.
- Hug Holiday -- a day to encourage people to hug those who need attention. Nowadays, real men hug each other, and they're doing it more often than ever, say experts on social customs and good manners. "If you are greeting someone in a casual scenario, I don't think a hug is out of place," says Jason Tesauro, the author of "The Modern Gentleman." "Saying goodbye is always safer because you've built up a fellowship." Men often hug at emotional moments during sports events, weddings and funerals, says professor Mark Mormon of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "But if you are in the office, hugging generally doesn't work because there isn't a lot of emotion there," says Mormon. And most men aren't comfortable hugging for more than a second or two. If you're thinking of joining the group hug, consider these options:
- The quickie -- Two men shake hands and then use the free hand to clasp the other's shoulder or gently pat near the shoulder blade.
- The shoulder-pad bump -- Two men shake hands, then, without letting go, lean into each other and bump chests while their free hands pound each other heartily on the back.
- The slip and slide -- Two men stand side-by-side and briefly drape closer arms over the other's shoulder or behind the other's back while they tap each other's chests with the farther hands.
- The rapper hit -- Two guys meet with a fancy handshake, then step in to briefly bump their inside shoulders.