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Monday, June 5, 2017


On this date in 1783, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier publicly demonstrate their hot-air balloon in a 10-minute flight over Annonay, France.
  • They thought about opening a chain of hot air balloon dealers, but they were up in the air. 
  • They launched with those famous words, "Jacques, help me. My shirt is caught in this basket!" 
  • It was the first powered-by-a-politician flight. 

In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power. Hey, I'm all for neutrality, as long as it's even to both sides. Wish we had paid a little more attention to it over the years.

On this date in 1886, Henry Ford drove the first Ford-built car down Bagley Street in Detroit. Isn't that amazing? Not the car stuff, the part about being brave enough to drive down a street in Detroit.

On this date in 1940, the very first synthetic rubber tire was exhibited in Akron, Ohio.
  • Of course, it paved the way for development of the artificial flat tire. 
  • Before then, the old saying used to be, "Where the stuff that tires are made from hits the road." 
  • The move paved the way for development of the first artificial flat tire. 
On this date in 1967, the Six-Day War erupted between Egypt and Israel. I don't know how long it lasted.


Wow, it's already Cinco de Juno!

Figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya turns 19 today. If they put names on their skating outfits, hers would go all the way around.

Pete Wentz from Fallout Boy turns 38 today.

Bass player P-Nut turns 43 today. One of the few singers around that some people are allergic to.

Mark Wahlberg celebrates number 46 today. His Funky Bunch days seem like forever ago, but at least today, his name's less repetitive. He got the nickname from his father, "Daddy Dad."

Brian McKnight turns 48 today. You know what they say: Brian is always Brian, but once McKnight is enough.

Kenny G celebrates his 61st birthday today.
  • He was instrumental with the saxophone. 
  • I wonder if the only place he ever shops is Sachs? 
  • He took elevator music to a higher floor! 

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