On this date in 1586, Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe, saying, "This spud's for you!"
- Europe greeted them, but potatoes were quite rude and didn't say anything back.
- He coined the line, "This spud's for you!"
- I think Potatoes was the name of his Irish girlfriend.
On this date in 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine. His last words were, "Could you just take a little off the top?"
In 1851, a total solar eclipse was photographed for the first time. The picture was much better when viewed at night.
On this date in 1867 the capitol of Nebraska was chosen. They decided to capitalize the letter "N."
In 1896, the city of Miami, Florida, was incorporated. Of course, back in those days, most people walked around carrying guns and Spanish was the primary language and... oh... As of today, it's 121 years old... and is still running around in a tank top with its blinker on.
On this date in 1900, the hamburger was said to have been created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
- Until that point, the Hamburglar was pretty bored and had nothing to steal.
- There were some who relished the idea, others, in time, would ketchup.
- Up until then, there was nothing to like fries with.
- The next day, he put up a sign that said, "Over one sold."
In 1914, the very first transcontinental phone call took place in this country between San Francisco and New York City. The conversation went like this: "Hello? Hi, mom? Can you send more money?" then suddenly, the line went dead.
On this date in 1931, Congress made "The Star Spangled Banner" our national anthem. At first, no one would stand for it... but eventually, they did. I once wrote a national anthem, but no one would stand for it.
The very first singing telegram was delivered on this date in 1933 to entertainer Rudy Vallee. He got it for a song! Or, the delivery man sang a tune called, "Guess who's being audited by the IRS?"
Afroman turns 43 today. Years ago, he had a hit song called, "Must Have Been High." I would say he was a one-hit wonder, but I'm pretty sure he's had a lot more hits than just one.
Elizabeth Berkley is 45 today. She gave us "Saved by the Bell" and the movie, "Showgirls" and refuses to take either of them back.
Lori Loughlin from "Full House" and now "Fuller House" turns 53. What's she doing these days? I think she washes the Olsen twins' cars on the weekends.
Sally Struthers who played Gloria in "All in the Family" turns the big 7-0 today. Back on "All in the Family," she was married to "Meathead." Yes, she was the Kardashian of her time.
Jim Davis, the creator of the comic strip Garfield, turns 72 today. He plans a quiet evening at home, enjoying some lasagna cake.
National Milk Chocolate Day -- Get this, seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. However, research shows that what perks up your taste buds also reveals vital information about your personality. Milk chocolate means you're a Mr. Spocktype who solves problems with keen logic and rational solutions. Leaning toward the darker variety indicates you're guided by your emotions and you resolve problems with creative flair.