- The court refused to accept his excuse -- "Hey, I'm just a kidder."
- He later died accidentally, when he tripped and fell with a hangman's noose around his neck.
- He didn't really want to hang there, but he did.
- It's tough being a pirate in Red Sox country. He claimed he was framed by Jack Sparrow.
It was on this date in 1809, Pope Pius the 7th was taken prisoner by the French army, after he excommunicated Napoleon Bonaparte. Yes, when all else fails, take hostages.
In 1854, the Republican Party was formed. They asked the organizer what he was going to do now that the group was organized and he responded, "Gee... oh... pee!"
Helen Beatrix Potter was born on this date back in 1866. She achieved her fame from the "Peter Rabbit" books after years of unsuccessful attempts that included, "Mary Had a Little Lizard," "The Hobo of Oz" and "Old Father Hubbard."
On this date in 1898, the first Picture Postcard is made -- Try this out: one of the tabloids did a test and found that postcards with sexy women on the front take a day or two longer to be delivered, compared to postcards of scenery. They sent cards all over the country on this. Seven out of ten sexy cards took longer to reach their destination.
In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was established with the merger of Russia, White Russia, Transcaucasia and the Ukraine. So that's where we got White Russians.
On this date in 1928, the first all-talking motion picture, "The Lights of New York," was shown for the first time.
- Of course, they were still getting the bugs out of the whole movie thing. For example, the movie was first shown at a drive-in theater during the day.
- It was so long ago, people had to borrow a telephone from the lobby with a very long chord in order to have it ring during the movie.
- Unfortunately, though, all the talking was being done in the theater, not in the movie.
On this date in 1932, the price of a postage stamp went from two cents to three cents. These days, that's the amount of an increase.
In 1933, baseball's first-ever All Star game was played. They didn't have a home run derby then. Heck, the derby had just barely been invented!
On this date in 1987, Chrysler was ordered to pay $1.5 million for safety hazards. Why they'd want to put in safety hazards is beyond me.
Kevin Hart hits birthday number 38 today... at the knees.
50 Cent is 42 today. Ironically, rapper 42-cent turns 50. Probably because of the Canadian exchange rate.
Allyce Beasley -- Miss DiPesto from the TV series, "Moonlighting" turns 63 today. Seems like a million years ago... you know when Bruce Willis had hair.
Former President George W. Bush turns 71 today.
- They're thinking this might the first year to not get a pony.
- He was known as "the Great Communicationerist."
- Now that he's out of the White House, his birthdays are more fun. He doesn't have to worry about Dick Cheney blowing out his candles.
Sylvester Stallone celebrates birthday number 71 today. They say his health has been Rocky lately, which actually means good. Rambo is closer to Grampo.
National Fried Chicken Day -- Americans will eat more chicken per capita this year, far outpacing consumption of beef and pork, the National Chicken Council said. The poll also found that 89 percent of consumers surveyed ate chicken at least once each week, and more than one-third of them ate chicken three times a week. Chicken consumption of 81 pounds per person annually exceeds beef at 69 pounds and pork at 52 pounds. Americans have been steadily increasing the amount of chicken on their dinner tables since 1970, when the typical consumer ate 37 pounds of it.