Napoleon Bonaparte was born on this date in 1769. I don't mean to say he was short, but he was often mistaken for half of his brother.
The dental chair was patented on this date in 1848. It wasn't easy... with all the paperwork, it was like pulling teeth!
The famous actress Ethel Barrymore was born in 1879. She was so talented, producers felt like they had two choices when hiring an actress: Regular or Ethel.
Crisco was introduced by Proctor & Gamble on this date in 1911. After all these years, I didn't realize you could also use it for cooking!
On this date in 1914, the first ship sailed through the Panama Canal.
- And really, who among us has not blamed a passing ship?
- Over the years, it became easier.
- A local store baked up something special for the passengers so they could enjoy the canal locks with bagels.
In 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.
- The movie knocked it out of the park, somewhere over the rainbow...
- In honor of that special occasion, the first half of today's show was in black and white.
- It was a Toto success.
- Movie goers weren't sure they were going to like it. One said, "Oh, sure, when monkeys fly!"
In 1945, gas rationing ended after World War II. If only we had stayed on it, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today!
Woodstock opened at Yasgar's Farm on this date in 1969. The tricky thing about Woodstock: if you were there, you probably don't remember you were there. Actually, it was an amazing site: thousands of people gathered to celebrate love and music... sorta like an Osmond family picnic!
On this date in 1971, President Nixon ordered a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rent. Where was this "presidential freeze" when my house value was falling? Or, the 90-day wage & price freeze came with nuts on top.
In 1999, Tiger Woods won the PGA championship. Does THAT seem like a long time ago, or what?
Jennifer Lawrence is all of 27. Seems like she's been around forever.
Ben Affleck turns 45 today. His first acting job was in a PBS series called, "The Voyage of Mimi." I'm going to assume he wasn't Mimi. Or, being a Jennifer Garner fan, the moron is turning 45 today.
Debra Messing turns 49 today. As they say, "Where there's a Will, there's a Grace." "Will and Grace" is a show with a straight woman and two gay roommates. It was basically "Three's Company" in reverse.
Larry Mathews, who played the little kid Ritchie on the old "Dick Van Dyke Show," turns 62 today. Man, that seems like more than half a century ago... wait! It was!
Britain's Princess Anne turns 67 today. That would make Queen Elizabeth's daughter eligible to retire, had she ever started working.
Pat Priest, one of the Marilyn's from The Munsters, turns 81 today. She's closer to Grandpa's age, although he was 236. She looks more like Lilly these days.
National Relaxation Day -- Dr. John Farquhar, author of the book "The American Way of Life Need Not Be Hazardous To Your Health," offers these tips on how to relax.
- Find a quiet place, and lie down or sit comfortably.
- Tense muscles in one hand, then relax them. Do the same with the rest of that side of your body, tensing and then relaxing each part separately: Forearm, upper arm, shoulder, foot, calf, thigh. Repeat this on the other side of the body starting again with the hand.
- Loosen your hip muscles and let a wave of relaxation pass up from your abdomen to your chest.
- Now let the wave of relaxation continue into your shoulders, neck, jaws and the muscles of your face.
- Finish the drill by imagining your forehead growing cool -- as though you're telling it to chill.
"Practice this drill twice a day," Dr. Farquhar advises, "before meals or at least one hour after you eat. With practice, you will soon be able to attain deep muscle relaxation in as little time as two minutes."