In 1789, Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He didn't want the job at first, but then the government offer to put his face on the $10 bill and, well, the rest is history. He was told that, if he didn't do a really good job, some day he would be replaced by Eleanor Roosevelt.
On this date in 1853, the electric telegraph was used for the first time.
They didn't catch on fire as easily as the gas-powered ones.
It had actually been invented years before, but the owner was a guy and refused to read the instruction book.
The trick was always finding an extension cord long enough.
Consider it the earliest form of Twitter. More like "Clicker."
In 1910, the first commercial electric bus line opened in Hollywood, California. Outside of people continually tripping over the extension cord, it worked pretty well.
On this date in 1946, the very first mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation took place. Well, it wasn't that long-distance. It was the car behind calling and saying "Hey, get off the phone. The light is green!"
In 1950, the "Dick Tracy" TV show sparked an uproar concerning violence on television. If they only knew how mild that was compared today. At least their wrist watches worked better back then.
On this date in 1985, Pete Rose got a single that put him in the record books as baseball's all-time career hit leader... and won him $25.
In 2001, our world was forever changed when terrorists crashed two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York, bringing down the twin 110-story towers, killing more than 3000 people. Another hijacked plane slams into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, killing at least 189 people. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in rural southern Pennsylvania, killing 44 people aboard. It was worst single act of terrorism ever committed on U.S. soil. On December 13, 2001 the U.S. government released a tape in which Osama bin Laden took responsibility for the attacks. On on May 2, 2011, bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. Special Forces who attacked bin Laden's compound on direct orders from President Obama.
It's September 11th. Just saying that date out loud reminds everyone of what happened back in 2001.
Rapper Ludacris turns the big 4-0 today.
Ironically, the rapper 40 has been acting Ludacris.
At what point does he grow up and change his name to something less outrageous, like "Les Outrageous?"
What is more ludicrous than a 40-year-old calling himself Ludacris?
Harry Connick, Jr. hits the big 5-0 today... even though he didn't make it through Independence Day. He has a model wife. Oh, actually, she's an ex-model, but still a wife (Jill Goodacre).
Moby turns 52 today. Don't buy him a hairbrush for his birthday. It's been done. I'm pretty sure he was the stunt double for Gallum in "Lord of the Rings."
Actor Andrew Jackson turns 55 today. He was on "All My Children" and the $20 bill, if we're not mistaken.
Make Your Bed Day -- Remember to always make your bed. A tidy bed is an oasis of order.
No News is Good News Day -- and we agree.