In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State, well, because Foreign Affairs was a personal matter.
Besides, most of our leaders' affairs were domestic.
It was a much more popular title with wives.
Although, with everything that goes on back in DC, a Department of Affairs might help us keep everything straight.
On this date in 1793, all colleges and universities in France were abolished. All fight songs were ordered to surrender.
In 1821, Independence was proclaimed for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador with the words, "Let the revolutions begin!"
The very rotund William Howard Taft was born on this date back in 1857. He was our 27th president, but he was big enough to be our 27th state!
On this date in 1940, the famous "Battle of Britain" took place. It didn't have a thing to do with any bands.
In 1947, the very first 4-engine jet-propelled fighter plane was tested... and it was a much bigger success than the very first 4-engine jet-propelled golf cart.
On this date in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" made its television debut. All those years of wearing a mask for absolutely nothing on radio were suddenly behind him.
In 1957, the TV show "Bachelor Father" premiered, with John Forsythe. After raising his family, John changed his name to Charlie and headed up his Angels.
On this date in 1965, the TV show "Lost in Space" made it's debut. It was about a group of travelers who were miniaturized and then traveled inside Katy Perry's head.
Republican presidental candidate Richard Nixon first appeared on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" way back in 1968 to utter the immortal words, "Sock it to me!"
It was on this date in 1986 that Leard Woedruff set the dominos stacking record at 242. It would have been 243 if he just hadn't sneezed... (Since then the record has been broken 15 times and is currently held by Alexandr Bendikov of Belarus with 1063.)
In 1994, President Clinton told Haiti's military leaders in a primetime television address: "Your time is up. Leave now or we will force you from power." Which, ironically, was the same thing Republicans said to him in 1998.
On this date in 1998, Mark McGuire hit his 63rd home run of the season. If we had only known then what we know now... we would have been less impressed.
It's Friday the 15th. Yeah, just doesn't sound as ominous...
Britain's Prince Harry turns 33 today. He introduced his girlfriend Meghan Markle to the Queen the other day. If you're looking for a gift idea, an "I'm #3" t-shirt would be in order.
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll turns 66 today... and still wishes he had run the ball instead of passing it in... oh, never mind.
Tommy Lee Jones turns 71. Back in college, he was Al Gore's roommate. Not many people know this, but Al Gore invented roommates.
Oliver Stone turns 71 today... or does he?
Baseball's Gaylord Perry turns 79 today. He was a spitting image of his dad, especially when he pitched. He played back in the days when the ball got juiced, not the players.