On this date in 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan began the first successful circumnavigation of the world. Although, there were some people who didn't believe in circumnavigations. Lots of people don't realize that the world was circumnavigated.
In 1797, the U.S. Constitution was launched in Boston harbor. It was given the nickname "Old Ironsides," years before Janet Reno had it.
On this date in 1859, a patent was granted for the electric range. Most people felt the same way -- "Now we're cookin'!"
- Needless to say, the people at Stovetop Dressing were thrilled beyond words.
- Of course, they had to a wait a few years for electricity to become available, but it sure looked nice in the kitchen.
- Until that time, Stove Top Dressing hadn't sold a single box.
- It's not to be confused with the electric driving range. Completely different.
In 1884, the Equal Rights Party in San Francisco nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood of Washington for president. Interesting that a woman ran for president 133 years ago when women couldn't vote. She blamed the loss on Bernie Sanders' great-great grandfather.
On this date in 1951, a jet crossed over the North Pole for the first time. Most of the elves thought it was just one of the reindeer with a gas problem. Strangely, several pieces of luggage ended up at the South Pole.
In 1976 Playboy magazine released an interview in which Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter admitted he'd "looked on a lot of women with lust." Of course, he never acted on anything... just like the four years when he was president. A very young Bill Clinton commented, "Been there, done that."
Gunnar and Matthew Nelson both turn the big 5-0 today, so they're now a combined 100. Ever notice how much they look alike? Does anyone still remember their dad Ricky? How about mom and dad, Ozzie & Harriet?
Kristen Johnston, who was on "3rd Rock From the Sun," also turns 50. No wonder she's always confused with Gunnar and Matthew. Still not convinced she's one of us.
Sophia Loren turns 83 today. Is Sophia one of those names where you've never known an ugly Sophia? In her day, she was all that... and a little extra. My favorite Sophia Loren quote: "Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got."