Monday, September 25, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1493 Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
His mission -- to hopefully track down what happened to his luggage on the first trip.
This time, he made sure he got a cabin with a balcony.
It wasn't nearly as good as the first. Columbus blamed the director.

In 1513, Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean. When you discover anything that big, is it really a big deal? It's not like the next person that came along wouldn't have seen it.

On this date in 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its only issue in Boston. Why just one issue? Their newspaper boy delivered all 34 copies of the paper on the roofs of the subscribers.

In 1882, the very first major league baseball double header was played between Providence and Worcester.
One writer described it as "watching twice as much grass grow."
Gee, if they did that every day, the season would be half as long and the playoffs would take place in August. Just mentioning it.

On this date in 1926, Henry Ford announced the 5-day work week. OK, but since it included a 20-hour work day, there was still some work to do. Hard to believe it's been that many years and we still haven't figured out a way to cut it to four. Or better yet, three!

In 1977, the world record for the longest skateboard jump was set at 17 feet. Right before the record was set, the skateboarder was heard yelling, "I can't make it stop!" Imagine riding a skateboard 17-feet in the air and landing safely. I can't even imagine just standing on one for more than 17 seconds.

TODAY IS

Christmas is three months from today. Just sayin'...

Catherine Zeta-Jones turns 48 today. Does it matter? Her husband, Michael Douglas, also has a birthday today -- he's 73. A 25-year difference. We're willing to wait for her.

Will Smith turns 49 today. He's still a prince, just not as fresh. Everyone please look at the memory eraser. (flash) Thank you. Hey, isn't Will Smith's birthday coming up?

Scottie Pippen turns 52 today. Scottie was part of that magical Chicago Bulls era with Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman. He was vice-Michael Jordan.

Heather Locklear turns 56 today. Her ex's include Richie Sambora and Tommy Lee. Those are the only ones... so far as we know.

Mark Hamill turns 66 today. Don't remind him how old he is. It really makes him C3PO'd.
Not sure if Jedi's ever get to retire, but if they do, he's there.
Remember, Luke, if your Light Saber won't turn off after four hours, see a doctor.
He'll appear in the new movie as Luke Needswalker.

Anson Williams -- Potsie from "Happy Days" -- turns 68. If you've never heard of any of those things before... well, nevermind.

One Hit Wonder Day -- Here's a list of one hit wonders: 

"In the Year 2525" - Zager & Evans (1969)
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam (1969)
"Venus" - Shocking Blue (1970)
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Vicki Lawrence (1973)
"Brother Louie" - Stories (1973)
"Seasons in the Sun" - Terry Jacks (1974)
"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" - MFSB (1974)
"The Night Chicago Died" - Paper Lace (1974)
"I Can Help" - Billy Swan (1974)
"Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas (1974)
"Loving You" - Minnie Riperton (1975)
"The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1975)
"Welcome Back" - John Sebastian (1976)
"Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band (1976)
"Play that Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (1976)
"A Fifth of Beethoven" - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1976)
"Disco Duck" - Rick Dees & his Cast of Idiots (1976)
"Don't Give Up on Us" - David Soul (1977)
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" - Bill Conti (1977)
"Undercover Angel" - Alan O'Day (1977)
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (1977)
"Hot Child in the City" - Nick Gilder (1978)
"Knock on Wood" - Amii Stewart (1979)
"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward (1979)
"Pop Music" - M (1979)
"Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc. (1980)
"Baby, Come to Me" - Patti Austin with James Ingram (1982)
"Mickey" - Toni Basil (1982)
"Come on Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983)
"Miami Vice Theme" - Jan Hammer (1985)
"Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott (1986)
"Don't Worry Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin (1988)
"When I'm With You" - Sheriff (1989)
"Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
"I'm Too Sexy" - *R*S*F (Right Said Fred) (1992)
"Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
"How Do You Talk to an Angel" - Heights (1992)

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