Richard Johnson, one of our country's earlier vice presidents, was born in 1781. As a boy, he vowed to one day become famous... but instead, he chose to be a vice president.
On this date in 1879, Georgia adopted its state flag, but shhhh... it never told the flag it was adopted.
In 1888, Thomas Edison filed for a patent on the "optical photograph" -- the motion picture.
His first movie was called, "The Sneeze." Critics called it "exciting, but hopefully not contagious."
Shortly afterwards, he trademarked the phrase, "$8 for a bag of popcorn." He was a forward thinker.
Critics called it "jerky, poorly acted and in black and white."
Remember, his first movie showed someone sneezing. The only cost to shoot it was hiring an actor and whatever the price of pepper was at the time.
On this date in 1904, the bank of Italy opened its doors. What's the big deal? It became known as "Bank of America." Or, if you prefer, "Indigenous People's Bank."
In 1931, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion. Like THAT was the worst thing he ever did.
On this date in 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany. It also marked the first time anyone ever said the phrase, "Great job, Einstein!"
In 1983, the EPA issued a report warning of the "Greenhouse Effect." Good thing we listened...
Hollywood Squares premiered way back in 1966
Felicity Jones turns 34. She starred in the starring role in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." That's the Star Wars movie where not a single life insurance agent would go near any of the characters.
Eminem is 45 today. Plain and peanut.
I've got to say, one of his biggest crimes, is that, everything he says, always rhymes! Oh my, it's contagious!
For old times' sake, he's going to celebrate by marrying and divorcing his wife again.
Time to turn the baseball cap around the right way.
Wyclef Jean, one-time Fugee, turns 48 today. Actually, he was a Fugee lots of times.
Ziggy Marley turns 49 today, mawn. He has a tradition of blowing out the candles on his cake and then inhaling the smoke.
Mike Judge turns 55 today. He gave us Bevis and Butthead and King of the Hill, but will like him anyway.
Country singer Alan Jackson turns 59 today... and is thankful, on a daily basis, he has absolutely no connection to Tito Jackson, LaToya Jackson and Janet Jackson.
Comedian Bill Hudson is 68. So what? Hey, he fathered Kate Hudson, so we'll always owe him for that.
George Wendt from Cheers turns 69 today. Norm! And if you just yelled out, "Norm," everyone's going to know you're older than you've been saying. One of the most famous people ever to come out of a bar, besides Lindsay Lohan.
Wear Something Gaudy Day -- How much is too much jewelry? Where's the line between style and gaudy bling?