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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1216, King John of England died after eating too many peaches washed down with beer. Just proves what I've always said: peaches are bad for you.

In 1781, British troops surrendered at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War. Suddenly, red coats were out.

The Star Spangled Banner was sung publicly for the first time at the Halliday Theater in Baltimore way back in 1814. Immediately afterwards, someone yelled out, "Play ball!"

On this date in 1859, Wilhelm Tempel discovered diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope. Reaction was the same all around the world: "Huh?"

In 1872, the world's largest gold nugget was found in New South Wales. It was the loudest anyone ever said the word, "Mine!"

On this date in 1874, the very first wedding ever to take place in a hot balloon occurred over Cincinnati, Ohio. Sadly, three people perished going for the bouquet.
  • If the groom had only remembered that when he carried her over the threshold. 
  • Things went really well until they went to leave down the aisle. 
  • It would have had a perfect ending, if the groom had waited to carry the bride over the threshold after the balloon had landed. 
  • The bride said she felt like she was on a cloud, but she had to come down some time. 
  • Unfortunately, the groom was in such a rush to get to the honeymoon, he fell to his death. 
  • No chance of a runaway bride at that one. Yes, their honeymoon plans were up in the air. 

In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected his invention of the light bulb. Unfortunately, it was during the daytime, so not as impressive as it would have been at night.

Time to play "Who Invented It?" Ready? Lets play.
Gas Burner (1855) Weisbach, Bunsen *** or Edison
Tupperware (1945) Tupper ***, Hewitt or Hoffman
Microphone (1877) Taylor, Edison or Berliner ***
Polaroid Camera (1948) Eastman, Land *** or Braun
Dynamite (1866) Carrier, Browning or Nobel ***
Revolver Pistol ((1836) Colt ***, Maxim or Browning
Stock Ticker (1870) Edison ***, Marconi or Bell
Frozen Food (1924) Birdseye ***, Edison or Sperry
Gasoline Automobile (1889) Daimler ***, Duryea or Bosch
Neon Lamp (1909) Edison, Claude *** or Braun


On this date in 1953, Julius LaRosa, a regular on the CBS television program "Arthur Godfrey Time," was fired on the air by Godfrey... years before Donald Trump fired people for entertainment.

In 1998, the U.S. Government opened its antitrust case against Microsoft, which is about the time my computer started acting up.

TODAY IS

Baseball slugger Jose Bautista turns 37 today. He's a Blue Jay and migrates south during the off-season.

President Carter's daughter, Amy, turns the big 5-0 today. That piece of AARP junk mail is waiting for her in the mailbox. Trey Parker, half of the duo that gave us "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon," turns 48 today. I would think those two accomplishments alone would be enough... but noooo! I'm pretty sure he's offended everyone possible and are having to go back to the beginning of the list and start over.

Ty Pennington, the former "Mr. Extreme Makeover" himself, turns 53 today.
He plans an extreme birthday party, home edition.
Almost time to tear him down and start over.
He doesn't blow out the candles on his cake, he just "moves that bus!"

Evander Holyfield turns 55 today. Well, what Mike Tyson didn't bite off turns 55 today.

John Lithgow from "Third Rock from the Sun" turns 72 today in earth years. Lithgow and singer Jeannie C. Reilly both turn 72 today. You know, you never see them together at the same time.

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