Friday, October 20, 2017

ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1803 that the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. The pro-purchase people had a catchy phrase: "OK bayou?"

On this date in 1820, Spain sold Florida to the U.S. for $5 million... which is now the price of a waterfront home there.
  • As part of the agreement that the U.S. had to keep the drivers. 
  • Many thought the U.S. now owned the area, but it turned out it was just a time-share. 
  • Back then, $5 million was a lot of money. These days, that won't even get you a decent relief pitcher. 
  • The catch was, they had to keep all the bad drivers. 

In 1906, Dr. Lee DeForest gave a demonstration of his radio tube.
  • Of course, this paved the way for the development of the tube sock. 
  • Almost immediately, controversy broke out -- no one could agree on whether you rolled up the tube or squeezed it from the middle. 
  • Of course, eventually radio had its tubes removed, which is why we can't have any more frequencies. 
The actor who first brought Dracula to life on the big screen, Bela Lugosi, was born on this date in 1882. He popularized the phrase, "I want to drink your blood"

In 1911, Amundsen and his dog sled set out for the South Pole. His dogs left earlier in the day. They couldn't wait to get to the pole.

On this date in 1944, General Douglas MacArthur made his famous speech in the Philippines, where he said "I shall return." This was years before the first video store.

In 1960, the first fully mechanized post office opened in Providence, RI. Finally the post office was able to lose money through automation, which is far and away more efficient.

Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1962. It stayed there for 2 weeks. 

On this date in 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onasis. She married for love... he had millions and she loved it!

In 1973, the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" took place. That was when President Nixon fired special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned. I guess, in some ways, Nixon should have been happy Twitter wasn't around yet.

On this date in 1992, Kenny Rogers was sued by an aspiring actress who said he promised to help her career in exchange for sexual favors. C'mon, Kenny. You've got to know when to hold 'em...

TODAY IS

The date is 10-20. Not to be confused with the motor oil.

Just so you can look forward to it, we "fall back" two weeks from Sunday, which is followed by an Election Day on Tuesday.

John Krasinski turns 38 today and is going to star as Jack Ryan in a new Amazon series next year. He's married to Emily Blunt. John has one of those names where you know he didn't change it -- it's the one he started with.

Snoop Dogg is 46 today. I imagine he has the mind of an 80-year-old.
Wonder if anyone will tell him? If only he knew it.
He use to go by the name Snoop Doggy Dogg, but Doggy seemed so childish.
I wonder if he'll ever kick that $30 a day Visine habit?

Tom Petty would have been 67 today.

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