Monday, October 23, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1910, Blanche Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet as she sailed across a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Some people congratulated her, but most people just yelled, "Duck!" And even though she was just 12-feet off the ground, her luggage still ended up in Cleveland.

In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote. Or, with such a low voter turnout these days, make it demanding the right not to vote.

On this date in 1941, "Dumbo" hit movie theaters for the first time.
It wasn't the first time that a flying elephant was seen, but it was the first time without any alcohol involved.
Yep, he misjudged where the door was, and hit the theater. Flew right into it!
The Disney film "Dumbo" came out on film. Well, he didn't come out... but he was all ears.
Lots of people wonder how "Dumbo" got his name. It was right after he suggested that a government shutdown was a good idea.

In 1946, the United Nations met in New York for the very first time. Of course, being the first day, nothing was really accomplished, and the streak has now reached 60 years.

On this date in 1956, the very first videotape recording was made. Sadly, the researcher wasn't kind and didn't rewind.

In 1956, the ill-fated revolt in Communist Hungary started... but was later crushed by Soviet tanks. The leader of Hungary said, "I led this revolt and this is the tanks I get?"

On this date in 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn over his White House mix tapes. Only there was more than just mixing going on. They were on his on his own, "I'm notta crook" label. Not surprising, like Madonna's teeth, there were gaps.

In 1979, the U.S. government approved a stand-by gasoline rationing plan. See, it could be worse.

TODAY IS

Halloween is a week from tomorrow.

Ryan Reynolds turns 41 today. He plans a quiet night at home, sitting around and blowing out his Green Lantern. He's married to Blake Lively, so don't even bother to send him a gift.

Retired quarterback Doug Flutie turns 55 today.
  • He's probably the person second most known for "Hail Mary" besides the Pope. If you don't believe me, ask Mary. 
  • He threw one of the most famous "Hail Mary's" of all time... outside of St. Peter. 
  • He's also known as being on the only NFL quarterback ever to sit on the bench in a booster seat. 

Weird Al Yankovic turns 58 today, going on 14.
  • I think it's safe to assume that's his birth name. 
  • Paul McCartney once refused Yankovic permission to record a parody of Wings' "Live and Let Die", titled "Chicken Pot Pie", because, according to Yankovic, McCartney is "a strict vegetarian and he didn't want a parody that condoned the consumption of animal flesh". 
  • The guy has made fun of more songs than Simon Cowell in a bad mood. 
  • He's had quite a career. And it all started with "My Bologna." 

Taylor Spreitler from "Melissa and Joey" and "Kevin Can Wait" turns 24 today. Yeah, I've never heard of him or her either...

Cat Deeley, the host of "So you think you can dance?" turns 44 today. That's one show I'll never appear on. I already know. Allow me my delusions.

There was a time when the biggest soccer player known around the world had one name: Pele. Turns turns 77 today. Yes, he's hit another goal. He was sort of the Babe Ruth of soccer, except he was in shape. And, Babe Ruth didn't play soccer.

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