Monday, November 13, 2017

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1775, American Revolutionary forces captured Montreal.
  • That of course was the inspiration for the famous quote, "OK, who's the genius who forgot to tell me we were in Canada?" 
  • Immediately afterwards, a general looked at his map and said, "Boys, I think we might have made a wrong turn." 


In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend stating, "In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes."
  • His friend was a hitman that was also a tax accountant, so it was very true. 
  • Probably his second most-famous quote, right behind, "Oh, go fly a kite!" 
  • Of course, if he were around today, he probably just would have written that on his Facebook page. 

On this date in 1875, football players in the Harvard/Yale game were the first wear uniforms.
  • Yeah, not everyone was into naked football, not that there's anything wrong with that. 
  • This after an unfortunate incident the previous year, when Yale accidentally gang-tackled an innocent tuba player. 
  • I'll just assume they wore some kind of clothes prior to this. 
  • Why they refused to wear them before is beyond me. 
  • After a while, they realized the ties probably weren't a good idea. 

In 1940, Walt Disney's animated feature "Fantasia" premieres at New York's Broadway Theatre. That's also where the phrase, "I'll have what they're having" was born.

On this date in 1942, the minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18. That was back when fake ID went the other direction: "22? Oh, no, look: I'm 17!"

In 1972, the Holland Tunnel opened up between New York and New Jersey. They called it the Holland tunnel because New York and New Jersey went in Dutch on it.

TODAY IS

Oh-oh... it's Monday the 13th! Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday.

Michael "Mr. Knee" Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks is 32 today.

Jimmy Kimmel turns the big 5-0 today. No mean tweets, please. He's the Jimmy that didn't take over for Jay Leno.

Whoopi Goldberg turns 62 today.
  • Will she retire? Retire from what? 
  • One of the few famous people in dreadlocks outside of the NFL. 
  • Who knew when her folks were making whoopee they were making Whoopi. 
Sadie Hawkins Day -- In Dogpatch, Kentucky, a special day of the year where spinsters would chase the local unmarried menfolk in order to snare a husband.

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