Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ON THIS DAY

William of Orange was born on this date in 1650. English poets almost pulled a muscle trying to rhyme his name. The best they could come up with was "door hinge."

On this date in 1832, Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, died at age 95. Someone had placed a curse on those who signed the document and said one day, they would all die. A pretty safe assumption.

Also on this date in 1832, the very first horse-drawn trolley cars appeared in New York City. It was also the debut of the first streetcar flasher.
  • People were amazed -- who knew horses could draw? 
  • It wasn't long until there was graffiti on the horses. 
  • They had even smoother sailing when they stopped feeding the horse a bean-focused diet. 
  • The next day, the streetcar had been hijacked and the horse was found up on blocks. 
On this date in 1851, "Moby Dick" was first published.
It's one thing to be a great white whale, but also an author? How do you type with those fins?
Many were surprised that a great white whale could even write.

On this date in 1896, the power plant at Niagra Falls was turned on. Very handy for those honeymoon couples suffering a power outage.

It was on this date in the year 1900 that Watertown, NY, was paralyzed with 45 inches of snow in only 24 hours. The shoveling occurred in real time. Some of the drifts were so deep, people had to dig down 20 feet to clean their chimneys.

On this date in 1910, an airplane took off for the first time from the deck of a ship. This, the day after it had landed on one for the very first time. The only thing that could have made the occasion greater was to have planned it that way.

In 1968, Yale University went co-ed. Up until that time, women weren't allowed in the school, only in the dorms.

TODAY IS

Amd what if I said Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday, that doesn't freak you out, does it? Josh Duhamel, Fergie's soon-to-be-ex, turns 45 today.

Patrick Warburton -- Puddy from Seinfeld, also TV's "The Tick" -- turns 53 today. Lots of room on that Emmy shelf at his house.

Joseph Simmons, better known as "Run" of Run DMC, hits 53 today. I hear he's planning to change his name to "Slow Jog."

Yanni turns 63 today. For his birthday, he has just one request: "For goodness sake, no more crystals!"

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, turns 69 today. Of course, at that age, everyone spends a lot more time on the throne. As a special treat, his wife -- Camilla Parker Bowles -- will take that sexy nightgown in her drawer, and leave it there.

Wendy Carlos turns 78 today. The synthetic keyboardist started out as Walter Carlos when he first did "Switched on Bach." Then, he switched himself.

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