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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1788, Georgia became our country's 4th state. Finally, there were enough states to organize a bridge game.

In 1893, the U.S. post office offered its first adhesive stamp.
  • Up until that time, they had to be stapled on, even though the stapler hadn't been invented yet. 
  • Up until that time, you had to take the stamp with the letter and deliver it yourself and it just seemed silly. 
  • It was the first commemorative stamp in his honor before we knew better. 
On this date in 1921, church services were broadcast on the radio for the very first time. The tricky part was passing the plate.

In 1929, the U.S. and Canada reached an agreement to preserve Niagara Falls. The only problem was finding a jar big enough.

On this date in 1939, Time magazine named Adolf Hitler their "Man of the year." See, it doesn't always mean someone good. There's one they wish they could take back. They haven't lived it down yet.

In 1942, the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring Jimmy Cagney opened. Not many people knew Jimmy was a real-live nephew of his Uncle Sam... but they did after the show.

On this date in 1965, The New York Jets sign University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000. These days that's a shoe endorsement. Twice that if you want both shoes endorsed.

In 1974, President Nixon signed a bill into law that made the federal speed limit 55 mph... among those without radar detectors.

TODAY IS

Kate Bosworth hits 34. I remember when that seemed old. The good news: at least I remember.

Cuba Gooding Jr. turns 49 today, the man famous for saying the phrase, "Show me the money!"
  • He's hitting the stage where he now says, "Hand me my reading glasses then show me the money!" 
  • When I tried that on my boss, he must have been confused because instead of money, he showed me a door. 
  • He'll gladly say, "Show me the money" but only if you show him the money. 
  • Cuba has developed a keen ability to sniff out the worst movie scripts... unfortunately, he then makes the movie. 

Taye Diggs is 46. I know it wouldn't make a difference, I'm just telling you he turns 46.

The old flock fleecer, disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker, turns 78 today. Now there was a scandal. He's another day closer to meeting the actual president of the PTL club.

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