In 1869, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states. It guaranteed the right to vote and that there would be a 16th amendment.
On this date in 1895, Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patented a glass-blowing machine. This helped prevent glass-blowers from getting the hiccups while blowing, accidentally inhale the glass and developing a pane in the stomach. Yes, I said pane.
In 1907, Congress had their salary raised to $7500 a year. Today, that's a slow bribe day. Even today, that would make them overpaid.
It was in 1919, congress approved the money to make the Grand Canyon a national park. It wasn't the last time they put federal tax dollars towards a big hole.
On this date in 1930, New York City installed traffic lights.
- They just made them all red, since drivers didn't pay attention to them anyway.
- Finally, drivers had lights to run.
- Up until then, cabbies didn't have any red lights to run.
In 1960, home fallout shelter kits went on the market in New York for $105.
- Nothing says protection from radiation like $105.
- Unfortunately, there were knockoffs and some people mistakenly bought hair fallout shelters.
- Like a radioactive bomb would be your biggest worry in New York.
Olympic Gold Medal winning figure skater Oksana Baiul turns 41 today... which is like 367 in skater years.
- I always thought her name sounded like something you'd be asked to say at a sobriety check.
- Oksana also won a special award for the skater with the most vowels.
- It was always tricky when she skated. Whenever the judges announced her name, it sounded like they were getting sick.
Greg Germann turns the big 6-0 today. Oh, you've seen him. He was in "Ally McBeal." Think smarmy... yep, that's the guy!
Singer Michael Bolton turns 65 today. His last hit was a Geico commercial and before that he was belting out a song in a Honda commercial. There was a time when he was the hottest thing going. Now he's just going.
Mitch Ryder is 73 today, forever to be known as the "Devil in the Blue Dress" guy.
National Pistachio Day -- Grab a handful of pistachios. People who snack on them, or any kind of nut, are 20 percent less likely to die from any cause, according to researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tell a Fairy Tale Day -- How about the top five sports versions of famous fairy tales:
- Little Red Riding on Jimmie Johnson's Hood
- Beauty and the pro wrestler named 'Beast'
- Snow White and the Seventh Game of the NBA Playoffs
- Cinderella: Laker Girl
- Goldilocks and the Three Chicago Bears