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Thursday, March 1, 2018

ON THIS DAY

Until 154 BC, today -- March 1st -- was New Year's Day, according to the Roman calendar. So if you see some hung-over Romans running around today, well, that explains it.

In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress. It was during a continental breakfast.

On this date in 1790, congress authorized the first census. I believe that was the first and only time congress made any census. They've never census to me.

In 1864, a patent was issued for the movie projector.
  • Now, the only thing left to do was to invent the movie camera! Seems kind of backwards. 
  • Next step: to invent film! 
  • Up until that time, teenagers went to drive-ins for only one thing. Wait, they still do. If they can find a drive-in. 

On this date in 1912, Albert Berry made the first-ever parachute jump over Jefferson, Missouri. No one seemed to care. So, they went over to Ebbing, Missouri and put up three billboards and THEN, everyone cared.

It was on this date back in 1913 that the Federal Income Tax took effect according to the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This really should be a national day of mourning.

The first FM radio station went on the air on this date in 1941. Before then, AM was cool.

The very first K-Mart opened on this date in 1962 after a series of very unfortunate A through J-Marts. 

On this date in 1961, Mattel introduced Barbie's boyfriend, the Ken doll. Sadly for Barbie, a few weeks later she found the sad truth -- accessories not included.

Also in 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps, the toughest job you'll ever love. His job had its drawbacks, too.



TODAY IS

It's March! Bring on St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and the first day of Spring! I'll do my taxes later.

Justin Bieber turns 24 and will celebrate without a cake. His cook keeps trying to bake a cake, but all the eggs end up on the neighbor's house.

Kesha turns 31 today. Her biggest hit has been "Tik Tok." She's thinking about doing a followup, called "Tik Tok Tik Tok."

Wish Javier Bardem a happy birthday if you see him today, for God's sake. You don't want to tick that guy off. Whatever you do, don't bring up that he's 49 now.

Tim Daly turns 62 today. He's been dating his "Madame Secretary" co-star Tea Leoni for quite some time.

Ron Howard turns 64, setting the record for the world's oldest person still called Opie. Yep, Bryce Dallas Howard's dad turns 64. There are those of us who remember him as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show."

Roger Daltry, lead singer for the Who, turns 74 today. For the younger listener, The Who is the group that does the theme song for all those CSI shows on CBS.

Harry Bellafonte turns 91 today... is a day... is a day-ay-ay-o.

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