ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1821, Spain officially turned over the keys to Florida to the United States... with the blinker still going.
In other words, it was the day they handed us The Keys.
Until then, most of the residents there spoke Spanish. Oh, wait.
A friend of mine calls Florida "God's Waiting Room."
They said, "The state and the lousy drivers that come with it are all yours."

In 1841, the British humor magazine "Punch" was first published. It wasn't long until a high school senior spiked it at a party.

On this date in 1850, the Harvard Observatory took it's first picture of a star. It was Jeremiah Khardashian, Kim's great-great-great-grandfather.

In 1938, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan flew off in a plane from New York, bound for Los Angeles... and ended up in Ireland. And thus, FEMA was born. Ironically, his luggage ended up in the right place.

On this date in 1954, construction began on Disneyland. One of the greatest Mickey Mouse operations of our time. Things went pretty slowly at first, until Walt Disney realized he needed more than just 7 dwarfs working on it.

Disneyland opened in 1955 with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 attractions in the Park. When Disneyland opened, Anaheim had five hotels and two motels with a total of 87 rooms. There were 34 restaurants in the city. At the time, it cost $17 million to build it. Now, that's what you pay for a three-day pass.

You know, I heard that in the early days, Walt Disney was really into his tea cups a lot... if you know what I mean. And I mean, he liked to ride the tea cups. What were YOU thinking?



TODAY IS

Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter, turns 26 today.

Luke Bryan turns 42 today. Country girl, shake it for him. Rap singer Sole turns 45. If nothing else, it's been ironic seeing his career flounder.

Alex Winter-better known as Bill of Bill and Ted-turns 53 today. Whoa.

Former major league baseball player Robert Thigpen turns 55 today. I always use to confuse him with the kid that needed a bath in the comic strip, "Peanuts."

Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, turns 64 today. As a special treat, President Trump won't be calling her.

David Hasselhoff-the Hoff-celebrates birthday number 66 today. Despite his best efforts. I can't explain it, either.

Lucille Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, turns 67 today. That seems kinda weird, naming a kid after yourself. Yes, She's Lucy's daughter, although every now and then, she acts a little Desi.

Gale Garnett turns 76. Her big hit was, "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" which, of course, she can't go out in anymore.

Donald Sutherland ("M*A*S*H"), Kiefer's Dad, turns 83. You know him best as President Snow in "The Hunger Games." His son Kiefer plans to come over and celebrate his birthday for 24 hours in real time.

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