Napoleon Bonaparte was born on this date in 1769. I don't mean to say he was short, but he was often mistaken for half of his brother.
The dental chair was patented on this date in 1848. It wasn't easy... with all the paperwork, it was like pulling teeth!
The famous actress Ethel Barrymore was born in 1879. She was so talented, producers felt like they had two choices when hiring an actress: Regular or Ethel.
Crisco was introduced by Proctor & Gamble on this date in 1911. After all these years, I didn't realize you could also use it for cooking!
On this date in 1914, the first ship sailed through the Panama Canal.
- There was a little bit of straining, but otherwise, it was fairly easy.
- And really, who among us has not blamed a passing ship?
- A local store baked up something special for the passengers so they could enjoy the canal locks with bagels.
In 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.
- Critics said the movie would only be a hit when monkeys fly.
- The movie knocked it out of the park, somewhere over the rainbow.
- In honor of that special occasion, the first half of today's show was in black and white.
- It was a Toto success.
In 1945, gas rationing ended after World War II. If only we had stayed on it, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today!
Woodstock opened at Yasgar's Farm on this date in 1969. The tricky thing about Woodstock: if you were there, you probably don't remember you were there. Actually, it was an amazing site: thousands of people gathered to celebrate love and music... sorta like an Osmond family picnic!
On this date in 1971, President Nixon ordered a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rent. Where was this "presidential freeze" when my house value was falling? Or, the 90-day wage & price freeze came with nuts on top.
In 1999, Tiger Woods won the PGA championship. Does THAT seem like a long time ago, or what?