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Thursday, September 13, 2018

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1788, the United States designated New York City as our country's temporary capitol.
That was the same day the official motto of the U.S. was announced: "E Pluribus This!"
In the words of one of our founding fathers, "If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere."

In 1803, Commodore John Barry died. He was considered by many to be the father of the American navy. And while he didn't serve long, the navy continued thanks to his seamen... thus the "father" reference.

Dr. Walter Reed was born on this date back in 1851. He was the man who discovered what caused yellow fever: yellow thermometers!

Milton Hershey was born in 1857. Yes, that Hershey and the guy who coined the pickup line, "How about a kiss?"

On this date in 1899, Henry Bliss walked out in front of a car in New York City and went into the history books as the first person ever killed by a motor vehicle. Tough way to earn your spot.

In 1922, the highest temperature ever reached in the shade occurred in Libya. 136.4 degrees! It was so hot, you could start a fire by rubbing two popsicles together!

On this date in 1949, the LPGA was created. That's the Ladies Professional Golf Association... not the Louisiana Polka Gumbo Association.

In 1959, the Soviet Lunik 2 became the first human-made object to crash on the moon. Success, through failure. Yes, it operated on Windows.

On this date in 1960, The Federal Communications Act was amended to outlaw payola. It was the official end of "Pay for Play." Yeah, but only if they catch you. Oh, wait -- was that my outside voice?

The Beatles released their massive hit Yesterday in 1965 -- Nearly all Americans can name a member of the Beatles, but only half of them know any of our 100 U.S. senators. Of those surveyed by Miller Beer, 95 percent could rattle off one of the Fab Four -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr. But only 52% could name a federal lawmaker sitting in the Senate.

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