ON THIS DAY
Wait! Shouldn't today be a federal holiday? I could use one!
It wasn't exactly what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said, "Excuse me, gentlemen, but I need to take a quick 'constitutional'" but it all worked out.
In 1796, President George Washington gave his farewell speech, declining to run for a third term or give his forwarding address. He was done.
That's what we need more of today -- people giving up the idea of being president. There was a whole stage full of 'em last night!
Actually, Washington was one of the first Tea Party candidates... from a real tea party.
It must have been tough, being president and not having a previous president to blame everything on.
Many hoped he would stick around for one more term, but instead, he threw in the wig.
On this date in 1908, Orville Wright's plane crashed, killing Thomas Selfridge who became the first fatality of powered flight.
Tough way to make it into the history books.
Adding insult to injury, his luggage went on to Cleveland.
You'd think that would be one way to become famous but that didn't even work.
To make matters worse, he didn't get to see how the movie ended.
In 1920, the American Professional Football Association, now the NFL, is formed in Canton, OH. Back in those days, husbands got home projects done on Sundays and after work on Mondays and Thursdays.
On this date in 1936, the very first talent search program, "Major Bowes Amateur Hour," debuted on the radio. Back then, Prince Poppycock would have won since no one could have seen him.
In 1964, the TV show "Bewitched" made its debut. It taught what it would be like to be a witch in modern times and that if you replace Darrens and act natural, no one will notice.