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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1493, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

The second time around, it wasn't as exciting. And they also didn't write a poem about it.
His mission -- to hopefully track down what happened to his luggage on the first trip.
This time, he made sure he got a cabin with a balcony.
It wasn't nearly as good as the first. Columbus blamed the director.
In 1513, Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean. When you discover anything that big, is it really a big deal? It's not like the next person that came along wouldn't have seen it.

On this date in 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its only issue in Boston. Why just one issue? Their newspaper boy delivered all 34 copies of the paper on the roofs of the subscribers.

On this date in 1882, the very first major league baseball double header was played between Providence and Worcester.

Providence won by a lot. Some say they sauced Worcester. But only the ones that like puns. Hey, that rhymes, add it to my crimes.
One writer described it as "watching twice as much grass grow."
Gee, if they did that every day, the season would be half as long and the playoffs would take place in August. Just mentioning it.
On this date in 1926, Henry Ford announced the 5-day work week. Hard to believe it's been that many years and we still haven't figured out a way to cut it to four. Or better yet, three!

In 1977, the world record for the longest skateboard jump was set at 17 feet. Right before the record was set, the skateboarder was heard yelling, "I can't make it stop!" Imagine riding a skateboard 17-feet in the air and landing safely. I can't even imagine just standing on one for more than 17 seconds.

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