ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1775, American Revolutionary forces captured Montreal.

That of course was the inspiration for the famous quote, "OK, who's the genius who forgot to tell me we were in Canada?"

Immediately afterwards, a general looked at his map and said, "Boys, I think we might have made a wrong turn."


In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend stating, "In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes."

His friend was a hitman that was also a tax accountant, so it was very true.

Probably his second most-famous quote, right behind, "Oh, go fly a kite!"

Of course, if he were around today, he probably just would have written that on his Facebook page.


On this date in 1875, players in a Harvard-Yale football game wore uniforms for the very first time.

It saved the referees from having to say, "Off sides on the guy in the brown coat wearing the black derby."

Yeah, not everyone was into naked football, not that there's anything wrong with that.

This after an unfortunate incident the previous year, when Yale accidentally gang-tackled an innocent tuba player.

I'll just assume they wore some kind of clothes prior to this.

After a while, they realized the ties probably weren't a good idea.

In 1937, NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting. What the musicians like most about being on the radio is that every day was casual day. Kinda like here.

On this date in 1940, Walt Disney's animated feature "Fantasia" premieres at New York's Broadway Theatre. That's also where the phrase, "I'll have what they're having" was born.

In 1942, the minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18. That was back when fake ID went the other direction: "22? Oh, no, look: I'm 17!"

On this date in 1972, the Holland Tunnel opened up between New York and New Jersey. They called it the Holland tunnel because New York and New Jersey went in Dutch on it.

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