ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1770, John Bartram of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received the first shipment of rhubarb sent to America from Benjamin Franklin in London. Once baseball was invented, they had something to call an argument. Up until then, when baseball players argued with an umpire, it was just called a fight.

It was on this date in 1787 that William Herschel discovered the 2 moons of Uranus. Being family friendly, we'll stop there.

In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created. Now, the only thing left to do was to figure out which part would be Wolverine and which Spartan.

On this date in 1861, Alabama became the 4th state to secede from the Union. Yeah, it was one of those rare instances when they weren't number one.

Milk is delivered in bottles for the first time in 1878 -- Bit: Via a preliminary, participants win/earn "udders" (actually latex gloves) filled with different color milk. They, in turn, "milk" it of its contents. The color of the milk determines the kind of prize they win.

On this date in 1935, Aviator Amelia Earhart took off from Hawaii on the first solo flight ever by woman across the Pacific Ocean. Upon landing, someone said, "Uh, aren't you Hillary Swank?"

In 1942, Japan declared war on the Netherlands, who said that was fine, as long as they went Dutch.

On this date in 1949, 3-inches of snow fell on Los Angeles.

On the beaches, the die-hards still showed up with their surfboards studded.

It was also the first time anyone saw frozen smog.

If you thought they couldn't drive in rain, imagine what snow did to the commute.

All the "It'll be a cold day in hell" things happened that day.

Needless to say, everyone had to take extra blankets to the beach that day.

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