ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1815, General Andrew Jackson led American troops in a win over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, ending the war of 1812.
The two countries had been fighting over what name to call the war. It was a confusing time.
I had thought, the war ended in 1812. Silly me.

In 1918, President Wilson outlined his 14 points for peace after World War I. If you're keeping score at home, he went 0-for-14.

Also, on this date in 1918, Mississippi became the first state to ratify a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting the sale, manufacture or transportation of liquor. If that didn't drive you to drinking, I don't know what would.

In 1925, the first all-female state supreme court gathered in Texas. It was a great day in court for any guy who needed the men's room. It was also the day that Chippendale's provided bailiffs for the first time.

On this date in 1935, A.C. Hardy patented the Spectrophotometer. It was for those who like to meter their Spectropho.

In 1946, Elvis Presley received an $8 for his birthday. He was also given a can of soda pop, which had been all shook up and, well, the rest is history.

Yes, the king of rock & roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born on this date in 1935.

In 1962, Jack Nicklaus won his first money on the pro golf circuit: a whopping $33.50 for finishing in 50th place in the Los Angeles Open. A reminder that we all start somewhere... These days, that wouldn't cover the tip for the caddy.

On this date in 1964, President Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Needless to say, poverty couldn't afford it. We've been fighting ever since.

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