On this date in 1547, England's King Henry VIII died and was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, 

Edward VI.
  • Needless to say, he suddenly was invited to every classmate's birthday party.
  • Once again that final score: Henry 8, Edward 6.
  • Imagine a 9-year-old ruling an entire country. I guess President Bush made imagining that a whole lot easier.
  • His first order as King was, "We're having ice cream!"
  • One of the new king's first acts was to extend the royal bedtime past 8 o'clock.

On this date in 1613, Galileo discovered the planet Neptune. What are the odds he'd find a planet with the same name as a Greek god?

In 1807, London lit its first street using gas. The annoying part was the guy on the street corner, constantly saying, "Pull my finger! Pull my finger!"

On this date in 1860, Britain formally returned the Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua. They said they had only been borrowing it.

In 1861, Kansas became a state. Up until then, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz had no idea where she wasn't.

On this date in 1871, France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War. I'm no history expert, but I believe the war broke out because France was tired of Russia always calling it "Franco."

In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was established... and since then, not one single inch of our coast has ever been stolen.

On this date in 1920, Walt Disney started working as an artist for $20 a week. Eventually, he quit that Mickey Mouse job and the rest is history.

In 1938, the first ski tow began operations in Vermont. It would have made more sense to have it at a ski area, but it was a step forward. We imagine they're busy today.

On this date in 1960, a photograph was bounced off the moon for the very first time. That's what we get for using rubber film. Of course, on the moon, everything bounces.

Ariel Winter, the youngest Dunphy daughter on Modern Family, turns 18 today. Her TV sister Haley hates birthdays because it involves math.

Elijah Wood celebrates birthday 35 today. A little trivia -- his first movie role was a bit part in "Back to the Future 2." When I think of him, I always think of "Lord of the Rings." I guess it's out of hobbit.

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys turns 36. He was arrested in Florida a couple of weeks ago, proving his agent wrong.

Joey Fatone of 'N Sync turns 39 today. What is this -- Boy Band Birthday Day?

Sarah McLachlan turns 48 today.
  • Seems like the only time I hear her songs these days are during "Save the Pets" ads on TV.
  • Don't let her lead or we'll all be singing a long, slow, haunting version of "Happy Birthday."
  • She's got such a mournful sound, with that little warble in her voice. The first time I bought one of her CD's, I took it back to the store three times before I realized it was supposed to sound that way.

Susan Howard turns 73 today. In her hey day, she was Donna Krebs on the first run of the TV series, "Dallas." Of course, she went on to become known as the woman who once played Donna Krebs on "Dallas."

"M*A*S*H" star Alan Alda turns 80 today.
  • Not quite the Hawkeye he used to be...
  • Seems odd seeing Hawkeye in readers.
  • He's one of the most famous "Hawkeyes" never to attend the University of Iowa.

Data Privacy Day -- an international holiday, which purpose it is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education.

Today is Fun At Work Day & National Kazoo Day -- Let's all play our Kazoos for our Bosses and see if we can get off early today! 

  1. Lint Man
  2. Cream Puff Woman
  3. The Masked Caterer
  4. Captain Vanilla
  5. The Incontinent

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have developed a robot that can write political speeches. Can the Robo-Trump be far behind?

270 couples in China broke the world's record for the most people doing "doga," yoga with dogs. It would have been even higher if that person looking for the cat-ga class hadn't gone into the wrong room.

A study says that people who find it difficult to focus are usually the most intelligent. What was I saying again?

Now they've invented a robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube in just over one second. But we still haven't figured out that cancer thing...

From Facebook: "Drunk is when you feel sophisticated but can't pronounce it."

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