On this date in 1859, a French acrobat crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. What some people won't do to get out of paying admission. The sad part was he forgot his passport and had to go back the same way.

In 1936, the novel "Gone with the Wind" was first published. That was the book that made "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" more than just a household phrase.

On this date in 1936, Congress approved a 40-hour week. For others, of course. Not themselves.

In 1948, the transistor is demonstrated in Murray Hill, New Jersey. Of course, there were people opposed to it, because it had the word "trans" in it.

It was on this date back in 1971 that the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, lowering the minimum voting age to 18... so we would have more people to blame for the results.

On this date in 1976, police raided Neil Diamond's house looking for drugs, but came up empty. Only thing they found was "Love on the Rocks"... ain't no surprise.

In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. You know, when gay is outlawed, only outlaws will be gay. Wait... that doesn't work.


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