It was on this date in 1492 that the very first almanac was printed and all things considered, it's in pretty good shape, although I should probably break down and buy a new one.

On this date in 1586 that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe.
Europe greeted them, but potatoes were quite rude and didn't say anything back.
He coined the line, "This spud's for you!"
I think Potatoes was the name of his Irish girlfriend.

In 1609, Admiral Sir George Somers discovered Bermuda... ironically while wearing Bermuda shorts.

On this date in 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine. His last words were, "Could you just take a little off the top?"

In 1851, a total solar eclipse was photographed for the first time. The picture was much better when viewed at night.

On this date in 1867 the capitol of Nebraska was chosen. They decided to capitalize the letter "N."

In 1896, the city of Miami, Florida, was incorporated. Of course, back in those days, most people walked around carrying guns and Spanish was the primary language and... oh...

On this date in 1900, the hamburger was said to have been created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
Until that point, the Hamburglar was pretty bored and had nothing to steal.
There were some who relished the idea, others, in time, would ketchup.
Up until then, there was nothing to like fries with.
The next day, he put up a sign that said, "Over one sold."

In 1914, the very first transcontinental phone call took place in this country between San Francisco and New York City. The conversation went like this: "Hello? Hi, mom? Can you send more money?" then suddenly, the line went dead.

On this date in 1931, Congress made "The Star Spangled Banner" our national anthem. At first, no one would stand for it... but eventually, they did. I once wrote a national anthem, but no one would stand for it.

The very first singing telegram was delivered on this date in 1933 to entertainer Rudy Vallee. He got it for a song! Or, the delivery man sang a tune called, "Guess who's being audited by the IRS?"


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