ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1620, the Pilgrims left the Mayflower and went on shore for the first time since landing here, at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • They actually arrived on Thanksgiving, but it took that long to find a place to park.
  • This was, of course, before the patriots. And, by 'the patriots,' I don't mean the football team.
  • They wanted to wait until after the busy Thanksgiving travel season.
  • They wanted to make absolutely sure all the campaign commercials were over.
  • Needless to say, last-minute Christmas shopping was really big that year.

It's believed that the very, very first basketball game was played on this date in 1891. The game was in its early stages. For example, back then, players would take shots at peach baskets. And then, when they ran out of ammunition, the game was over.

On this date in 1898, radium was discovered. Don't know if it was AM or FM.

In 1913, the first crossword puzzle was published, in the Sunday supplement of the New York World. (Did you know that doing crossword puzzles can slash your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost 50 percent?)
  • Of course, New York is famous for cross words.
  • At first, people were surprised to find out there were that many cross words that you could make a puzzle out of them.
  • The trick was coming up with enough cross words to create a puzzle... but they did it.
  • It was published in New York, the place known for cross words.


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