ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1484, the Pope set down severe penalties against German witches and magicians... but only for a spell.

It was on this date in 1776 that the first college fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
And after 1700 years of retirement, the toga made a comeback.
Their motto: "Gonna party like it's 1799!"
Few know that Phi Beta Kappa is Latin for "Betsy Ross is Hot!"


In 1848, President James Polk announced to Congress that gold had been discovered in California. Congress immediately wanted to appropriate enough whiskey for all the prospectors, but that would have been contributing to the delinquency of minors.

On this date in 1876, Daniel C. Stillson patented the pipe wrench.
Of course, the first words out of the clerk at the patent office was, "For God's sake, can you pull up your pants!"
Until that time, there was one less weapon in the game of "Clue."
Ironically, that very same year, someone trademarked the butt crack.
For those who liked to smoke while fixing the plumbing.


In 1908, the University of Pittsburgh did something no other football program had ever done before: put numbers on their uniforms.
Up until then, the referee had to say things like, "Holding on... uh, that guy!"
It beat the heck out of the lettering system.


On this date in 1974, the Seattle Seahawks franchise came into existence. The Hawks turn 40 today! But, as loud as things are there, their hearing is already shot.

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