ON THIS DAY
In 1813, congress approved the use of steamboats to transport mail.
They had to -- it was the slowest form of transportation available a the time.
They really should move to trucks or something a little faster.
After several weeks, the practice was abandoned after mail began arriving too fast.
It was a cost-effective way to move it, but also, the steam allowed you to take a peek at what was inside.
On this date in 1827, the very first Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Orleans, much to the excitement of the bead industry. Until then, the biggest question in town was, "What the heck am I going to do with all these beads?"
In 1883, the very first cigar-rolling machine was patented. Although, if he had known about it, Sir Walter Raleigh would have used it to roll in his grave.
On this date in 1890, two boxers fought 100 rounds before the match finally being declared a draw... and it was still shorter than the Academy Awards.
In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes were illegal. Protestors said they wouldn't take the news standing up.
On this date in 1945, a strike at the Ford Motor Company ended when Ford agreed to raise salaries to 18 cents an hour. 18 cents? Man, I'm quitting and heading to Ford.