ON THIS DAY
- On this date in 1789, John Adams became our country's first vice president.
- That sounded a lot better than the original title, President of Vice.
- He took on the job after deciding he was tired of doing things.
- Up until then, we had no one to make fun of.
- Being the first one, he had no idea how little he had to do.
- Imagine his disappointment when he found out it had nothing to do with vices.
In 1836, Texas gained it's independence when Sam Houston beat Santa Ana in double overtime. Because he lost, Santa Ana had to be the name of a city in California, while Houston got to stay.
The first Kindergarten was founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837. What's the difference between Congress and kindergarten? A kindergarten has adult supervision.
In 1862, the U.S. government established a mint in Denver. Over the years, the Campfire girls have tried to sell it numerous times.
On this date in 1910, author Samuel Clemons -- better known as Mark Twain -- died. Reports of him being alive were greatly exaggerated.
In 1918, German air ace Manfred Von Richthofen (The Red Baron) was shot out of the sky by Canadian pilot Roy Brown during World War I.
- Not Snoopy, as you believed all these years.
- Fortunately, a giant pizza box broke his fall and the rest, as they say, is history.
- After that, Roy's friends had to call him, "Snoopy."
On this date in 1962, the World's Fair opened in Seattle, Washington. It featured some futuristic devices as "the Bubble-ator"... a giant elevator that looked liked a big bubble. It gave people a chance to see inventions from the future before they became obsolete. It was the reason they put up the Space Needle, which remains today as a symbol of the city. The needles on the ground are a reminder of their heroin epidemic.
In 1980, Rosie Ruiz became the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon... only to be discovered later that she cheated and actually didn't run the entire race. This is where Paul Ryan jumps in and says, "You can do that?"
On this date in 1986, that Geraldo Rivera hosted that live show where he opened Al Capone's secret vault. In his head, Geraldo thought this was a great idea, but there was nothing in it. Or in the vault.
Tony Romo turns 37 today. He's now officially an ex-Cowboy. Well, actually, he was last season, too... he just still wore the uniform.
Samantha Druce, the youngest woman ever to swim the English Channel, turns 46 today... and now, drives across.
Andie MacDowell turns 59 today. She was in "Groundhog Day"... and then, she was in "Groundhog Day"... and then. She also starred in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and she's slowly moving closer from one to the other.
Tony Danza celebrates birthday number 66 today. He's the guy from "Who's the Boss?" and going back even further, from the comedy, "Taxi."
- He still doesn't know who the boss is!
- In other words, he lives on Nickelodeon these days.
- Who's the boss? These days, the nurse.
- His big claim was "Who's the Boss?" Did anyone ever tell him Bruce Springsteen?
Iggy Pop turns the big 7-0 today. Now when he walks, Iggy pops. I can't explain it either.
Charles Grodin turns 82 today. Did he find a fast-forward button or just have really good hair and makeup? When did he get so old? Britain's Queen Elizabeth the 2nd is 91 years old today. I've gotta say, I loved her in "The Crown."
Kindergarten Day -- The first Kindergarten was founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837. What's the difference between Congress and kindergarten? A kindergarten has adult supervision.
MY OTHER THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
Therapists are offering digital interventions for people addicted to social media at the rate of $150 an hour. I just posted that I could quit at any time on Twitter, Snapchat, Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram.
OK, I'm just askin', but: Bill O'Reilly, Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton... are Bill's just horn-dogs?
I'm thinking, you know, we're probably not that far away from the self-playing video game.
Venezuela seized an auto plant from General Motors this week. Ironically, Venezuela is Spanish for "United Airlines."