On this date in 1805, U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli. And a song was born...

It was on this date in 1897 that President Grant's Tomb was formally dedicated. I don't know if President Grant was there for it. Or, I never did find out who was buried there.

In 1898, American naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas during the Spanish-American war and the only one killed was a mule. Hey, we told them to watch their ass.

On this date in 1931, Hawaii reached its all-time record high of 100 degrees. It was so hot, several grass skirt fires were reported.

In 1932, American poet Hart Crane drowned after jumping from a steamer. I had no idea clams got that big.

On this date in 1937, the very first social security checks were issued. I wasn't around for the start, but I'll probably see the last of 'em handed out. My financial advisor tells me that Social Security will always continue to hand out checks, until the day I retire.

This should be a national holiday for new parents. It was on this date back in 1965 that R.C. Duncan received a patent for disposable diapers. Should new parents use disposable diapers? Absolutely not -- they're intended for the babies. 
  • Everyone at the patent office gave the inventor a big huggie. 
  • He felt pampered. 
  • There have been lots of changes since then. Mostly on change tables. Instead of a handshake, the clerk said, "Oh, come on over here and give me a big Huggie!" 

In 1972, Apollo 16 returned to earth... just in time to fight Rocky Balboa.

On this date in 1983, President Reagan asked Congress to embrace his arms... what? Oh, here's the rest of it... his arms and economic program for Central America. That's different.

In 2004, Ruth Handler -- one of the creators of the Barbie doll -- died at age 85. She had a very basic funeral. Flowers and sympathy cards sold separately. She was buried in a very plain coffin. Accessories were not included.


Nathan Fillion is 46 today. He starred on "Castle," but if you watched "Santa Clarita Diet," you know he ended up being on the diet.

Little Scottish lass Sheena Easton turns 58 today. Talk about a nice lass. Her biggest hit was "Morning Train." Her other songs, "Afternoon Train" and "Evening Train" weren't as big of hits.

Ace Frehley of KISS turns 66 today. Yes, whenever I cheat at cards, I ace freely. He still likes to rock all night, and he's still able to potty every day.

Former NFL coach Chuck Knox turns 85 today. Those who had him for a coach refer to those days as learning from "the school of Chuck Knox." Or is it "Hard Chucks?" Whatever.

It's Tell a Story Day -- 


A brand of hash brown potatoes is being recalled because they may contain pieces of golf balls. If you've ever seen me play, you'll understand how that is possible.

I actually got an email that said, "Did you know that you haven't opened or clicked on one of our emails in over a year?" I wanted to write back, "Do you realize you can't take a hint?"

This is National Volunteer Week. We were going to have a party to honor those volunteers, but ironically, no one would take on the project.

A restaurant opened in London this week that specializes in airline-style food. Which, of course, begs the question, "Why?"


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