On this date, in 1588, the last of the Spanish Armada was destroyed by the British. Commander Lou Schlipps had been in charge of the British fleet and his victory inspired the famous phrase, "Lou Schlipps sinks ships!"

In 1709, the very first ascent in a hot air balloon took place... indoors! Things were going great until he bumped into that sharp lighting fixture. That was when the pilot uttered those immortal words, "How in the hell do I get this thing down?"

On this date in 1829, a locomotive was operated in the western hemisphere for the first time. It only went two feet and would have gone a lot farther if there had only been railroad tracks.

In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph, a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing." Before copying, before Xeroxing, there was mimeograph. Copy that. If you're old enough to remember what that was, you might remember when it came out.

On this date in 1888, the revolving door was invented.
  • Up until then, jobs that hired and fired a lot of people had no way to describe themselves. 
  • Until then, people had no way to describe a company with high employee turnover. 
  • It was invented by a guy who worked at a place with a high turnover. 
  • Until then, companies that hired and fired people regularly had to use regular doors. 
In 1963 that Britain's Great Train Robbery took place, as thieves ambushed a mail train and made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes. That was much more than thieves stole a few years earlier during the famous "Good, but not Great Train Robbery."

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned himself that he was going to resign. It was a black day for blue suits.


Britain's Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary celebrates her 29th. If you're getting her a gift, please consider some fashion sense (or a better-looking hat!)

Garfield's sidekick, Odie, is 39 today. Someone get him a cartoon bone. That's 273 in comic dog years.

Boy band birthday day -- Drew Lachey of 98-degrees and J.C. Chasez of 'N SYNC both turn 41 today. No wonder I always had such a hard time telling those two groups apart. Ironically, Lay LeDrew of 41-Degrees turns 98.

Deborah Norville turns 59 today. And she'll be celebrating... on the next "Inside Edition!"

Donny Most, Ralph Malph of Happy Days, turns 64 today. Plans to just hang at home, waiting for the next reunion phone call. A guy in his 60s who starred in a show in the 70s that took place in the 50s. He plans to spend a quiet evening, celebrating at Arnold's.

Howard Stern's news sidekick, Robin Quivers, celebrates 65 today. And that's the news.

Dustin Hoffman turns the big 8-0 today. I need to watch "Tootsie" again.

Admit You're Happy Day -- To encourage people to think more about the "what's right's" in life as proclaimed by the Secret Society of Happy People. The Society began in 1998 to encourage people to identify and talk about more of their happy moments-and to discourage parade-raining (unnecessary communication). http://www.sohp.com


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