ON THIS DAY
In 1513, Balboa set sail to discover the Pacific Ocean. As you can tell, he didn't like very big challenges.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in 1875. Burroughs was the guy who created the character who liked to swing from place to place. No, not Jude Law... Tarzan!
On this date in 1878, Emma Nutt, the first woman telephone operator in the U.S., began working at the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston. For the longest time, someone would ask, "What kind of nut would do that job?" and the response was, "Emma."
In 1890, a baseball triple-header was played between teams from Boston and Pittsburgh. Yes, three games in a row on the same day. It was like watching grass grow three times in one day.
On this date in 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. I'm not sure how she died, but I'm assuming she was a passenger on United.
In 1932, the mayor of New York resigned because of corruption charges. Good thing that isn't a problem anymore.
On this date in 1953, Dupont invented Teflon. Of course, Teflon is famous because nothing sticks to it. It's like a diet. At first, they'd put it on frying pans and it wouldn't stick!
In 1961, the U.S. minimum wage was bumped up to $1.15. How come nobody told me we got a raise?
Gloria Estefan turns the big 6-0. She's still with the Miami Sound Machine, just at a higher volume.
- The conga line forms over there.
- The rhythm could actually now get her.
- She's adapted well over the years. I don't know if you heard, but the Miami Sound Machine is now a hybrid.
Dr. Phil McGraw turns 67 today. You got a problem with that? How does that make you feel? Deal with it.
Barry Gibb, the last surviving brother of the Bee Gees, turns 71 today. Yep, he's still "stayin' alive, stayin' alive..."
Lily Tomlin turns 78 today. She's knocking it out of the park with her Amazon series, "Grace and Frankie." She became famous as an operator on the TV show "Laugh In." Then again, so did Dick Martin.