ON THIS DAY
That was the same day the official motto of the U.S. was announced: "E Pluribus This!"
In the words of one of our founding fathers, "If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere."
In 1803, Commodore John Barry died. He was considered by many to be the father of the American navy. And while he didn't serve long, the navy continued thanks to his seamen... thus the "father" reference.
Victoria Woodhull was born in 1838. She was the first woman to ever run for president of the United States. As you know, she didn't win, but she was elected a seat in Congress.
Dr. Walter Reed was born on this date back in 1851. He was the man who discovered what caused yellow fever: yellow thermometers!
Milton Hershey was born in 1857. Yes, that Hershey and the guy who coined the pickup line, "How about a kiss?"
On this date in 1899, Henry Bliss walked out in front of a car in New York City and went into the history books as the first person ever killed by a motor vehicle. Tough way to earn your spot.
In 1922, the highest temperature ever reached in the shade occurred in Libya. 136.4 degrees! It was so hot, you could start a fire by rubbing two popsicles together!
On this date in 1949, the LPGA was created. That's the Ladies Professional Golf Association... not the Louisiana Polka Gumbo Association.
In 1959, Soviet Lunik II became the first human-made object to crash on the moon. Yes, it operated on Windows.
On this date in 1960, the Federal Communications Act was amended to outlaw payola. Yeah, but only if they catch you. Oh, wait -- was that my outside voice?
The Beatles released their massive hit Yesterday in 1965 -- Nearly all Americans can name a member of the Beatles, but only half of them know any of our 100 U.S. senators. Of those surveyed by Miller Beer, 95 percent could rattle off one of the Fab Four -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr. But only 52% could name a federal lawmaker sitting in the Senate.
Scooby-Doo debuted on CBS-TV on September 13, 1969 -- Here are some facts you might not know about Scooby-Doo's and his pals.
Ben Savage -- Cory from "Boy Meets World" -- turns 37 today. He's working on a new series, "Boy Met World, Didn't Like It and Is Getting an Unlisted Phone Number."
Fiona Apple turns the big 4-0 today, somehow. She's so skinny, she has to stand back 10-feet from her birthday cake, just so no one tries to light her.
Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts turns 42 today. With a name like Joe Don, did I have to tell you he's a country artist?
Tyler Perry turns 48 today. To no one's surprise, so does Madea.
Randy Jones of the Village People turns 65 today. He was the cowboy.
Jean Smart celebrates her 66th birthday today. At one time, she was in "Designing Women." They've moved on to a new design. They say she's a smart dresser, even in jeans!
Peter Cetera, the lead singer for Chicago many years, turns 73 today. He's almost as old as the city. By the way, he finally revealed his preference in that long standing question. He prefers "6 to 4" over 25.
David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears turns 76 today. I believe he was the Sweat. These days, each one of those is quite an effort.
National Peanut Day -- the average American eats 3.36 pounds of peanut butter each year and that's a good thing because it can help you lose weight. Wait a minute, that can't be right can it? A high-calorie, starchy sandwich spread can help us lose weight? Yes, it can. That's the not-so-nutty word from researchers at Purdue University is that peanuts and peanut products cut the appetite. "The high protein and fiber content in peanuts may play an important role in curbing hunger and thereby not promoting weight gain," says Dr. Richard Mattes.
Fortune Cookie Day -- Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918 by Charles Jung. We don't think he used these fortunes:
"What, 3 servings of Moo Shoo Pork weren't enough for you, tubby?"
"Your fullness will be short-lived. Like an hour, tops."
"Put all your money and jewelry in the egg roll and nobody gets hurt."
"Today's dog in alley is tomorrow's moo goo gai pan."
"Patron who mocks waiter's accent will unwittingly consume chef's bodily fluids."
"Man who look to stale cookie for advice probably make good busboy. Ask waitress for application."
"Your strength lies in your continued belief that what you just ate was indeed duck."
"Creative Chinese chef without utensils can still find ways to stir soup."