On this date in 1716, the very first lighthouse in the United States lit up Boston Harbor. Local residents were first to comment -- "Hey, can you turn that thing down?"
  • It started to work really well once the sun went down. 
  • Well, it was the first successful lighthouse. A previous one had been built in what is now Nebraska before they had the concept down. 
  • It was so successful at preventing ships from crashing, that it was moved out by the water. 
  • Someone immediately asked, "Uh, don't you think we should wait until night-time?" 

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City. The locals didn't make it easy. For example, the Bread Nazi told every British soldier, "No bread for you!"

On this date in 1807, Former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found innocent of treason. So this whole Politicians being arrested thing is not really new...

It was on this date in 1814 that Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner. It was suggested that it would make a great national anthem, but no one would stand for it. It now, is of course, our national anthem, the song that brings most people to their feet and some to their knees.

On this date in 1886, the typewriter ribbon was patented for those who liked to gift-wrap their typewriters. Up until that time, there was no way to gift wrap a typewriter to give as gifts. To be honest, the ribbon made typewriters look cuter.

In 1917, Russia was declared a republic and the show, "Dancing with the Czars" was immediately canceled.

On this date in 1960, the very first OPEC meeting was held. Ironically, the theme of the meeting was "$3.50 a gallon gas by 2007."


Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead turns 44 today... in this lifetime.

Kimberly Williams from the "Father of the Bride" movies and "According to Jim" turns the big 46 today. Our little has grown up, right before our eyes and is married to Brad Paisley.

Mary Crosby, who went down in TV history as the woman who shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas, turns 58 today.
  • Of course, after that big moment she went on to... uh, turning 58. 
  • She was never charged, but then again, she was never really hired after that, either. 
  • Back then, you took a shot and became famous. Today, take a shot and your ankle bracelet goes off. 

Sam Neill, the star of "Hunt For Red October" and "Jurasic Park" turns the big 7-0.

Bowzer Bauman of the group Sha Na Na turns 70 today. That scraping sound you hear is the bottom of the celebrity birthday barrel.

Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original Star Trek TV series, turns 81 today. That cast has sort of a "Last Man" club going... whoever is the last one left gets all the tribbles.


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