On this date in 1692, the last 8 witches were hanged in Salem. After that, no one ever double-parked their brooms again.

In 1776 that Nathan Hale uttered those famous words, "I regret I only have one life to lose for my country." He had a promising career ahead of him as a motivational speaker if he hadn't been hanged.

On this date in 1789, Congress created the position of Postmaster General, to help in the slowing down of rapidly delivered mail. Up until then, he didn't have an office and had to store all the mail in his garage.

In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed. In an amazing coincidence, the Proclaimers released their new album, "French Republic."

On this date in 1903 that Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for his invention: the ice cream cone. And today is not a national holiday. Go figure. Funny, but if I think about that story too fast, I get an ice cream headache. A survey commissioned by Dairy Queen reveals that regardless of how it is served, many Americans sure love ice cream. Of those adults who say they eat ice cream at least once a month:
65% prefer ice cream in a cup
28% prefer ice cream in a cone
7% didn't care
Dipped coating or syrup is the topping of choice -- more than half (53 percent) enjoy adding it to their ice cream

On this date in 1949, the Soviet Union exploded their first atomic bomb. At the time they denied it was a bomb and were trying to blame a very large dog.

In 1950, General Omar Bradley was promoted to a five-star general because he was so spicy.

On this date in 1964 "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." debuted on TV. In a weird coincidence, my Uncle Mann came over to watch it with me. I was very confused.

In 1986, a Federal Judge ruled that computer chips were covered by copyright laws. But not potato chips.

On this date in 1987, the second NFL player's strike began. Fans quickly rallied and began organizing pools on when the strike would end.


Tom Felton, who you hated as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter, turns the big 3-0. Ages Type-castius! Another year and he'll be old enought to get a rent-a-broom. Nowadays he's on CW's "The Flash."

Scott Baio turns 57 today. Yep, he's a 57-year-old Chachi! Yes, he started out as Cha-chi in Happy Days... and, last time we checked, he's still there.

Joan Jett celebrates birthday number 59. Oh, yes and she still loves rock and roll. How could you possibly have a mid-life crisis after her career? How could there be anything left in your system to get out of?

Debby Boone is celebrating her 61st birthday and still lighting up lives... Her hit "You Light Up My Life" is not to be confused with the old standard, "You light up my wife!"

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda turns the big 9-0 today. He's still hanging around the clubhouse these days. He may be lost, but he's there.

The first day of Autumn officially arrives today (3:02pm EDT, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Southern Hemisphere today is the beginning of spring), but you'll have to wait for cooler air to invade the U.S.


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