Johnny Appleseed was born on this date in 1774. Johnny, of course, gained his fame by traveling all over the country, scattering his seed... sort of the Jude Law of his time. Born John Chapman, Appleseed was considered an American pioneer and legend who planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois).

On this date in 1777, the British occupied Philadelphia. The Eagles later beat the Old England Patriots in a close one, 21-20.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was named our country's first Secretary of State and said he couldn't wait for his first "Secretary's Day." He was the John Kerry of his time. 

On this date in 1871, David O. Saylor patented cement for concrete.
  • You'd think concrete would be strong enough that it wouldn't need cement. 
  • Needless to say, it was a concrete idea. 
  • The inventor wrote his name on the patent with his finger. 
The great American composer George Gershwin was born on this date in 1898. George wrote such famous scores as "16-7," "24-15" and the immortal "9-8 in overtime)."

On this date in 1902, the world's most famous maker of pants, Levi Strauss died at the age of only 73. Apparently, he didn't have very good genes.

In 1960, the first of four Kennedy-Nixon debates took place, even though Nixon wanted to cancel them to deal with the country's problems at the time.

On this date in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" premiered in Hollywood. Even they thought it was weird.


Hard to believe, three months from today, we'll be hitting the After-Christmas Sales.

Serena Williams turns 36 today. She is a tennis legend. In fact, she's scored more Grand Slams than John Goodman on Denny's All-You-Can-Eat Wednesdays.
She's part of one of the most amazing sister acts since "White Christmas!"
They try to keep her away from the cake after she's blown out the candles.
One year she served it and there was cake everywhere.

Shawn Stockman of Boys to Men is 45 and definitely more closer to men, than boys. Wait, that didn't sound right.

Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest") turns 49 today. He's the one in the song: "All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased Caviezel..."

Linda Hamilton, from "Terminator" and "Terminator 2," will be back in the next "Terminator" movie with Arnold. Oh, and she's 61 today. Most of her original parts. Where's that friggin' time machine when you really need it?

Olivia Newton-John turns 69 today. Now she can't get physical, physical... she shouldn't get physical, physical... Seems like it wasn't long ago that she was John Travolta's girlfriend in "Grease." Ironically, these days, she needs "Grease" to "Get Physical."

Bryan Ferry turns 72 today. He was the guy behind Roxy Music, although today, Roxy Music is behind him.

It's National Pancake Day ----


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