On this date in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 Pilgrims to settle the New World.
  • Fortunately, they arrived in time for Thanksgiving. 
  • What they actually found wasn't a New World -- it was more like hardly used, with low miles. 
  • Several months later, they were greeted by the local natives who said, "Hey there, Pilgrims!" 

In 1716, the first lighthouse in the United States was turned on in Boston.
  • The year-round resident was expected to turn on the light every night, and of course, do a little light house keeping. 
  • This amazing new invention allowed ships to actually see the rocks they were about to smash into. 

On this date in 1813, "Uncle Sam" first appeared in the newspaper.
You know, you always hear about "Uncle Sam," but you never hear anything about Aunt Frita, do ya?
Yes, Uncle Sam first appeared in a newspaper, after winning a "Who Looks Like Colonel Sanders?" contest.

On this date in 1822, Brazil declared independence from Portugal. Rather than waxing for a long time, they pulled it off quickly so it didn't hurt.

In 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands received her crown. The dentist warned her that if she didn't start brushing regularly, she'd have to get more.

On this date in 1948, synthetic rubber was used for the first time. Without it, we never would have been able to have the artificial flat tire.

In 1979, ESPN made it's cable debut. For as much time as we spend together, I feel like I should at least get it a card or something.

On this date in 1993, Automakers Renault of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they would merge. They couldn't decide if the new company was going to be called Volnault or Renvo, but no matter: Volvo canceled the deal the following December.


Natalia Cigliuti turns 39 today. She made her mark in "Saved by the Bell." Her career is still waiting for that bell.

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer for the Cranberries, turns 46 today. As a group, they went great along with Turkey.

Macy Gray turns the big 5-0 today in earth years.

ABC News host (20/20> Elizabeth Vargas turns 54 today. I heard she had an upset stomach, but remember: what happens in Vargas stays in Vargas.

Jeff Foxworthy turns 59 today. He's that Redneck Joke guy. His humor has a lot to do with the south, which is why several groups are trying to tear down some of his jokes.

Jane Curtin hits the big 7-0. Back in her hey day on "Saturday Night Live," Chevy Chase use to call her "an ignorant slut" a lot. She was kind of the Paris Hilton of her time.

Jo Anne Worley turns 80 today. If you remember "Laugh In," you can't be far behind.

Read A Book Day -- Did you know that you can cheer yourself up with when you read a book? Yes, choose one that takes place in an exotic, warm location and chase those blues away.


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