It was on this date in 1813 that the cartoon version of Uncle Sam first appeared in the New York Post. It was supposedly modeled after a guy named Sam Wilson. Gee, we were that close to having it be Uncle Wilson.

As you've noticed, with the way our country has been behaving lately, he's been in hiding.
We could have ended up with a volleyball being the symbol for our country.
You know, you always hear about "Uncle Sam," but you never hear anything about Aunt Frita, do ya?
He won a "Who Looks Like Colonel Sanders?" contest.
I believe it was in a singles ad.

In 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. The interesting thing is that they removed their connections using hot wax.

On this date in 1948, synthetic rubber was used in asphaltic concrete for the very first time. I believe that's the whole 'where the rubber meets the road' thing came from. Without it, we never would have been able to have the artificial flat tire.

In 1979, ESPN made its debut on television. Yep, it's only been around 33 years. Seems so much longer, like it's always been there. You know, 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 1988, Vice President George Bush startled an American Legion audience in Louisville, KY, by referring to September 7th as Pearl Harbor Day. Apparently, it runs in the family.


Evan Rachel Wood is 30 today, a decade for each name.

Angie Everhart is 48. She was once romantic with Sylvester Stallone. She described their relationship as Rocky... 1-3. She most recently starred in "Bigfoot."

SNL's Leslie Jones is the big 5-0 today. I'll let you tell her.

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders hits 66, but, of course, pretending to be 59.

Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge Simpson, hits 67 today. May the flames on her birthday candles be as high as Marge's hair. She's been a blue hair for three decades.

Gloria Gaynor celebrates her 68th birthday today. Years ago, she sang the hit, "I Will Survive." She did, but her career didn't.


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