ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1754, Columbia University opened, which was great for the football team, since there were no classes until after the football season.
Jacob Grimm was born in 1785. Despite a Grim future, he had a fairytale life.
On this date in 1790, President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.
It was a short one, as he didn't have a previous administration to blame for the country's problems.
He had a very positive and upbeat message and chose to completely ignore the advice of his Mayan advisors.
He had it tough -- it wasn't like he could blame all of our country's problems on the previous president.
Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, was born on this date in 1865. Hey, he led our country through World War I. Where's the day off?
On this date in 1885, Dr. William W. Grant performed what is believed to be the very first appendectomy. A woman named Mary Gartside gets credit for being the very first volunteer. She said, "I don't care what you do as long as you don't take out my appendix!"
In 1887, the very first around-the-world bicycle trip ended in San Francisco after 2 years and 8 months. Imagine the 'no peddlers' signs he had to ignore. After crossing the finish line, the cyclist's first words were, "That's the last time I use that travel agent."
On this date in 1896, Utah became our country's 45th state. Their official motto: "Welcome to the land of 10,000 wives!"
On this date in 1981, the very first successful "mammal cloning" took place when scientists duplicated three mice, basically solving the world's mouse shortage.
Hard to believe we're exactly 6 months away from the 4th of July!
Julia Ormond turns 53 today. Her biggest film was "Legends of the Fall" which would have been a great title for a movie on the fiscal cliff.
Tennis player Guy Forget also turns 53 today. Why is it I can never remember his name?
Dave Foley turns 54 today. He provided the voice for Flick in "A Bug's Life"... but of course, in real life, Dave's much shorter.
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. turns 58 and still won't say what R.E.M. stands for... The band's name was randomly selected by Stipe, from Rapid Eye Movement. Ironically, as he gets older, it's harder for him to get really good R.E.M. sleep.
Country singer Patty Loveless turns 61. That would be tough, spending your whole life being Loveless. She almost married a guy once, but his last name was Theft and it just wasn't worth it.
Dyan Cannon turns 81 today. She was all that in her prime. Now she's just that. Years ago, she starred in "Heaven Can Wait"... now she's living it!
Legendary Miami Dolphins football coach Don Shula turns 88 today. He coached the only perfect season of the National Football League. 17-0 in 1972. I had the exact opposite that year, asking girls to the prom. Yep, 0-17.