On this date in 1815, General Andrew Jackson led American troops in a win over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, ending the war of 1812.
The two countries had been fighting over what name to call the war. It was a confusing time.
I had thought, the war ended in 1812. Silly me.

In 1918, President Wilson outlined his 14 points for peace after World War I. Several wars later, I'm going to assume we chose to ignore them. Obviously, they came with a limited time warranty.

On this date in 1918, Mississippi became the first state to ratify a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting the sale, manufacture or transportation of liquor. The trouble all started there.

In 1925, the first all-female state supreme court gathered in Texas. It was a great day in court for any guy who needed the men's room.It was also the day that Chippendale's provided bailiffs for the first time.

On this date in 1935, A.C. Hardy patented the Spectrophotometer. It was for those who like to meter their Spectropho.

In 1946, Elvis Presley received $8 for his birthday. He was also given a can of soda pop, which had been all shook up and, well, the rest is history.

Yes, the king of rock & roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born on this date in 1935. Test your knowledge of the King and his hit records by completing the song titles.
Don't Be _____ (Cruel)
Hound _____ (Dog)
All _____ Up (Shook)
Let Me Be Your _____ (Teddy Bear)
Are You _____ Tonight (Lonesome)
_____ Minds (Suspicious)
_____ Rain (Kentucky)
Crying In The _____ (Chapel)
_____ Rock (Jailhouse)
Viva _____ (Las Vegas)

In 1962, Jack Nicklaus won his first money on the pro golf circuit: a whopping $33.50 for finishing in 50th place in the Los Angeles Open. A reminder that we all start somewhere... These days, that barely covers the tip for the caddy.

On this date in 1964, President Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Needless to say, poverty couldn't afford it. We've been fighting ever since.


We're already 25% of the way through January.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un turns 35. What do you get for a world that, if you get the wrong thing, you'll be executed?

Reggae singer Sean Paul is 45, mawn. Two first names, no waiting.

R. Kelly is 51 today. For the record, he's R. Kelly, not our Kelly. If nothing else, his name uses less frosting to write, "Happy Birthday R."

Mike Reno of Loverboy turns 63 today. If he sings longer than four hours, please see a doctor.

Theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking turns 76 today. At least, that's his theory. He is an actual Mr. Know It All.

Bob Eubanks, the one-time host of the Newlywed Game, turns 80 today. It was a show where recently married couples found out just how much they didn't know about each other. Today we call that Facebook. Larry Storch, Corporal Agarn from the old "F-Troop" show and Warner Brothers cartoon voice, turns 95 today.


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