On this date in 1770, Captain James Cook first saw Australia.
  • Being just off the coast, it wasn't that difficult. 
  • He looked up and he saw down under. 
  • He said, "Wait a minute-isn't Fosters Australian for beer?" The Australians replied, "Isn't Cook's inexpensive for Champagne?" And the drinking began. 
  • He wasn't sure if he had the right shoes to go with their Perth. 

In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. If I remember my American history correctly, we won one of them, but lost the other in double overtime. CNN was there... of course, back then that stood for "Colonial Network News."

On this date in 1782 that The Netherlands officially recognized American independence. Up until then, we had worn a disguise. But when it came to financing the new country, they insisted that we go Dutch.

In 1897, the very first American marathon race was held in Massachusetts. However, after running all that distance, the guy's income tax returns were still marked as 'late.'

On this date in 1933, the United States abandoned the Gold Standard. Not sure which year we abandoned all the rest of our standards, but it was pretty recent. Or, sort of what we've done politically this year.

On this date in 1934, Shirley Temple's first movie debuted, "Stand Up and Cheer." It was followed with "Sit down, I'm trying to watch a movie here!"

In 1939, Connecticut finally approved the Bill of Rights -- 148 years after the rest of the country... and that inspired the creation of FEMA.

On this date in 1985, a record-setting 22-inch bubblegum bubble was blown. The guy's still finding chunks in his hair.


Tomorrow is 4-20. Not that I know what that means.

Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker and then Darth Vader in "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith," turns 37. To you, birthday happy hope it is.

Kate Hudson celebrates birthday number 39. She recently admitted that she is a lousy mother. There was no comment from her child, because she didn't know where he was.

James Franco turns the big 4-0 today. Since he's politically active and angry, it's silly to even try to wish him a happy birthday.

Ashley Judd hits the big 5-0 today. In actress years, that's legally dead.

Indy car racer Al Unser Jr. turns 56 today. I can never remember the name of his dad.

Tim Curry hits 72 today. Let's do the time warp again!


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