ON THIS DAY
In 1621, the Mayflower set sail from the New World, heading home to England. Because so many of the colonists stayed behind, all the passengers had plenty of leg room... not just the folks in the emergency row seats. They left when one of the pilgrims thought they might have left the iron on.
On this date in 1649, Elihu Yale was born. He was the guy they named that famous school after, Elihu University.
In 1792, George Washington became the first American president to use a veto. His name was Vito Santoro and he used him to help move a couch.
On this date in 1909, Robert Peary became the first man to reach the North Pole. His dog was actually the very first to reach it.
In 1915, Jess Willard defeated Jack Johnson for the heavyweight crown. Let me say for starters, I had no idea that Jack Johnson was THAT old.
On this date in 1923, Firestone began making inflatable tires. Thus, paving the way for the invention of the flat. When the workers were asked how they felt after the first day, their response was, naturally, "tired."
In 1931, Fox Films dropped an actor they said just wasn't cutting it. Some guy named John Wayne. Seems funny, a company named Fox dropping an American idol like John Wayne.
On this date in 1965, "My Fair Lady" won the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same day, the movie "My Best Lady" won the award for the most Fair Picture.
In 1971, Fran Phillips became the first woman to reach the North Pole. She also became the first person to say "I think the pole would look much better over there."
Billionaire Howard Hughes died in 1972. I've never forgiven Uncle Howie for not mentioning me in his will.
On this date in 1987, on the brand-new FOX network, the network debuted their first-ever series. Remember which one? The "Tracey Ullman Show", which contained an animated segment called, "The Simpsons."
It's Cinco de Aprillo, if you want to start celebrating early.
Pharrell Williams is 45 today! Because he's happy... birthday! Midway to 90! Whatever you do, don't get him another oversized hat.
Singer Paula Cole turns 50 today. Years ago, she had a song called "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" Today, the cowboys are asking about her.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 52 today... somehow...
Cammie Lusko, in the Guinness record books as the World's Strongest Woman, celebrates a birthday today. I'll let you tell her she's 60.
Actor Mitch Pileggi turns 66 today. Would it help if I said Skinner from "The X-Files?"
Agnetha Faltskog, one of the original members of Abba, turns 68 today. If you're keeping score at home, she was the blonde.
- I believe she was the member with the most vowels in her name.
- Her name translates into "the blonde from Abba."
- She was one of the founding members of Abba... one of the few bands that can spell it's name backwards.
Retired General Colin Powell turns 81 today. He wasn't the first Colin to serve in Washington, but he was among the best. Wow, it seems just like yesterday I had absolutely no idea how old he was.
Go for Broke Day -- The phrase "Go for broke" means to risk it all, even if it means losing everything. It was adopted from the 442nd Infantry Regiment's unit motto "Go for Broke", which was derived from the Hawaiian pidgin phrase used by craps shooters risking all their money in one roll of the dice.