On this date in 1761, the very first American life insurance policy was issued in Philadelphia. I believe it was with the insurance company, All Colonies. Their motto: "You're in good hands with All-Colonies."

In 1785, Benjamin Franklin invented the first bifocals.

For those whose glasses that like to go both ways.

Which allowed you to lose one pair of glasses, rather than taking all the time to lose two.

After he accidentally sat on his two pairs of glasses. Might as well make lemonade out of lemons!

Naturally, he became the first person to misplace his bifocals. (And of course, how can you look for them if you can't see clearly?)

After he missed reading that warning on the kite not to fly it in an lightning storm.

On this date in 1892, Dr. Sheffield, a British dentist, invented the toothpaste tube. It's popularity soon began to Crest.

Yeah, we're squeezing everything possible out of today's history calendar.

Isn't that amazing? Who knew Britain had dentists?

Isn't it amazing how people who squeeze the tube in the middle always marry people who squeeze their tube from the end?

So that couples would have something to fight about. "Squeeze from the middle"... "No, roll it up from the end!"

In 1961, the world's first revolving restaurant opened at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. Over time, the wooden horses were replaced with regular restaurant tables and chairs.


Actress Maggie Q turns 39 today. She was a FBI agent on the recently canceled series, "Designated Survivor."

Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White on "Once Upon a Time") turns the big 4-0 today. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's eating birthday cake most of all?

Actress Alison Eastwood -- yes, Clint's daughter -- turns 46 today.

It's supermodel Naomi Campbell's 48th birthday. She plans a quiet evening at home, lighting the candles on her cake and then throwing her phone at them.

Elton John's former writing partner, Bernie Taupin, turns 68 today. "The Bitch is Back," "Candle in the Wind" and a ton of others. Yes, together, they were responsible for more hits than "The Sopranos."

Former Major League Pitcher Tommy John turns 75 today. A lot of pitchers are known for their fastballs, curves or pitching styles-he'll always be remembered for a surgery.

Billionaire Oil Man T. Boone Pickens turns 90. Good. I still have time to prove, somehow, that I'm related.


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