On this date in 1814, the Americans defeated the British in the Battle of Niagara Falls.

Needless to say, countless honeymoons were ruined.
As the British retreated, they were heard to say, "Do you hear water running?" just as they backed over the falls.
It was not surprising. The Americans would just wait for the British to be distracted by how gorgeous the falls were... and then attacked.
In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army, the first officer to hold that rank and a flask at the same time. When you think about it, that's tough: there's no one before you to blame for the way things are.

On this date in the year 1868, congress created the Wyoming territory. Logically, around Wyoming.

In 1940, John Sigmund began a 292-mile, 3-day swim down the Mississippi River. What some people won't do to save on bus fare.

It was in 1946, the U.S. conducted their first underwater atomic test. The toughest part was, of course, getting the fuse lit.

On this date in 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States, which means they were free to do anything they wanted as long as we said it was OK. They also became a major exporter of Major League Baseball players.


The world's very first test tube baby, Louise Brown, turns the big 4-0 today. That's in milliliters. She was also the first person to wear test tube socks.

Matt LeBlanc, forever to be known as Joey from "Friends," turns 51 today. How YOU doin'?

Matt LeBlanc received from the AARP the other day asking, "How you doin'?"
Of course, he's gone on to being known as "Matt LeBlanc of Friends." Sorry Matt, but you'll always be Joey.
As a special gift, we won't bring up his series, "Joey." Shoot, that slipped out.
Model, actress and the late David Bowie's wife Iman turns 63 today.


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