On this date in 1775, Benjamin Franklin became our country's first Postmaster General. Unfortunately, he missed being sworn in. His invitation was lost in the mail.
  • He'd actually been appointed that several months earlier, but it took that long for the letter to reach him.
  • He didn't really pay that much attention to his job. Some say he just mailed it in.
  • It became a passion project for him and he was very much into mail enhancement.
  • Ironically, when he was first asked, he told them to go fly a kite.

In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. constitution. The popular slogan at the time was, "Ratify this!"

On this date in 1952, Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron died in Buenos Aires at the age of 33. Most people wanted to cry for her, but they were told not to. I doubt anyone said at the time, "You know, someday this will be a great musical"... but it did.

In 1968, London Records halted plans to release the Rolling Stones' "Beggars Banquet" album because of its "obscene" toilet stall cover. How far we've come...

On this date in 1969 the bed-pushing record was set at 3233 miles. Needless to say, when the person in the bed woke up, was he surprised. Best prank ever!

In 1980, Joe Bowen set the world record for walking on stilts: 3,008 miles. Of course, the crocodile that chased him the entire way deserves part of the credit.


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