On this date in 1866, President Andrew Johnson declared the American civil war was over, despite the fact fighting had ended months earlier. Just one of those things he was meaning to get around to and just never did.

In 1914, the Germans occupied Brussels and quickly earned the nickname, "Brussel Krauts."

On this date in 1918, during World War I, Britain opened its offensive on the Western front. Suddenly, it was no longer all quiet.

It was on this date in 1920 that America's first commercial radio station, "8MK" later "WWJ," began daily broadcasts in Detroit.
  • Of course, they immediately told advertisers they were number one.
  • Needless to say, there were a lot of car commercials.
  • It's still on the air -- not the radio station: the commercials.
  • Up until that time, no announcer had ever said, "We'll be right back after these messages."

On this date in 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged the test detonation of a hydrogen bomb. At first, they had tried to blame the dog.

In 1955, H.A. Hanes, of Palmdale, CA. flew the very first plane to exceed 1800 mph.
  • He also set the world record for losing a piece of luggage -- 1.2 seconds.
  • He was flying so fast, he actually arrived 5 minutes ahead of the luggage.
  • And the doctor was still late for his tee time.

On this date in 1964, President Johnson signed an anti-poverty bill. Obviously, not everyone got the memo on that one.

In 1974, Nolan Ryan became the first Major League Pitcher to throw a pitch over 100 mph. After catching the ball, the catcher only had one word to say: "Ouch!"


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