On this date, in 1709, the Massachusetts town of Havervill was destroyed by the French and Indians... 32-3.

In 1896, the American dish "Chop Suey" was served for the very first time to the visiting Chinese ambassador in New York.
The catch phrase that quickly caught on: "So, suey me!"
I know when I think of Chop Suey, I think of New York.
I thought that's where they invented salsa. Oh, what do I know?
Didn't they make a movie about that called, "Soy Story?"

On this date in 1901, Anti-booze activist Carrie Nation attacked a New York tavern belonging to heavyweight boxer John L. Sullivan with an axe... and gave the darn thing 40 whacks.

In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb and tried to blame a very large Russian wolfhound.

On this date in 1953, the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales makes its debut in the Warner Brothers cartoon "Cattails for Two." If you listen quietly, you can hear the protest forming outside the radio station.

In 1964, the musical "Mary Poppins" debuted in theaters. It would be a lot harder to write those songs today: "Just a spoon full of organic gluten-free pure cane sugar." Or pity the sign-language interpreter when "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious" came on.

On this date in 1977, three people were arrested in Memphis for plotting to dig up the body of Elvis Presley. What some people won't do to avoid paying the admission fee at Graceland.

In 1982, the world kite-flying record was set at 180-hours, 17-minutes. It's one thing to set a world record, but wouldn't you want one that you'd be proud to tell people about? The record was set by Bob "Need a Life" Putinski.


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