On this date in 30 BC, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, died after being bitten by a snake. She committed suicide by allowing an asp to bite her.
It had gotten close to her disguised as a lawyer.
Yes, he was such an asp. It bit her on her asp... while playing the game, "You bet your asp."
I'm a little rusty on my ancient history but I believe she killed herself because Marc Anthony left her for J-Lo.

In 1645, Dutch settlers and American Indians signed a treaty of peace at New Amsterdam, New York.
It was known as the Fuggetaboutit Treaty.
The Indians agreed to allow the Dutch to settle in New York, as long as they didn't allow skyscrapers and the New York Yankees. Well, we know how well that worked.

On this date in 1780, Benedict Arnold became a traitor after declaring himself a free agent.

In 1797, author Mary Shelley was born. She wrote "Frankenstein," but he never wrote her back.

On this date in 1901, Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner.
Oh, wait. No, he vacuumed the patent cleaner. Well, that's not really a big deal. Never mind.
Up until then, no one had any way to clean a vacuum.
Yep, at that time, door-to-door salesmen just knocked on doors but had nothing to sell.

In 1916 Turkey declared war on Russia. Surprising, since it was the United States that celebrated Thanksgiving.

The Japan Stationary Company sold the very first felt tip pen on this date in 1960. Of course, it left a permanent marker on the pen industry.

On this date in 1979, the first recorded comet ever to hit the sun. They had hit it before, but we weren't able to record it since we hadn't figured out how to run the stupid VCR.

In 1983, the "Three Stooges" received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Everyone in attendance received a commemorative finger poke in the eyes. Some felt they didn't deserve one. Others felt they soitenly did. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.


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