On this date in 1181, Chinese and Japanese astronomers discovered a supernova. They knew it was a supernova because it looked like a nova with a cape on it. Their exact words were: "Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No... it's SUPERnova!"

In 1890, the electric chair was used in New York for the very first time on convicted killer William Kemmler was executed at Auburn State Prison in New York.

Of course, since then, they've gone to solar. It saves a lot of money, but is much slower.
His final words: "Oh, I'd rather stand."
Needless to say, he was shocked.
To make matters worse, his cell mate snuck in a whoopee cushion.
His last words: "Damn that Ben Franklin and his friggin' kite!"
That same day in 1890, Cy Young won his first professional baseball game and went on to win 510 more. They should have an award named after him.

On this date in 1926, Warner Brothers premiered its new Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system in New York. Unfortunately, they showed a movie about a librarian with laryngitis and it just wasn't that impressive.

It was on this date in 1965 that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Federal Voting Rights Act into law. It ought to go into effect in the south any year now.

On this date in 1985, Major League Baseball players went on strike.

People didn't notice for a couple of days. They just thought the game was seeming even slower.
To be honest, at first, fans just thought the game was going slower than usual.
While baseball fans called it a strike, football fans thought it was a ball.
It was the one year the Cubs didn't break my heart. Not fully, anyway.


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