On this date in 1716, the very first lighthouse in the United States turned on it's beacon in Boston Harbor.
Sailors were thrilled, neighbors were not.
That's when sales of blackout blinds skyrocketed.
Local residents were first to comment -- "Hey, can you turn that thing down?"
It started to work really well once the sun went down.
It was so successful at preventing ships from crashing, that it was moved out by the water.
Someone immediately asked, "Uh, don't you think we should wait until night-time?"

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City. The locals didn't make it easy. For example, the Bread Nazi told every British soldier, "No bread for you!"

On this date in 1807, Former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found innocent of treason. So this whole Politicians being arrested thing is not really new...

It was on this date in 1814 that Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner. It was suggested that it would make a great national anthem, but no one would stand for it. It now, is of course, our national anthem, the song that brings most people to their feet and some to their knees.

On this date in 1886, the typewriter ribbon was patented. Which suddenly made typewriters more usable. The typewriter ribbon was patented for those who liked to gift-wrap their typewriters. Up until that time, there was no way to gift wrap a typewriter to give as gifts. To be honest, the ribbon made typewriters look cuter.

In 1917, Russia was declared a republic and the show, "Dancing with the Czars" was immediately canceled.

On this date in 1960, the very first OPEC meeting was held. Ironically, the theme of the meeting was "$4.00 a gallon gas by 2008."


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