On this date in 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British. And a French tradition was born. They got tired of being asked, "OK, is Kwa-BEC? or Kuh-beck?"

In 1769, the very first piano was built in the United States. It was made of New Hampshire wood, Pennsylvania wire and Florida Keys. Up until that time, all you could do is tuna fish.

On this date in 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol using a silver trowel and marvel-headed gavel. Who knew Marvel was even around back then?

In 1851, the New York Times went on sale for the very first time at two cents a copy.
So, back then, if you put in your two cents, someone would hand you a newspaper.
Ironically, all these years later and there are lots of people who wouldn't give you two cents for a newspaper.
Ironically, today, most people wouldn't give you two cents to read it online.

On this date in 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System began broadcasting with a collection of 16 radio stations. It's now known as CBS and their whole eye symbol makes a whole lot more sense now that they have TV stations, too.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. This inspired the joke: Would you like a Hearst Burger? A Hearst Burger? Yep, it's like a regular burger, but no Patty.


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