Johnny Appleseed was born on this date in 1774. Johnny, of course, gained his fame by traveling all over the country, scattering his seed. Born John Chapman, Appleseed was considered an American pioneer and legend who planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois). Perfect day to give away an Apple iPhone.

On this date in 1777, British troops began occupying Philadelphia during the American Revolution. They eventually left because the home town fans were so rude. The Eagles later beat the Old England Patriots in a close one, 21-20.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was named our country's first Secretary of State and said he couldn't wait for his first "Secretary's Day." He was the John Kerry of his time.

On this date in 1871, David O. Saylor patented cement for concrete.
You'd think concrete would be strong enough that it wouldn't need cement.
Needless to say, it was a concrete idea.
The inventor wrote his name on the patent with his finger.

The great American composer George Gershwin was born on this date in 1898. George wrote such famous scores as "16-7," "24-15" and the immortal "9-8 in overtime)."

On this date in 1902, the world's richest maker of pants, Levi Strauss died at the age of 73, which was quite a long time back in that day. Apparently, Levi Strauss had very good genes.

In 1960, the first of four Kennedy-Nixon debates took place, even though Nixon wanted to cancel them to deal with the country's problems at the time.

On this date in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" premiered in Hollywood. Even they thought it was weird.


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