On this date in 1698, Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

He told taxpayers not to worry about it -- it would grow on them. It was the rare situation that made shaving a tax deduction.
Had Duck Dynasty been around back then, he would have been filthy rich.
Those concerned about paying too much taxes went to H and R Barber.
The measure passed by a whisker.
Peasants re-named him, "Peter the not as great as we originally thought."

In 1793, The Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution sending thousands of people to their deaths on the guillotine. France was very divided on one major issue: was it Gill-o-Teen or Gee-O-Teen?

On this date back in 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas. I used to have a Sam Houston Institute of Technology t-shirt. Just for the shock value of the initials.

In 1882, thousands of people marched through the streets of New York in the very first-ever Labor Day parade. Yep, they gave up their day off to honor the days they don't have off, so they could work towards better conditions for workers and give them more days to be non-working workers. Yeah, we're confused, too.

On this date in 1885, the very first gasoline pump was delivered to a gas station. Now, the only thing needed was... someone to invent a car.

It was on this date in 1982, The "Texan" set the speed boat record at 229 mph. Yeah, while that's impressive... I still think the person water-skiing behind them deserved some kind of recognition.


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