On this date in 1910, Blanche Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet as she sailed across a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Some people congratulated her, but most people just yelled, "Duck!" And even though she was just 12-feet off the ground, her luggage still ended up in Cleveland.

In 1941, the Disney classic "Dumbo" hit theaters.
It gave people a chance to see an elephant fly without drinking.
It wasn't the first time that a flying elephant was seen, but it was the first time without any alcohol involved.
Yep, he misjudged where the door was, and hit the theater. Flew right into it!
Lots of people wonder how "Dumbo" got his name. It was right after he suggested that a government shutdown was a good idea.

In 1946, the United Nations met in New York for the very first time. Of course, being the first day, nothing was really accomplished, and the streak has now reached 60 years.

On this date in 1956, the very first videotape recording was made. Sadly, the researcher wasn't kind and didn't rewind.

In 1956, the ill-fated revolt in Communist Hungary started... but was later crushed by Soviet tanks. The leader of Hungary said, "I led this revolt and this is the tanks I get?"

On this date in 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn over his secret White House tape recordings. Like Michael Strahan's teeth, there were some gaps. They were on his on his own, "I'm notta crook" label.

In 1979, the U.S. government approved a stand-by gasoline rationing plan. See, it could be worse.


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