It's said that it was on this date back in 2348 BC that the huge flood ended... allowing Noah and his family to finally leave the ark. Pity the poor family member who was the first to suggest they go to the zoo.

On this date in 1776, British troops capture Fort Washington during the American Revolution. I'm no American historian, but I believe Fort was George's brother.

In 1885, Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason... but, of course, being in Canada, in the nicest way possible.

On this date in 1901, three race cars all broke the 60mph "barrier" in the same race at Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway.
That's still twice as fast as the freeway was moving yesterday.
The next time I get on the freeway here during rush hour, I'll be jealous.
For the record, all three pizzas arrived piping hot!

In 1907, Oklahoma became our 44th state. How did we wait that long to make something in the middle of the country a state? Like, we were thinking about it? We weren't sure if it was going to work out?

On this date in 1914, the 12 Federal Reserve Banks opened... one for each day of Christmas.

In 1926, Ohio State University honored Maurine Ormsby as their homecoming queen. For the record, Maurine was not a person -- but a an award-winning purebred Holstein cow.
It apparently was a very lonely fall for a lot of people on campus.
She was much nicer than the pig the previous year.
Of course, the big question: where the hell do you pin on the corsage?

On this date in 1955, a speed boat exceeded 200 mph for the very first time. While an incredible achievement, I feel bad for the guy who was water-skiing behind the boat. No one seems to mention him, where ever he ended up.

On this date in 1965, plans were announced to build a place called "Disney World." They were the happiest plans on earth. Back then, when you played on the east coast and won a championship, as soon as the game was over the announcer would say, "Now what are you going to do?" and the players would have to respond, "I'm going to... have to wait!"


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