On this date in 1783, General George Washington bid farewell to his officers at Francis Tavern in New York.
During happy hour, of course. No sense paying full price.
Although he couldn't remember the zip code for his new address.
And said "Don't forget to write!"
It was the last year he was able to write them all off as dependents.
He received endless cheers all the way up until he uttered those immortal words, "Separate checks, please!"
George Washington gave his farewell address to his troops so that he could become a judge on "Dancing with the Redcoats."

In 1786, a mission was founded in California. The mission -- should you choose to accept it -- was Santa Barbara.

On this date in 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the 5th U.S. president, defeating Federalist Rufus King. Think how close we were to have a President Rufus.

In 1839, the Whig party held its first National Convention in Harrisburg, PA, and nominated William Henry Harrison for president. Three names for the price of one nominee.

On this date in 1909, the very first Grey Cup was played in Canada. Check out the names of the two teams: The University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6.

In 1918, President Wilson became the first American president to travel outside of the United States.
Which is surprising, considering that for most of the earlier presidents, "outside of the United States" was right here.
Of course, the tough part was getting his office there.

On this date in 1958, two pilots in a single-engine Cessna 172 began the world's longest flight, flying over Las Vegas for 64 days, 22.3 hours. You know the old saying, "What never lands in Vegas never gets to Vegas."


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