On this date in 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication. To make matters worse, there was a burn ban. Luther did burn the edict, although he blamed the dog.

In 1869, Wyoming passed the first law giving women the right to vote. Both of them in the state were thrilled. It was cheaper than actually buying each one a gift.

On this date in 1898, the Spanish-American War ended and the U.S. acquires Guam from Spain and a country to be named later.

In 1901, the very first Nobel Peace prizes were handed out.

Peacefully, of course.
Although one recipient was heard to say, "You're starting to peace me off."
They considered giving out several types of awards, but for starters, decided to give Peace a chance.
The following year, they decided to vote on the winners and not just hand them out.

On this date in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War. I'm assuming there was no connection to Russo Wilson of the Seahawks.

On this date in 1958, the first commercial jet flight took passengers from New York to Miami and luggage from New York to Pittsburgh.

In 1963, 6-year-old Donny Osmond makes his singing debut on the "Andy Williams Show." At that point in his career, Donny was just a little bit... well, Donny.

On this date in 1965, The Grateful Dead first performed as the Grateful Dead. Up until then, they had called themselves, "The Warlocks." Jerry Garcia had been Daddy Warlocks. Well, no, not really, but I thought I'd take a shot at it.


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