On this date in 1538, Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII, after he allegedly colluded with the Russians. Wait. No. I'm getting mixed up.

On this date in 1777, France is the first nation to recognize American independence.
Ever since then, we've traveled there and spoke really loud so they could understand us, just to say thanks.
It was a way for them to be forward-thinkers and rude at the same time.
In fact, they were so inspired, they had a revolution of their own.
They liked the idea of independence, but they wanted to do it together with someone.

In 1790, an ancient Aztec calendar stone was discovered in Mexico City. It was still in mint condition, because it was one of the first flip calendars and with the pages being made out of stone, they were just a pain to flip.

On this date in 1791, the very first one-way street opened in New York City and within minutes, there was a crash. Both drivers said they were only going one way.

In 1843, Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" was published for the first time. Up until that time, Scrooges were just called Cheapskates.
People were so excited, over half of them planned to learn to read.
Everyone had to hurry up and read it before Christmas.
Until that time, people would have a Dickens of a time and not know what to call it.
To this day, no one knows how the melody goes.
Up until it came out, grumpy people would say, "Bah! Cabbage!" and it just wasn't as effective.

On this date in 1903, the Wright brothers became the first to fly an airplane in America.
They stayed up for 12 seconds. I'm going to stop there.
It was absolutely amazing -- only in the air 12 seconds and somehow, their luggage accidentally went on to Pittsburgh.
Of course, that record was shattered years later by LeBron James in that classic slam dunk of his.


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