ON THIS DAY
In 1790, U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
Yes, back then, even New York had standards.
I don't remember the faces of any of the congress people, but Independence Hall rang a bell.
Truth be told, New York told them to leave. Don't think they didn't count the silverware on their way out.
If the Liberty Bell is listening to this, "Hey, no cracks!"
They eventually had a House Warming party, but not a Senate Warming party.
Gee, if we only hadn't given the forwarding address.
On this date in 1825, President John Adams suggested establishment of a U.S. observatory. And things were looking up. He might have had his telescope plan approved if he also hadn't requested that it be pointed at the widow Hawkins' house.
In 1877, that Thomas Edison made the very first sound recording. It was him, uttering those immortal words, "Why in the heck doesn't this thing work. Oh, there it is!"
On this date in 1884, construction was completed on the Washington Monument. Of course, critics were quick to point out that it didn't look a thing like him.
In 1923, Calvin Coolidge became the first U.S. President to speak on the radio. His first words: "Am I the 9th caller?' (or, "I'd like to request some Al Jolson and dedicate it to my wife")
On this date in 1957, a Vanguard rocket blew up on the launching pad at Cape Canaveral during America's first attempt to launch a satellite. The Soviet Union ended up being the first ones to get a satellite in space, even though they were Russian.
On this date in 1973, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford became the very first un-elected vice-president. He succeeded Spiro T. Agnew who had resigned due to having a funny name, I believe. He eventually became president, after the resignation of Richard Nixon. So, he became Vice-president and President without every running for the offices. Nice work if you can get it.