ON THIS DAY
In 1893, the U.S. post office offered its first adhesive stamp.
Up until that time, they had to be stapled on, even though the stapler hadn't been invented yet.
It honored Christopher Columbus' voyage. Yes, that was so long ago, it was back when we honored Columbus.
Up until that time, you had to take the stamp with the letter and deliver it yourself and it just seemed silly.
It was the first commemorative stamp in his honor before we knew better.
On this date in 1921, church services were broadcast on the radio for the very first time. The tricky part was passing the plate.
In 1929, the U.S. and Canada reached an agreement to preserve Niagara Falls. The only problem was finding a jar big enough.
On this date in 1939, Time magazine named Adolf Hitler their "Man of the year." See, it doesn't always mean someone good. There's one they wish they could take back. They haven't lived it down yet.
In 1942, the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring Jimmy Cagney opened. Not many people knew Jimmy was a real-live nephew of his Uncle Sam... but they did after the show.
On this date in 1965, The New York Jets sign University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000. These days that's a shoe endorsement. Twice that if you want both shoes endorsed.
In 1974, President Nixon signed a bill into law that made the federal speed limit 55 mph hour... among those without radar detectors. If you were wondering who had that big idea, Nixon's the one.