On this date in 1840, New Zealand was settled by the British, even though the Queen had said, "Never settle." Apparently, for years, they couldn't sleep. But the Brits finally got them settled.

In 1881, an ancient Egyptian obelisk known as "Cleopatra's Needle" is erected in New York's Central Park. It was far from the last needle ever found there.

On this date in 1905, thousands of demonstrating Russian workers were fired. Oh, wait, were fired ON (big difference) by Imperial army troops in St. Petersburg on what became known as "Red Sunday" or "Bloody Sunday."

In 1930, the U.S. all-time record low temperature of 85 below zero was set at Mt. Carroll, Illinois.
The bird baths were so frozen, robins learned to play hockey!
It was so cold, people were crawling in refrigerators and covering themselves with ice cream just to stay warm.
It was so cold, a snowman was seen building a fire.

On this date in 1938, the play "Our Town" was performed for the very first time, in New Jersey. It was much more popular than its predecessor, "Your Town."

In 1947, the very first TV station west of the Mississippi went on the air, in Hollywood, California. Of course, they immediately took credit for having the #1 newscast.

On this date in 1955, the U.S. announced it would develop intercontinental missiles with nuclear warheads. Why they would put nuclear candy on missiles is beyond me.

In 1968, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" debuted on TV. You bet your sweet bippy it did.

On this date in 2002, K-Mart filed for bankruptcy... and wanted to change its name to Not OK-Mart.

It was six years ago tonight that Conan O'Brien hosted his last "Tonight Show." You can understand why Conan hates the Stephen King book, "Sometimes they come back."


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