Sir Isaac Newton was born on this date in 1643. He was the guy who came up with the law of gravity... or, in other words, determined that the earth sucks.

On this date in 1754, Columbia University opened, which was great for the football team, since there were no classes until after the football season.

Jacob Grimm was born in 1785. Despite a Grim future, he had a fairy tale life.

On this date in 1790, President Washington gave his first "State of the Union" speech.
It was tough. He couldn't blame the country's problems on the previous president.
He had a very positive and upbeat message and chose to completely ignore the advice of his Mayan advisors.
He had it tough -- it wasn't like he could blame all of our country's problems on the previous president.

Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, was born on this date in 1865. Hey, he led our country through World War I. Where's the day off?

On this date in 1885, Dr. William W. Grant performed what is believed to be the very first appendectomy. A woman named Mary Gartside gets credit for being the very first volunteer. She said, "I don't care what you do as long as you don't take out my appendix!"

In 1887, the first around-the-world bicycle trip ended in San Francisco after 2 years and 8 months.
Ironically, when he parked, it was in front of a no peddlers sign.
Imagine the 'no peddlers' signs he had to ignore.
After crossing the finish line, the cyclist's first words were, "That's the last time I use that travel agent."

On this date in 1896, Utah became our country's 45th state. Their official motto: "Welcome to the land of 10,000 wives!"

In 1975, President Nixon refused to turn over his White House tapes to the Senate Investigating Committee.

On this date in 1981, the very first successful "mammal cloning" took place when scientists duplicated three mice, basically solving the world's mouse shortage.


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