On this date in 1793, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first hot-air balloon flight in North America.
His famous words before they launched were, "Hey, is that tether rope coming loose?"
He should be down any day now...
Up until that time, no one had thought of tying a politician up inside the balloon and using him for the hot air.

In 1799, the very first income tax was imposed in England. So blame them for the idea. It really should be a national day of mourning.

On this date in 1875, Cheyenne, Wyoming, recorded its all-time low temperature of 38 degrees below zero. It was so cold, even ice cubes got frostbite.

In 1931, the movie "Little Caesar" opened, starring Edward G. Robinson. It took 28 years for them to realize, "Hey, that would be a great name for a pizza chain!" I'm sorry, that should be "Pizza! Pizza! Chain."

On this date in 1936, semi-automatic rifles were adopted by the U.S. Army. Adoption papers and everything. Even though they were adopted by the U.S. Army, they didn't tell them for 20 years.

In 1941, a color TV was demonstrated for the very first time. If only they hadn't chosen to show a documentary on polar bears in a snowstorm.

On this date in 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said that the supposed biography about him by Clifford Irving was a fake. Back in the days before fake news, we did fake books.


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