ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1709, according to the novel, that Robinson Crusoe was rescued. He was hoping to be home by Friday, but he took a boat instead. Sadly, he had to leave his volleyball Wilson behind. Wait, am I confused?

In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court teamed up for the first time, although most of them spent the whole time on the bench.

On this date in 1861, Texas voted to leave the union during the Civil War. Why did they call it the Civil War? It was the farthest from civil times.

It was on this date in 1862, that the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly. You know, they just don't write battle hymns like they used to. In fact, not at all.

In 1893, Thomas Edison finished work on the very first motion picture studio... much to the relief of movie theater operators. The next invention on his list? The $10 tub of popcorn.

On this date in 1898, the very first auto insurance policy was sold by Travelers. Ironically, on the same day, the first-ever travel insurance policy was sold by a guy named Otto.

It was on this date in 1914 that Pennsylvania created the very first movie censorship board.
There were quite a few people who felt it was about (blank) time.
As to what people thought of the board? Sorry, it was censored.
How did most people feel about the idea? They weren't allowed to say.

On this date in 1920, the world's very first armored car was put into service.
The bank that took delivery couldn't resist saying, "Tanks a lot."
Up until that time, armored car robbers were bored out of their minds.
It not only protected valuables while in transit, it also allowed the driver to flip off as many people as he wanted to...

Skippy Peanut Butter was first sold in 1933 -- Doctors at Tufts University have come up with a low-cost way to keep yourself free of coughs and sniffles this winter. A study shows you can slash your risk of colds and flu by 30 percent by eating peanut butter for breakfast. Peanut butter is loaded with Vitamin E, which has a proven track record in fending off viruses like the ones responsible for colds and flu.

In 1951, an atomic explosion was shown on TV for the very first time.
Critics called it "too predictable," which resulted in quite a bit of fallout.
It was the biggest bomb ever seen on television, until the "____ Show."
Critics called it "a bomb."

On this date in 1967, Buick begins offering 8-track stereo options in their cars. The 8-track player allowed us to bring our favorite songs into our cars and have them interrupted while the player changed tracks.

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