ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1849, the ship California arrived in San Francisco with the first of many gold seekers. The prospectors became known as the 49ers and while some found gold, they never once made the playoffs.

In 1854, 50-some opponents to slavery meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for a new political group. The organization later became known as the Republican Party.

On this date in 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized... all the way up until it legalized pot. Now there are clothes on the floor, the fridge stinks, pizza boxes on the kitchen counter.

In 1883, the first vaudeville theater opened... and a giant hook was used for the very first time.

On this date in 1940, a college basketball game was broadcast on TV for the very first time.
In the days before March Madness, people had to settle for February "Infuriation." Just didn't have the same ring to it.
Doesn't it seem like if they want to keep a basketball game to under 2-hours, all they should do is cover the last three minutes?
Needless to say, the guy with the TV set was thrilled.

On this date in 1950, Cadillac introduced the first one-piece automobile windshield. Up until then, bathing suits and windshields had been primarily 2-piece.

In 1958, the cost of a postage stamp went from 3 cents to 6 cents. Now those are just the increases. Today, that won't even let you stick it into a mailbox.

On this date in 1983, the final episode of "M*A*S*H" aired to an audience of 121 million people... which, until recently was the most-watched single event in TV history not involving the Super Bowl.

In 1996, Princess Diana agreed to a divorce from Prince Charles. It was a sad end to his Lady Diana, but an exciting beginning for his lady in waiting, Camilla Parker Bowles.

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