ON THIS DAY
In 1778, France became the first nation to recognize American independence. So, see, they haven't always been known for their rudeness.
If nothing else, to tick off England.
That's why we don't mind them being so rude.
Up until that time, our disguise had worked perfectly.
In 1788, Massachusetts became the 6th U.S. state. That was back when you yelled "Go Pats!" it had to do with the militia and not the football team.
On this date in 1933, the 20th Amendment to our constitution went into effect. That's the one that moved up Inauguration Day from March, to January. It's also called the "oh, let's just get this over with" amendment.
In 1952, Britain's King George VI died and was succeeded to the throne by his daughter, Elizabeth II. If you want to know anything more, Watch "The Crown." She's been Queen of England for 66 years.
On this date in 1968, Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower shot a hole in one. A secret service agent threw himself on the hole out of habit. It would be years later when former Vice President Dick Cheney was out hunting with an attorney that he also shot a hole in one.
In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepherd hit three golf balls on the moon.
That may sound impressive, but you should know it was in a par 2 crater.
And that was just to get out of the sand crater.
That sounds like a big deal, but the moon was par 2, so he was one over.
On this date in 1986, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,600 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,600.69. Isn't that something? A one-time high is now just a bad day today.