John Deere, the inventor of the steel plow, was born on this date in 1804.
While a successful businessman, his employees always felt hen-pecked. It seemed like they spent most of their days saying, "Yes, Deere. Yes, Deere."
While a creative person, he spent most of his life depressed. Hey, you would be, too, if all you ever got in the mail were "Dear John Deere" letters.

In 1882 that the very last bare knuckle fight too place, when champion John L. Sullivan knocked out Paddy Ryan in Mississippi.
To give you an idea of how strong John L. Sullivan's punch was, the fight was actually held in Alabama.
Fortunately, we've evolved since those times and instead of calling them bare knuckle fights, we have rebranded them as "Ultimate Fighting."

On this date in 1931, Aviator Amelia Earhart married publisher George P. Putnam. Hopefully, his wedding gift to her was flight insurance.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
I believe it was all white, with a giant number 2 on it.
It looked very spiffy on the back on his bike.
It allowed him to go out and join the rest of the cabinet in a flag football game.

On this day in 1940, that the Disney movie, "Pinocchio," made its world debut.
Not many people know that when he grew up, Pinocchio started doing adult films, including his classic, "Pinocchio and the Notty Pine."
It was all about a puppet-like creature that had problems with his nose when he lied. Oh, I'm sorry. No, that's (celebrity liar).
It's the story of a puppet that wanted to be a real boy and who's nose grew whenever he told a lie, which explains why he didn't get into politics.

On this date in 1943, during World War II, the U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year. My wife would have gone to war.

In 1965, the U.S. began regular bombing of North Vietnam. Until then, it was only on special occasions.

On this date in 1971, women in Switzerland were given the right to vote. Finally, they could share the blame. You can only be neutral on that one so long.


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