On this date in 1702, the very first London newspaper was published.
Up until that time, Londoners rarely had something thrown on their roof or in the rose bushes.
In no time at all, newsboys stood on street corners, yelling, "Read all about it! Illiteracy rate in London at an all-time high!"
Before the ink was dry, it was on the roof of the paper's first subscriber.

In 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was created. Then it was just a matter of sitting back and waiting for them to have affairs.

On this date in 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" hit the northeast, despite the fact we weren't dealing with global warming yet.

On this date in 1892, the very first public game of basketball was played. Who knew it was ever a private game?
Until then, they were private affairs, by appointment only.
One of the first comments made was, "So that's what happened to my peach baskets!"
Yes, it was a much different game back then. Peach baskets instead of nets, long baggy shorts, only one girlfriend in the stands.
Apparently, up until then, it was all pay-per-view.
Back then, when the game was new, the last two minutes of the game actually took only two minutes.

On this date in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur issued his famous words, "I shall return." And, a month later, he brought that library book back, as promised. He spoke them while at a video store when the clerk asked, "Are you going to return this movie?"

In 1988, Gary Hart withdrew -- for the second time -- from the 1988 Democratic presidential race. He started getting good at it.

In 1993, Janet Reno was confirmed as our country's first female attorney general. Yes, it was that recent.


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