ON THIS DAY
In 1519, Cortez landed in Mexico.
That was so long ago, it was back before they spoke Spanish in Mexico.
I don't exactly what the natives said when he landed, but loosely translated, it was something like, "Well, there goes the neighborhood!"
Mexico is not quite the resort area it is today. Unfortunately, his luggage had been sent to Bolivia.
On this day in 1639, Harvard University is named for clergyman John Harvard. It was this close to being John University.
In 1781, the planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
So apparently, he gets credit for that name.
Talk about a tough job -- selling the idea of calling this new planet Uranus. * Let that be a lesson: never discover a new planet when you're feuding with your landlord. If you are, then those are the kinds of names that come to mind.
On this day in 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began... after that unfortunate incident with a young White House intern, Harriet Lewinsky.
In 1877, Maine teenager Chester Greenwood patented the earmuffs. When someone said, "Congratulations!" Chester replied, "What?" He said it was to keep his ears warm, but really to muffle the sound of his parents.
On this date in 1884, standard time was adopted in the United States. Oh-Oh... I'm not sure if it knew it was adopted. Ironically, just in time to make the switch to Daylight Saving Time.