On this date in 1743, the very first recorded town meeting in America took place at Boston's Faneuil Hall. Huh, I had no idea they had recorders that long ago.

In 1794, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, which paved the way for the cotton martini.

On this date in 1903, the very first national bird reservation was made in Florida. I wonder why they don't let you reserve birds anymore?

In 1923, President Warren Harding becomes the first U.S. president to file an income tax return. And as you know, Barrack Obama was the last.

On this date in 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Having committed the crime on national TV made the jury's job pretty easy.

In 1968, the last episode of the TV show, "Batman" aired. Holy cancellation!

On this date in 1972, Burt Reynolds became the first nude male centerfold. They had to be really careful where they put the staples in that issue.

In 1986, Robert McDonald set the world record for going without sleep at 453 hours, 40 minutes -- that's 19 days!
We would call and congratulate him, but he's still not up yet.
Robert's final words before going to sleep: "That's it! I'm switching to decaf!"
Starbucks stock went up 20% during that stretch.


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