On this date in 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh was released from the Tower of London.
I'm no history expert, but I believe that was an attraction at Disneyland: London.
After getting everyone hooked on cigarettes.
Ironically, the Tower was non-smoking.
Oh, sure, let the guy who introduced us to cigarettes, walk.

In 1760, the "Great Fire of Boston" burned down 349 buildings. Technically speaking, Boston has had six "Great Fires", with the biggest being in 1872. It's like there's a competition.

It was on this day in 1815, Napoleon entered Paris. I think I've seen that video on the Internet.

On this date in 1885, John Matzeliger patented the shoe lacing machine. Oh, for Pete's sake, how lazy can you be if you have to have a machine tie your shoes? Oh, for manufacturing shoes? Never mind.
Ironically, because he was such a loafer.
Because, heaven forbid, we'd have to bend over and lace our own shoes.
It was for those who can't reach there anymore.
It was for the truly lazy person who has everything.
How lazy can you get? Besides, may I say the word, "loafers?"

In 1899, a woman was executed in an electric chair for the very first time. It was like getting a permanent perm.

It was on this date in 1942 that General Douglas MacArthur vowed, "I shall return." Seemed a little over dramatic, just to go to the restroom, but he did return.

On this date in 1963, the very first "Pop Art" exhibition took place in New York City. Soon, there was a cry for equal treatment and a Mom Art exhibit went up.

In 1988, an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA, caught the kite string of 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig, lifting her 10 feet in the air and carrying her 100 feet before she let go. That would be a great "where are they now?" story. My guess is, NOT flying a kite.


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