On this date in 1755. George Washington planted pecan trees given to him by Thomas Jefferson. They came along with a nice note that says, "Hey George -- nuts to you!!"

In 1845, a patent was awarded for adhesive medicated plaster. That was back in the days before band aids. So, if you got injured, you'd say, "I need to get plastered!" Actually, I still say that. This was nearly a century before the invention of the Ouchless Band-Aid.

On this date in In 1857, Frederick Laggenheim took the first photograph of a solar eclipse. It made for the weirdest Christmas card ever.

In 1872, a patent was given for a new invention: the fire extinguisher.
Isn't that called "water?"
The problem was, it only worked on the first fire. Not the second, not the third.
The best way to sell a lot of those at one time and fast: a fire sale.
No surprise how the inventor extinguished those candles on the cake.

On this date in 1885, the Eastman Film Company developed the first motion picture film. Well, they didn't develop it... they made it... it was shot and then it was developed.

In 1934, driving tests were introduced in Britain. You'd think after all this time, they'd finally figure out the right side of the road.

On this date in 1937, the spinach growers of Crystal City, TX, erected a 6-foot-tall concrete statue of Popeye. It was strong to the finish and the finish was Olive Oil, in case you were wondering.

In 1950, South Dakota received an all-time record amount of snowfall: 38 inches in 24 hours.
Kids were able to go outside and make 3-D snow angels.
There was so much snow, you had to dig down 10-feet just to clear your roof!
It happened so quickly, most farmers say that day, that the cows all gave ice cream instead of milk.

On this date in 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine against polio... to which his boss said, "No, I said 'Polo'!"


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