On this date in 1592, the very first children's book was written. Of course, since most children couldn't read at that time, sales were awful.

In 1797, Nathan Briggs of New Hampshire received a patent for the washing machine.
Now, people just had to wait for electricity to be discovered.
He got the idea while having a whirlpool of ideas while eating a Maytag salad.
The amazing device that attracts college kids home for the weekend.
He had help from his best friend, Spin Dry.
Up until that time, most women washed their men's shirts by pounding them with rocks... usually, while they were wearing them.

On this date in 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. However, no charges were filed against his wife, Ivanka.

In 1866, the very first ambulance began service. At last, lawyers everywhere had something to chase. Lots of people were very excited... although, most of them were lawyers.

On this date in 1867, the U.S. began the official purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million. The Secretary of State said, "My only hope is that some day, someone won't say I can see Russia from my front porch!"

In 1881, "The Greatest Show On Earth" was formed by P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey. At first, they were quite organized. But in time, it just turned into a circus. It held that title until the fight broke out between the president and Kellyanne Conway's husband.

On this date in 1925, Nebraska adopted their official state flag. Shhh: it doesn't know it's adopted. Actually, by having an official state flag, it forced them to get a new state song and replace the old one, "You're a grand old pole."

Constantinople changed its name to Istanbul in 1930, so they could fit the country's name on t-shirts.

On this date in 1980, the Prime Interest Rate hits 19.5%. Even loan sharks were saying, "Oh, come on!"


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