On this date in 1789, President-elect Washington left Mt. Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York. Think of how much shorter the trip would have been if we had already moved the capitol to Washington, DC. Then again, at that time, it would have only been known as DC.

In 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to ever fly across the English Channel. She was also the very first woman to have her luggage accidentally go on to Cleveland.

On this date in 1922, Annie Oakley hit 100 clay targets in a row at Pinehurst, NC.
Of course, the store owner said, "All right, lady, you're going to pay for those!"
Unfortunately, it wasn't with her gun, it was while driving.
Why they were stacked in front of her horse and buggy, we'll never know... but she hit 'em good.

On this date in 1929, the New York Yankees became the first team in baseball to put numbers on their uniforms.
Obviously, Babe Ruth was third in line.
On that same day, Babe Ruth uttered his immortal words, "Do these pinstripes make me look fat?"
No longer did the manager have to yell out, "Hey, you!"

In 1935, "Fibber Magee and Molly" debuted on radio. It was the show where you never knew what was going to come out of the closet. It was like the "Ellen" show.

On this date in 1940, the Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller pitched a no-hitter on opening day of the American League season, beating the Chicago White Sox, 1-0. Can you believe that? The baseball season didn't start until mid-April?

It was on this date in 1956, solar-powered radios went on sale.
If only they hadn't gone on sale at night.
The inventor said, "I'd like to dedicate this next song to my sun."
Imagine their disappointment when they went to listen to their first night-time radio show.
Or, as they call them in Seattle, door stops.

In 1972, two giant pandas, Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, arrived in the U.S. at the National Zoo from China. After the zoo, they went for lunch and then took in a movie.

"The great one," Wayne Gretzky, retired from hockey on this date in 1999, to enjoy a relaxing, less-stressful life... and a smokin' hot wife.


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