ON THIS DAY
In 1662, Connecticut was chartered as an English colony and a future women's basketball dynasty. This followed a very successful campaign, with the slogan, "Yes, U Conn."
On this date in 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife Martha move into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City. Unfortunately for the Franklins, that meant they had to move out.
It was on this date in 1896, the "Vitascope" system for projecting movies onto a screen is demonstrated at a music hall in New York City. It was a combination movie projector and juicer, which was great for getting your vitamins, but you couldn't hear the movies.
In 1954, Hank Aaron hit his first home fun. 754 later, he finally stopped. Or, a teammate yelled out, "Dare ya to hit 754 more of those!" and the rest is history.
On this date in 1985, Coca Cola announced that it was changing it's formula and "New Coke" was born. This is a great day for bad ideas. Of course, this inspired the popular phrase, "What the hell were we thinking?" The person who coined the phrase "There are no bad ideas" was fired.
In 1988, a federal ban on smoking on airplanes went into effect in the U.S. To be fair, prior to that, planes were divided into smoking and non-smoking sections, as if they could control the drifting smoke.