On this date in 1704, the very first edition of an American newspaper, the Boston News Letter, was published for the first time. Today also marked the first time it was accidentally thrown on someone's roof.

In 1800, Congress authorizes the creation of the Library of Congress, just so the librarian could tell a few of them, "Shhhhhhhhhhh!"

On this date in 1833, the soda fountain was patented by a couple of jerks, Jacob Ebert and George Dulty. The trick had been making the soda wasn't too shaken up, or the foam would go all over the fountain.

In 1888, the very first Kodak camera hit the market.
I'm sure, at the time, they had no idea that Alexander Graham Bell's device would one day make the Kodak camera obsolete.
Up until then, the phrase, "Why don't you just take a picture?" didn't make sense.
Everyone was excited to see what developed.

On this date in 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become the first to travel across the U.S. by car. Back then, it took 32 days to cross the country by car, just slightly faster than walking. Jacob also set the world record for being the most stubborn man never to ask for directions.

In 1913, the Woolworth Building opened up in New York City, at the corner of 5 and 10.

On this date in 1953, British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. I remember when that happened. Oh, wait. No, I was watching "The Crown." Never mind.

In 1961, President Kennedy accepted full responsibility for the Bay of Pigs fiasco. And everything was swine.


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