ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1514 that Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn, centuries before the first car was built.
He thought they were quite roomy and economical with a fairly smooth ride.
He said it was dirty and obviously had rings.
He wrote, "While it hasn't been invented yet, some day, it will be a nice car with great gas mileage and a decent warranty."
While the planet didn't look very familiar, it did have a nice ring to it.

In 1564 that a group of colonists landed at what became the first settlement in the new world called "Jamestown." What an amazing sight. To get off a ship and see a place without buildings, without roads, without taxes.

On this date in 1607, an expedition of English colonists, including Captain John Smith, went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the first permanent English settlement in the New World. A local chief supposedly remarked, "Well, there goes the neighborhood!"

John Audubon was born on this date back in 1785. Each of us become famous for one thing or other during our time on this earth and in John's case, life gave him the bird.

On this date in 1880, scuba gear was demonstrated for the very first time.
The guy doing the demonstration was a former boxer who was used to taking a dive.
Years later, once they felt it was safe, it was demonstrated in the water.
Although, there was a rude guy in the back of the room who kept snorkeling.

In 1961, Roger Maris hit the first of his record 61 home runs in a single season at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. And the asterisk was born!

On this date in 1983, the Dow Jones average broke 1200 for the first time. Now that's a good or bad day.

In 1993, comedy writer Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night" program. So he was a temporary replacement for both Letterman and Leno.

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