On this date in 1798, The U.S. Navy was established. Everybody sing: "Anchors a weigh, a ton, anchors a weigh..."

It was on this date in 1789, George Washington was sworn in as our first-ever president.
And all we gave him was a dollar and a quarter and a monument that doesn't even look like him.
Think about it -- he had to be president and didn't have a predecessor to blame everything on.
His famous quote: "Finally, now, maybe we can get a national holiday in February."
His goal was to lead this new nation into the future and to some day, appear on it's money.
He really had the toughest job as president -- he had no predecessor to blame for all of his problems.

In 1904, the ice cream cone made it's world debut.
Several newspapers got the scoop.
It gave both Baskin and Robbins a great idea.
And we don't get this day off as a holiday. Go figure.

On this date in 1939, NBC demonstrated television for the first time to the public at the New York World's Fair. Most reaction was the same: "What a great idea -- I could come home after work every night and just watch that!"

In 1952, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy ever advertised on TV. After only a couple of days, they dropped their slogan, "This Spud's For You!"


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