ON THIS DAY
In 1621, the Mayflower set sail from the New World, heading home to England. Because so many of the colonists stayed behind, all the passengers had plenty of leg room... not just the folks in the emergency row seats. They left when one of the pilgrims thought they might have left the iron on.
On this date in 1649, Elihu Yale was born. He was the guy they named that famous school after, Elihu University.
In 1792, George Washington became the first American president to use a veto. His name was Vito Santoro and he used him to help move a couch.
On this date in 1909, Robert Peary became the first man to reach the North Pole. His dog was actually the very first to reach it.
In 1915, Jess Willard defeated Jack Johnson for the heavyweight crown. Let me say for starters, I had no idea that Jack Johnson was THAT old.
On this date in 1923, Firestone began making inflatable tires. Thus, paving the way for the invention of the flat. When the workers were asked how they felt after the first day, their response was, naturally, "tired."
In 1931, Fox Films dropped an actor they said just wasn't cutting it. Some guy named John Wayne. Seems funny, a company named Fox dropping an American idol like John Wayne.
On this date in 1965, "My Fair Lady" won the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same day, the movie "My Best Lady" won the award for the most Fair Picture.
In 1971, Fran Phillips became the first woman to reach the North Pole. She also became the first person to say "I think the pole would look much better over there."
Billionaire Howard Hughes died in 1972. I've never forgiven Uncle Howie for not mentioning me in his will.
On this date in 1987, on the brand-new FOX network, the network debuted their first-ever series. Remember which one? The "Tracey Ullman Show," which contained an animated segment called, "The Simpsons."