On this date in 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect in the United States, although sometimes, you wouldn't know it. They are the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In 1836, the patent office burned in Washington, DC. Obviously, no one had applied yet for a patent on a smoke detector. If only they had approved that patent for a fire extinguisher sooner.

It was on this day in 1854, the first mechanical street sweeper went into service. Too bad most of the roads back then were dirt.

On this date in 1859, G.R. Kirchoff described the chemical composition of the sun in his famous "Hot Stuff" dissertation.

In 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Finally, he had something to do with all his records.

On this date in 1939, Nylon Yarn was commercially manufactured for the first time... which of course paved the way for the development of the plastic sweater.

On this date in 1939, "Gone with the Wind" made it's debut in theaters. It was the inspiration for that famous line, "As God is my witness, I'll never order an extra-large Coke again."

In 1944 that Dwight Eisenhower became a five-star general. For those not familiar with military terms, that meant he was really spicy.

Davy Crockett premiered on television way back in 1954. The show -- which aired in five segments -- is considered TV's first mini-series. The show spawned the famous coonskin cap, although Crockett never wore one.


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