Thursday, July 30, 2009

On this day in 1793, Toronto was founded. Toronto’s one of the most racially diverse cities in the world… While driving in rush hour, you can be sworn at in languages you don’t even recognize.

On this day in 1947, the current governor of California was born Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger… Some say his ID bracelet went around his wrist three times.

On this day in 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared… It’s rumoured that he got into a ground-level position in construction… Specifically, in the concrete foundation at the Meadowlands.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On this day in 1858, fingerprints were 1st used as a means of identification… Some say it’s amazing that every fingerprint is different, while so many Bruce Willis movies are so similar.

On this day in 1933, the 1st singing telegram was delivered to Rudy Vallee in NYC… It’s rumored that in Las Vegas you can get a singing mammogram.

On this day in 1786, Sir Thomas Harriot brought the 1st potatoes to Britain… Without them, McDonalds employees would ask “Would you like napkins with that?”

Monday, July 27, 2009

On this day in 1586, Sir Walter Raleigh brought the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia… Apparently before that, British couples had tea after making love.

On this day in 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor began a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer… The scariest thing for her was the possibility of wearing the same outfit as other inmates.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

On this day in 1979, an estimated 43” of rain fell in Alvin, TX. That set a national record… Although Seattle demanded a recount.

On this day in 1943, rock’n’roll legend Mick Jagger was born, and he looks great… Even though anybody looks young beside Keith Richards.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

On this day in 1946, the 1st bikini was shown at a Paris fashion show… And suddenly blue collar men were interested in fashion.

On this day in 1990, Roseanne Barr sang the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game… Marking the 1st time an error was committed before the game.

On this day in 1978, Louise Brown became the 1st test tube baby to be born… Some say her family portraits include a chemistry set.

Friday, July 24, 2009

On this day in 1951, Lynda Carter was born. She played Wonder Woman, a positive role model for girls growing up in the 70s… Unless they took the show literally, then they’d want to fight crime in a strapless top and metallic blue hotpants.

On this day in 1949, Michael Richards was born. He played Kramer on Seinfeld… He had so much energy in that role, he could have been the poster boy for de-caf.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

On this day in 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson… It went well, till the bridesmaids realized they were wearing the same shoes as Elton John.

On this day in 1973, President Nixon refused to turn over tapes and documents, and subpoenas were served at the White House… Under the Clinton administration, fajitas were served.

On this day in 1965, Slash was born. He’s the former guitarist for Guns N Roses, know for performing shirtless… Fans say he was doing it before Madonna was.

Thursday, July 22, 2009

On this day in 1948, Newfoundland chose to unite with Canada… Mainlanders thought it may introduce a 3rd official Canadian language, till they listened closely and discovered the Newfoundlanders were actually speaking English.

On this day in 1943, 70’s teen idol Bobby Sherman was born… They say he’s still looking great, with a few wrinkles in his dimples.

On this day in 1918, lightning killed 304 sheep in Utah’s Wasatch National Park… It was rumored that park rangers then quietly sent out for mint jelly.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

On this day in 1961, the first in-flight movie was shown… Thankfully everyone enjoyed it and nobody tried to walk out.

On this day in 1848, “Bloomers” were introduced to the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. They’re a garment named after Amelia Jenks Bloomer… Some say they make a lady look like the Michelin Man from the waist down.

On this day in 1869, alleged axe-murderess Lizzie Borden was born… Unfortunately for her, she lived in a time before Johnny Cochran.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

On this day in 1955, Disneyland opened. It was a make-believe world where fantasies could come true… Kind of like Washington, DC.

On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison recorded the human voice for the 1st time… Not realizing this technology would later fall into the wrong hands and result in Yoko Ono albums.

On this day in 1925, Hitler’s book Mein Kampf was published… Suddenly, Stephen King doesn’t seem so scary.

Friday, July 17, 2009

On this day in 1917, comedian Phyllis Diller was born… She made a standup comedy career complaining about her husband Fang… Although if you marry a guy called Fang you can expect some trouble.

On this day in 1952, David Hasselhoff was born… Trivia: His car costar on Knight Rider had just a little less bodywork done than his costars on Baywatch.

On this day in 1938, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan left New York for L.A. but wound up in Ireland… They say he landed fine, but hurt himself on the rocks while trying to surf.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

On this day in 1935, the first automatic parking meter in the US was installed in Oklahoma City… It wasn’t free, but for car dates it was still cheaper than the drive-in.

On this day in 1988, Wayne and Janet Gretzky were married… And for the anniversary, Wayne’s promised Janet not to do a product endorsement all day.

On this day in 1943, kissing was banned in England… Apparently law abiding lovers needing a fix had to go to France… Most preferred French kissing anyway.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On this day in 1869, margarine was patented in Paris… About a century later, France would love Jerry Lewis… Ironically, some say he used margarine as a hair dressing.

On this day in 1946, Linda Ronstadt was born. She had a hit with Silver Threads And Golden NeedlesWhich is what’s used to sew Shania Twain into her video costumes.

On this day in 1968, the TV soap One Life To Live premiered… They say Shirley MacLaine predicted it wouldn’t last because it was too far-fetched.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On this day in 1823, the king and queen of Hawaii died of measles during a visit to Britain… The truly unbelievable part of this sad story is that they lived in Hawaii, but vacationed in England.

On this day in 1987, Oliver North concluded 6 days of Congressional testimony… It threatened daytime soaps not only because it preempted them… Some said the acting was better.

On this day in 1913, President Gerald Ford was born… Political analysts on the other side of The Cold War agreed his most serious threat was his golf swing.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

On this day in 1933, a US industrial code was established to fix a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour… But you have to remember back then, you could buy a politician for $7.65.

On this day in 1874, the Ontario Agricultural College was founded… In the 1970’s, many graduates showed off by growing crops in their closets.

On this day in 1949, Major League Baseball owners agreed to erect warning tracks before each fence… It was a good day for outfielders, but a bad day for blooper reels.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

On this day in 1979, the orbiting laboratory Skylab plunged to earth… Marking the 1st time in history that office furniture crashed with the computers.

On this day in 1812, the US invaded Canada at Windsor, Ontario… The Great White Northerners were so mad, they almost took down the “Welcome To Canada” sign.

On this day in 1987, a newly-born Yugoslavian boy was proclaimed to be the 5 billionth living inhabitant of Earth… Understandably, being the 5 billionth inhabitant of Earth, he had trouble buying it when Mr. Rogers told him “You’re special.”

Friday, July 10, 2009

On this day in 1958, Britain’s first parking meter was installed… To picture this, just imagine Prince Charles standing on a curb with someone putting a coin in his ear.

On this day in 1985, Coca-cola announced it would resume selling the old formula Coke. .. The guy who had the idea to change the most successful product in the history of marketing is still selling Coke, only now it’s one at a time at baseball games.

On this day in 1975, Cher divorced Greg Allman after just 10 days of marriage… For that marriage, the tuxedo was returned just barely before the groom was.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

On this day in 1958, Britain’s first parking meter was installed… To picture this, just imagine Prince Charles standing on a curb with someone putting a coin in his ear.

On this day in 1985, Coca-cola announced it would resume selling the old formula Coke. .. The guy who had the idea to change the most successful product in the history of marketing is still selling Coke, only now it’s one at a time at baseball games.

On this day in 1975, Cher divorced Greg Allman after just 10 days of marriage… For that marriage, the tuxedo was returned just barely before the groom was.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

On this day in 1974, Yankee short stop Jim Mason tied a record with 4 doubles in 9 innings… Although some New York fans have surpassed that during happy hour.

On this day in 1816, the Liberty Bell cracked again… Some say the Avon lady was sought for questioning.

On this day in 1839, John D. Rockefeller was born… He was so rich and powerful, if he was overheard ordering Baked Alaska, it affected real estate prices.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

On this day in 1982, Queen Elizabeth woke to a strange man sitting on her bed who asked for a cigarette… Some say that used to happen to Madonna almost every day.

On this day in 1927, former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen was born… Doc’s jacket was louder than his trumpet… He was offended when Ed McMahon laughed at his jacket, till someone pointed out that Ed laughed at everything.

On this day in 1990, Martina Navratilova won a record 9th Wimbledon singles title… Trivia: If you could spell Martina Navratilova while playing Scrabble, you could coast for the rest of the game.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

This day in 1876 marked the 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco… If Las Vegas had been developed before that, some say it would have been lit with June bugs in Mason jars.

On this day in 1881, Billy The Kid was shot… In those days, jury duty sometimes involved tying a noose.

On this day in 1829, Britain’s first regular bus service began… And on the 4th of July, that’s what they celebrate in Britain.

Friday, July 3, 2009

On this day in 1986, the Statue of Liberty was publicly honoured after its facelift… Many Hollywood divas like to keep that sort of thing quiet.

On this day in 1971, The Door’s singer Jim Morrison died. He sang Come On Baby, Light My FireWhich could have been an anthem for the bra burning movement.

On this day in 1608, Champlain founded the first European settlement on the site of what’s now Quebec... All the signs were in French in spite of nearby English settlements… Just like today.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded Hound Dog and Don’t Be CruelThey say he was scheduled to record Jailhouse Rock too, but his pelvis was getting tired.

On this day in 1964 baseball star Jose Canseco was born… If you don’t remember him, imagine “Jethro Bodine” of The Beverly Hillbillies as a power hitter.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

On this day in 1977 Liv Tyler was born. Her father Stephen Tyler is the lead singer in Aerosmith… Liv was one of the first teenagers to ask her father to turn the rock music down.

On this day in 1867, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec formed the Dominion of Canada. Happy Canada Day to Canadians… Happy Wednesday to the Bloc Quebecois.

On this day in 1967, Pamela Anderson was born. Female Baywatch fans admired Pamela’s makeup and hairstyle… Male Baywatch fans weren’t aware Pamela had makeup and hairstyle.