I feel lazy today so I’m just going to pull some stuff off the ‘Today in History!’ site (link on right) and make snarky comments.
1789 – 1st Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)
And I bet both parties showed up.
1792 – Oranges introduced to Hawaii
Given Hawai’i’s tropical abundance, this has the feeling of “Ice introduced to Inuit.”
1793 – Washington’s 2nd inauguration, shortest speech (133 words)
Brevity is the soul of wit. A model for others.
1837 – City of Chicago incorporates
Including, I shouldn’t wonder, a number of cemeteries.
1841 – Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
See George Washington, above.
1849 – US had no president, Polks term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn’t be sworn-in, Sen David Atchison (pres pro tem) term ended Mar 3rd
Al Haig couldn’t be reached for comment.
1865 – Confederate congress approves final design of “official flag”
Confederacy ceases to exist two months later.
1930 – Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
There was a moment of silence.
1959 – US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
An extreme case of self-esteem building. “Hey, you completely missed the mark in your stated mission. But look! You’re the first U.S. ‘artificial planet’! So Pluto can’t be a planet but a 15-pound artificial satellite can?
1966 – North Sea Gas was 1st pumped ashore by BP
Who knew that they were practicing for a future where they’d accomplish the same thing without the expense of those pesky pipelines.
1970 – Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
Chant not heard from opposing fans: “Defense!”