Posted by: bkivey | 4 March 2011

Today in History

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!”


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