Friday, March 18, 2011

Rant #466: Today's History Lesson

I haven't ever done this before, but since there really isn't much happening today that I want to comment on directly, I thought I would look at "Today in History" and give everyone--including myself--a history lesson on what went on today through the years.

And yes, there will be a test later on this material.

1766: Britain Repealed the Stamp Act 0f 1765: I wish they would repeal the current Stamp Act, or whatever it is; it costs too much to send a letter through the mail nowadays.

1861: Sam Houston Stepped Down As Texas Governor: He refused to accept the state's decision to secede from the Union. If this would have happened, where would the illegal aliens be coming into our country from ... Oklahoma?

1910: The First Film of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" Was Released: And remember, Frankenstein is the doctor, and his creation is "The Monster." Why do people always forget that?

1911: "Alexander's Ragtime Band," Irving Berlin's First Major Hit Song, Was Published: Little did anyone know that this good Jewish boy would later write "White Christmas."

1931: Schick Introduces the First Electric Razor: Thank goodness for this! When I use a straight razor, I cut myself to shreds!

1940: Hitler and Mussolini Meet and Agree that Germany and Italy Will Join Forces To Fight France and England: Probably one of the dumbest moves in history. Italy later learned how dumb they really were.

1959: President Eisenhower Signed the Statehood Bill For Hawaii: Little did anyone know that this would be our last state to joint the union ... Guam anyone?

1965: Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov Makes the First Spacewalk: They are so routine now that it is like taking out your dog to make a poop.

1974: Most of the Arab Oil-Producing Nations Ended Their Embargo Against the United States: Don't you think we should have learned then that we should be looking for our own oil, and stop relying on these crazies to supply it to us? We didn't, and look at the predicament we're in.

2009: Actress Natasha Richardson Dies As a Result of a Freak Skiing Accident: A sad thing, but it happens; remember Sonny Bono? Another reason I will stay away from the slopes.

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