Today in Hystery January 14th

   On this day in 1129, the Pope gave formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes.  And so began the story of the Knights Templar. It must have been a magnificent scene, like something out of the movie “National Treasure”, except with better acting…and a better script…and without Nicholas Cage.

   On this day in 1301, King Andrew the Third of Hungary died, ending the Arpad Dynasty in Hungary. What was the Arpad Dynasty? Well, Arpads were the hottest thing back in 1301. If you didn’t carry around an Arpad, you were a nobody.

   On this day in 1514, Pope Leo the Tenth issued a papal bull against slavery. I’d best explain that a papal bull is a special letter sent out by the Pope, although, I’m rather fond of the idea that the Pope might send a bull out to chase people who kept slaves.

   On this day in 1916, the Dutch South Sea Dike cracked. It doesn’t say here how they handled it but I would have gone and rounded up every little boy in Holland who could use his fingers.

   On this day in 1952, the rationing of coffee ended in the Netherlands. Because of World War Two, the Dutch had to ration their coffee for 12 years. They handled the whole thing very calmly.

   On this day in 1956, Little Richard released his smash hit record “Tutti Frutti”. To this day, Little Richard has never explained what the chorus “Tutti Frutti, oh Rudy” means. Was it an insult to his friend Rudy who was a little, you know, tutti frutti? Or was he simply placing an order at the grocers for a lot of fruit. Sadly, we’ll never know.

   On this day in 1981, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which regulates American radio stations, allowed all radio stations to run as many commercials per hour as they wanted. We’ll bring you the reason for this decision right after this commercial break.

   On this day in 1989, a thousand Muslims burned Salman Rushdie’s’ book “Satanic Verses” in Bradford, England. How did Salman feel about it? Well, have you any idea of the royalties he received when a thousand Muslims bought his book in order to set it on fire? Salman wins!

   If your birthday is January 14th, you share it with CBS news correspondent and “60 Minutes” regular, Andy Rooney, who was born on this day in 1919. Because he did so many 60 Minutes episodes, I’m sure there was one where he said, “Have you ever noticed how some people like to read about which celebrities were born on this day in history? Why can’t they stop doing that?”

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