Today in Hystery February 1st

   On this day in 1327, teenager Edward the 3rd was crowned the King of England. He was only 14 years old at the time so his first speech was a little awkward, “So, like the chancellor comes up to me and I’m like, what’s goin’ on? And he goes, well the black death is killing, like, thousands of people, so you should, you know, do something? And I’m like, why?” Anyway, he overcame all his teenage angst and became one of the greatest kings in England, proving that teenagers, though they seem dumb as hammers, sometimes grow up to be okay.

   On this day in 1796, the capital of Upper Canada was moved from Newark to York which is now Toronto. Newark, by the way is now what is known as Niagara-on-the-lake, not the New Jersey Newark. Interesting, isn’t it that so many places back then were eager to call themselves Newark? Like it was a great name or something.

   On this day in 1840, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery opened, making it the first college of dental surgery incorporated in America. Remember, though, it was 1840, so the dental surgeon’s question was “Okay, Mr. Smith, we can give you a whole new set of teeth. Would you prefer cedar or alder?”

   On this day in 1918, Russia became one of the last countries to change over when they adopted the Gregorian Calendar, and, just like that, it suddenly became February 14th, leaving everyone who had a birthday between February 2nd and 13th really, really pissed off.  This was where the old Russian expression became famous, “Where did the time go?”

   On this day in 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially came into being. Actually, they’d been around since the 1870s, but they had been called the Royal North-West Mounted Police. They also changed their motto. The new motto became, “The Mounties always get their man.” The old motto was “The Mounties always got to Manitoba”.

   On this day in 1951, the first telecast of a Nevada atomic explosion was shown. Viewers loved it. A man in Nevada wrote, “I was blown away!”

   If your birthday is February 1st, you share it with actor Clark Gable who was born on this day in 1901. “Gone with the Wind” is one of the greatest movies of all time, but, thanks to Clark Gable, it was a great day for cussers everywhere, because of Clark’s line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”  These days, “Gone with the Wind” is rated ‘G’ for family viewing.

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