Today in Hystery February 6th

    On this day in 1837, the first play was performed in Ottawa, Ontario, which, back then, was called Bytown. The play was put on by soldiers of the British garrison. That garrison is now the site of the modern day parliament buildings. The play they performed was called “The Village Lawyer”.  It was a hilarious comedy performed by a lot of bad actors, much like what happens in that same spot today.

   On this day in 1911, the first old age home in America opened. No surprise where it was…Arizona! These days, North America has thousands of old age homes, except we don’t call them old age homes anymore. They’re called “Boomer Condos”.

   On this day in1918, Britain granted women the right to vote, just like men could, but the women had to be over 30 years of age. Those clever old Brits! They knew that women didn’t have enough wisdom to vote until they became 30, whereas an 18 year old man, well…they don’t come much wiser than that do they?

   On this day in 1952, Britain’s King George the 6th died in his sleep, and his daughter Elizabeth became Queen. Queen Elizabeth has now been on the throne for 60 years. The only person to have been on the throne longer than that was my Uncle Alec and he blamed it on the chilli.

   On this day in 1956, a new Chicago newspaper began daily publication called “The Daily Defender”. It didn’t make it past 2008 and I think I know one of the reasons why; the name. When people hear something is called the Daily Defender, they don’t think newspaper. They think, “Okay, the Daily Defender…is it a superhero? Is it a deodorant? Is it a protective cup for hockey goalies? Anyway, it’s still publishing today but just weekly, so now it’s the Weekly Defender. To me, that sounds like a weed killer.

   On this day in 1971, the first golf ball was hit on Moon. Astronaut Alan Shepard was the golfer and he used a six iron…always handy when you’re trying to hit out of a crater during the Sea of Tranquility Open. Shepard hit two shots that day. We know this because in a 1991 interview he says he “took two balls to the moon”. Well, didn’t they all?

   If your birthday is February 6th, you share it with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan who was born on this day in 1911. Some people say that actors are not the right sort to become president. I say, wrong! His greatest movie role was “Bedtime for Bonzo” where he had to work with a chimpanzee. Is there any better training for dealing with Congress than that?

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