Today in Hystery February 19th

On this day in 356, Emperor Constantius the Second shut all the heathen temples in Italy. It was a sad day for heathen worshippers…no more singing those great heathen hymns like “Onward Heathen Soldiers” or “What a Friend We Have in Venus”. Good tunes, for sure.

On this day in 1864, the Knights of Pythias formed their first lodge in Washington, D.C. They still exist today throughout North America, although why a man would join a group where you had to keep saying ‘Pythias’ over and over again, I’ll never know.

On this day in 1878, Thomas Alva Edison patented the gramophone, which became the phonograph, which became the record player, which became extinct.

On this day in 1906, W.K. Kellogg and Charles Bolin started the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. Corn flakes were actually created earlier than that by some Seventh Day Adventists trying to create a food that would fit their strict vegetarian diet. So, really, when they stand on the street corners in the morning shouldn’t they be handing out a magazine that says, “Awake…to a Healthy Breakfast?”

On this day in 1913, the first prize was inserted into a Cracker Jack box. Gee, I wonder if the Cracker Jack prizes back then were as awesome as they are today?

On this day in 1945, 900 Japanese soldiers were, reportedly, killed by crocodiles in two days. So, humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy sushi.

On this day in 1969, the first test flight of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet took place. I’ve flown on 747s quite a few times. Once I got to sit upstairs, the other times I sat in the basement.

On this day in 1985, Mickey Mouse was welcomed in China. Next, the Chinese were asked if they’d like to meet Goofy but they said Nixon had already been there.

On this day in 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan lifted the trade boycott against Poland, which was a great relief for an American public desperate for some pickles.

On this day in 1994, a golfer named Marta Figueras-Dotti won the “Cup o’ Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open” Corporate sponsorship is the bread and butter of professional sports these days, but, really, there are some companies that shouldn’t sponsor stuff…the “Cup o’ Noodles Ladies Golf Open” would be one, or how about the “Porta Potty Hole-in-One Prize”

If your birthday is February 19th, you share it with the British Royal Family’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. He used to be married to Sarah Ferguson, but they went their separate ways. He continued on as a rich member of the Royal Family and she went on to lose some weight.

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