Today in Hystery March 28th

On this day in 845, Paris was sacked by the Vikings, who were led by Ragnar Lodbrok. A couple of things here; first of all, who is Ragnar Lodbrok? If he was the leader of the group that sacked Paris, I don’t ever recall him as a linebacker in a Vikings uniform. In fact, I don’t ever recall an NFL quarterback named Paris, but it says that Paris was sacked by Lodbrok and the Vikings so who can argue with the NFL?

On this day in 1794, the Louvre opened to the public in Paris. Boy! That’s two mentions of Paris so far. I wonder if it’s the city and not the quarterback. Oh, well! The key thing here is that when you talk about the Louvre; make sure you don’t pronounce the last two letters, ‘re’. The correct pronunciation is, “I am off to visit the ‘loo…ff’.” In Paris, they’ll assume you’ll be visiting the art museum. In London, they’ll assume you’ll be back after a quick whiz.

On this day in 1797, Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine. I can’t imagine what a washing machine in 1797 looked like, but I’m going to guess that there were no buttons that allowed you to add dryer sheets, and I’m betting that the spin cycle involved a number of slaves with strong wrists.

On this day in 1866, the first ambulance went into service in the U.S.  It also marked the first day that an ambulance was followed by some lawyers on horseback.

On this day in 1990, Michael Jordan scored 69 points in a basketball game. This was the fourth time that he had scored 60 or more points in a game. Let’s face it, nobody scored like MJ, or played basketball as well.

If your birthday is March 28th, you share it with NHL hockey player Jeff Beukeboom who was born on this day in 1965. Jeff was born in the town of Ajax, Ontario, which is best known for the mine there which supplies the entire world with the foaming cleanser so vital to floating dirt right down the drain. It was Jeff’s constant use of the foaming cleanser that make him work so hard as a hockey player that he made it to the big leagues. Try it yourself. Soak generously, add a little Ajax, and…just like that…the dirt floats right down the drain.

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