Today in Hystery April 4th

On this day in 1460, the University of Basel in Switzerland opened it’s doors for the first time. Students were impressed, especially the way the University of Basel smelled like a Bocconcini salad.

On this day in 1581, Francis Drake, the English sea captain, navigator, slaver, renowned pirate, and a politician of the Elizabethan era, was given his knighthood. Outside of ‘navigator’ he was involved in pretty much all the worst professions in the world. Sounds like a fitting candidate for knighthood to me.

On this day in 1828, Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam patented chocolate milk powder. Of course, there is no Nobel Prize for Flavoured Drinks so that’s why you’ve never heard of Casparus. He was working on the 20 ounce Slushy when he died.

On this day in 1902, after the death of Cecil Rhodes, the man who started the de Beers Diamond Company amongst other things, his estate funded the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. There’ve been many famous Rhodes scholars since then, singer Kris Kristofferson, TV commentator George Stephanopoulos, basketball star and senator Bill Bradley, President Bill Clinton. I’ve been through the lists of Rhodes scholars but nowhere can I find Sarah Palin.

On this day in 1929, the first American Athletic Union Greco-Roman wrestling championships were held. I’ve never been a big fan of Greco-Roman wrestling, or as it’s known by some guys…foreplay.

On this day in 1967, a new Dutch government came to power led by Prime Minister de Jong. It was a close race between de Jong and de Restless.

On this day in 1972, the first electric power plant fueled by garbage began operating. Pretty soon lots of things were fueled by garbage, I mean where would television be today without it?

On this day in 1992, John Tesh of Entertainment Tonight married actress Connie Selleca. I believe his wedding vows went like this, “I John Tesh take thee Connie Selleca to be my lawfully wedded wife, and only we can tell you what else I’ll be promising. Coming up after the break.”

If your birthday is April 4th, you share it with actor Anthony Perkins who was born on this day in 1932. Nobody could forget the movie that made him famous; 1960’s “Psycho”. That was the movie that stopped women from taking showers for many, many years. They put aside body odour in favour of not being stabbed to death through a plastic shower curtain. By now it’s not a Spoiler Alert, Anthony Perkins did it.

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