On this day in 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act which was pretty dumb because it would lead to the Boston Tea Party, which would lead to the American Revolution, which would lead to the American Tea Party which is pretty dumb, so, you see, what goes around comes around.
On this day in 1805, U.S. Marines attacked the shores of Tripoli not long after leaving the Halls of Montezuma…hey! I feel a song coming on.
On this day in 1813, during the War of 1812, an American army under General Pike attacked and captured the city of Toronto. The British army wasn’t able to escape fast enough because, naturally, the Gardiner Expressway was closed that weekend (Toronto joke).
On this day in 1897, Grant’s Tomb was dedicated in Manhattan, New York City. Speaking of the American Tea Party, this is the trick question you must answer in order to become a member of the party; who is buried in Grant’s Tomb? Well over 60% get it right.
On this day in 1933, American physicist Karl Jansky reported receiving cosmic radio signals coming from the Milky Way. Many people laughed him at, but after bags of Reese’s Pieces started to go missing from people’s homes, they changed their minds.
On this day in 1953, wrestler Freddie Blassie coined the term “Pencil neck geek”, just a small part of the enormous contribution that wrestlers have made to our lives.
On this day in 1962, playwright Arnold Wesker’s production of “Chips with Everything” premiered in London. It’s a play that perfectly answers the question; give me an example of English cuisine.
On this day in 1994, U.S. President Nixon was buried in the Nixon Library in California, Aisle 7, row 4, right between “All the President’s Men and Dostoyevsky‘s “Crime and Punishment”. However, you cannot borrow the body.
If your birthday is April 27th, you share it with one of the greatest DJs of all time, Casey Kasem who was born on this day in 1932. Besides being the guy who started “The American Top 40” radio show, he was also the voice of Shaggy on “Scooby-doo”. Happy Birthday to “The Voice”!
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