Today in Hystery May 8th

On this day in 1877, the first Westminster Dog Show was held in New York City. Back in 1877, they didn’t have all the various dog breeds we have today. No Cockapoos, no Pomapoos, no Yorkipoos. If they keep making all these hybrid dogs, down the road somebody’s bound to cross a chicken with a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle and create a Cocka-Doodle-Poo. That would be a great pet to own, plus, you’d get eggs.

On this day in 1885, a woman named Sarah Ann Henley survived a 250 leap off the Clifton Bridge in Avon, England. At the time, people said she survived the suicide leap because her dress opened up like a parachute. I guess it would be like Mary Poppins, except that Sarah Ann wasn’t singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

On this day in 1886, Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sold the first bottle of Coca Cola, which, in those days, actually contained cocaine. My question is, did they drink it or just let the bubbles go up their nose?

On this day in 1906, American desperado Bill Miner held up a CPR train in Kamloops, B.C., but got only $15. It was Canada’s first train robbery and there weren’t many more, after all, why go through all that for 15 bucks? The film “The Grey Fox” is based on the story and here’s an amazing coincidence; Bill Miner only got $15 robbing the train and when the movie opened in theatres that is exactly how much it cost you to buy a medium popcorn and a large drink. Spooky, eh?

On this day in 1987, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the one-dollar coin to replace Canada’s paper dollar. People in other countries have wondered why it is called the Loonie. They wonder; was it named after a prime minister who held séances with his dead dog? Was it named after a Hockey Night in Canada commentator who wears clown suits? Well, good guesses but, no, the coin has a loon on one side and there you have it…although I’m getting fonder of the HNIC commentator idea.

If your birthday is May 8th, you share it with singer Toni Tennille who was born on this day in 1940. She became famous singing hit songs as “The Captain and Tennille”. One of my favouriote stories is when Queen Elizabeth was visiting the Whitehouse in 1976, the Captain and Tennille were the entertainment and they sang “Muskrat Love”. When the song ended, everyone applauded except the Queen who later explained that she did not like a song about rodents having sex. Put her down as not amused.

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