Today in Hystery May 23rd

On this day in 1533, the infamous King Henry the 8th, declared the marriage between him and Catherine of Aragon was null & void. The Pope disagreed and so Henry started his own church. Catherine of Aragon died in 1535, but unlike some of Henry’s wives, she still had her head on.

On this day in 1785, Benjamin Franklin announced that he had invented bifocals. The man was a genius. He invented the lightening rod, he invented the iron stove, he invented the odometer, although some people are wrong thinking that he invented Tic Tacs. The Franklin Mint has nothing to do with bad breath.

On this day in 1873, Canada’s North West Mounted Police Force formed. They were very effective working against all the bad guys in Canada’s Northwest. For example, when the Mounties spotted a mad trapper in the bush, they would form up all their horses in a line and charge at the map trapper with their lances pointed at him and, of course, with a nearby band playing “The Maple Leaf Forever”. Most mad trappers just dropped their pelts and ran, and who could blame them?

On this day in 1886, Canadian Pacific Railway Engine 374, steamed into the new West Coast terminal at Vancouver Harbour, hauling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train. Folks from Ontario climbed down, looked around and said, “So, what’s so special about this place?” And the Vancouver mayor replied, “Well, if the rain ever stops, we’ve got some pretty attractive mountains to look at.”

On this day in 1903, the first automobile trip started out to go across the United States from San Francisco to New York. Think about it! It was 1903. Imagine your shock when you saw the sign that said, “Check your fuel. No service for the next 2900 miles.”

On this day in 1971, the rock group Iron Butterfly disbanded. I’m not sure why the band broke up, but I would think it was because they got fed up with people asking them, “What does “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” mean?” And, apparently, it is what it sounds like when you try to say “The Garden of Eden” but you are totally ripped. I wonder if they were the guys who wrote the lyrics to “Louie Louie”?

If your birthday is May 23rd…hang on a second, I’ll take “Winningest TV game show contestants for 800, Alex”. “Okay, he won over $3,172,000.00 on “Jeopardy”. Uh, who is Ken Jennings? “You are right and he was born on May 23rd, 1974.

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