ON THIS DAY in 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII died. Guess how.
WRONG! She actually outlived ALL of Henry’s wives and died of natural causes. Go Anne.
Born ON THIS DAY in 1889 was “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the first Hobbit Baseball player. Due to the nature of Hobbit feet (hairy on top, leathery on the bottom), Joe had no need for shoes.
So, in my research for this one, I discovered that “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was named as such because he took his shoes off during a game one time. That’s it, that’s the whole story.
ON THIS DAY in 1935, the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City, OK. The original cost was 1 hour of parking for a nickel, slathered in precious honey. The honey helped lubricate the complex proto-meters and was also seen as a valuable currency in Oklahoma, as it is to this day.
Born ON THIS DAY in 1958 was notable wind elemental, Michael Flatley.
ON THIS DAY in 1979, 135 pilot whales beached themselves at Point Au Gaul, Newfoundland and Labrador. When asked why, a spokes-whale said, “We are all just so over it.”