On This Day in 1773, the first public museum in America, the Charleston Museum, opened. It was a museum dedicated exclusively to dudes named Charles.
Born On This Day in 1930 was Tim Horton, purveyor of the best donuts and coffee on the fucking planet. O, and also he played hockey.
On This Day in 1966, Batman made its television debut, exposing Bruce Wayne’s filthy secrets once and for all.
On This Day in 1863, The first line of London’s Underground opened between Paddington bear and his lesser known brother, Farringdon.
Because the concept of pure sex needed human form, On This Day in 1945, Rod Stewart was born.
On This Day in 1949, noted grill enthusiast George Foreman was born.
On This Day in 1793, the first successful U.S. balloon flight was completed in Philadelphia, PA, by Jean Pierre Blanchard. I misread this as Balloon FIGHT and am now terribly disappointed.
Knowing that, someday, Phish would take a break, Dave Matthews was born On This Day in 1967.
On This Day in 1996, NBA’s Toronto Raptors became the first team to miss all free throw attempts in a game, which I’m being told is bad.
On This Day in 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis. He was the original Bridezilla.
On This Day in 1838, S.F.B. Morse demonstrated his completed telegraph at the speedwell iron works. He demonstrated it to one drunk janitor and a dog. The dog left halfway through.
On This Day in 1942, The first around-the-world commercial flight was completed by Pan American Airways. They showed the film “Hitch” 137 times.
On This Day in 1863, the first covered skating rink in Canada opened. It was covered in ranch and sautéed onions. It was delicious.
On This Day in 1985, Soprano Leontyne Price made her farewell appearance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She would go on to pursue a lucratively successful career in MMA.
On This Day in 1992, The Miss Canada Pageant was canceled due to costs and pageants being gross.
On This Day in 2011, Samoa skipped this day in order to move from the Eastern to the Western side of the International Date Line. Same.
On This Day in 1919, the American Meteorological Society was founded in St Louis, Missouri. It is the first known gathering of Star Trek fans or “Trekists.”
On This Day in 1930, Fred Newton became the first and only person to swim the length of the Mississippi River. Seriously. It took roughly six months to cover the 1,826 miles from Minnesota to New Orleans. He was in the water for 742 hours. He was protected from the cold water by a layer of axle grease on his body. All of this is true.
On This Day OTD in 1947 was Ted Danson. He is famous for such roles as Sam Malone on Cheers and Helloboy in the film Helloboy.
Born On This Day in 1773 was the “Father of Aviation” George Cayley. He was named as such when he gave physical birth to an early prototype of the 747.
On This Day in 1904, J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan premiered in London. The show revealed the secret history of Peter Pan, including his famous duel at Weehawken against Aaron Hook.
On This Day in 1947, the first episode of The Howdy Doody show aired, starting a long tradition of horror on network television.