Archive | June, 2010

Today in 1859

30 Jun

Charles Blondin is the first to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Oh, so that’s how that fad started.

My flea circus is going to make me a fortune in re-enactments.

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Today in 1613

29 Jun

The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground. That’s what you get when you practice heathen arts.

Turns out that "immortal" is not the same as "fire-proof."

Today in 1997

28 Jun

TV Evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant for bringing him fruit and cheese when he asked only for fruit. It’s like the airline recruited their staff from Sodom and Gomorrah.

Just looking at the photograph makes me want to scratch someone's eyes out.

Today in 1652

27 Jun

New Amsterdam (now New York City) passes first speed limit law in United States. Trot on residential streets, gallop on the freeway.

Prance in parking lots.

Today in 1870

26 Jun

President Ulysses S. Grant declares Christmas to be a federal holiday in the United States. No one had the heart to tell him it was June.

But then, every day is Christmas when you're Ulysses S. Grant.

Today in 1977

25 Jun

Roy “Human Lightning Conductor” Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for the seventh time. Ben Franklin, eat your heart out.

Stick his finger in a socket and you could light up the entire state of Virginia.

Today in 1901

24 Jun

First exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris. Oh, youngsters and their colorings.

Maybe soon he'll graduate to big boy pencils!