1838 - SAMUEL MORSE introduced his "magic" TELEGRAPH machine to the public in Morristown, New Jersey.
1945 - GEORGE BUSH (the First) and the saucy BARBARA PIERCE were married in Rye, New York. Today is their 65th Wedding Anniversary, and you just know that they STILL GET IT ON!!!
1964 - The ROLLING STONES headed out on their first tour as headliners. The first show was in London . . . where they played with the RONETTES and Mary Wilde.
1968 - Gibson patented its fabulous "FLYING V" ELECTRIC GUITAR!!! The design has become a favorite of many rock and rollers, ya know.
1969 - Georgia Governor JIMMY CARTER and members of the Lions Club in Leary, Georgia, saw what they thought was a UFO.
--Jimmy Carter said he would never again make fun of people who claim they've seen an alien spaceship. Jimmy Carter lusts in his heart, ya know.
1975 - The first episode of "WHEEL OF FORTUNE" aired on NBC.
1975 - TED TURNER bought the Atlanta Braves for $11 million.
1982 - One Russell McBride was arrested in Sonora, California, for BARKING AT A POLICE DOG. The city has an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to tease an on-duty police dog.
1994 - TONYA HARDING'S chubby assault team caught up with NANCY KERRIGAN after practice in Detroit and beat her about the right leg with an iron bar.
2005 - AARON CARTER'S Cadillac Escalade EXPLODED after a mattress fell off a truck on the roadway in front of him, and he didn't have time to avoid it.
--Aaron simply drove over the mattress, which got caught under the SUV and caught on fire . . . causing the SUV to ignite . . . then EXPLODE.
--Thankfully, Our Stone Cold Junior Pimp of the Nation Aaron got out in time and was unharmed.
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