1714 - Henry Mill patented his new invention . . . THE TYPEWRITER. (--Your kids will most likely NEVER use one. Isn't that odd???)
1894 - One of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the THOMAS EDISON studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Comedian Fred Ott was filmed sneezing!!! Hilarity ensued. (???)
1913 - William M. Burton received a patent for his method of manufacturing the "magic moving potion" we now call GASOLINE. Standard Oil bought that method.
1927 - The HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS played their first game, in Hinckley, Illinois. The white team probably lost. (???)
1953 - President Truman announced the U.S. had developed a HYDROGEN BOMB.
1962 - CHUBBY CHECKER'S "The Twist" set a record by reaching #1 for the second time. Previously, it was #1 on September 13th, 1960.
1967 - CHARLEY PRIDE became the first black guy to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
1970 - The farmers next to Max Yasgur's estate sued him for $35,000. They didn't appreciate the chaos created by a little festival he hosted, called WOODSTOCK.
1992 - Pitchers ROLLIE FINGERS and TOM SEAVER were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Reggie Jackson was once asked how fast Seaver's pitches were. He said, quote, "Blind people came to the game just to listen to his fastball."
1993 - The first video-telephone was commercially released by AT&T for the low, low price of $1,499. (--Check it out here.)
1999 - BILL CLINTON'S impeachment trial began in the Senate. He was already impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19th.
2002 - Comedian AVERY SCHREIBER died of a heart attack at the age of 66.
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