This Day In History – May 11

1934

A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a “Dust Bowl.”

The dust storm was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high, covering almost one-third of the country.

350 million tons of silt was carried all the way from the northern Great Plains to the eastern seaboard.

1947

The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

1967

The siege of Khe Sanh ended.

For 70 days and nights, 6,000 Marines held out against 20,000 Vietnamese soldiers

1981

Reggae performer Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami at the age of 36.

1997

Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match.

He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue.

It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.

and then lastly…

2010
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert became engaged after five years of dating.

Five years later, they’re still going strong!

-Tyler Jackson

The Most (And Least) Dangerous Jobs in America

Ever wonder how dangerous your job is?  According to new research based on the number of injuries and illnesses in each profession, Nursing is the most dangerous job, and Investment Banking is the least dangerous! (Not a big shocker.)

 

When based on the amount of deaths per job, well…that changes things.

Farming is the deadliest job and Management is the least.

 

Read more about dangerous jobs and see how your job ranks here!

Teen Takes Great Grandmother to Prom

A teen in Indiana took his 93-year-old great-grandmother to his junior prom.He picked up his grandmother in her Cadillac and they shared one slow dance together. The night ended early at 9 p.m. because she has an early bedtime.The teen then took his girlfriend to an after-prom event at a bowling alley.

Say it with us…”Awwwwwww….!”

 

Read more here!

Most Popular Baby Names for 2015

The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the most popular baby names in America. Emma and Noah topped the list, and Olivia and and Liam came in second.

The most popular girls names of the last five years, Sophia and Isabella, lost some ground and came third and fourth on the list.

The full Top 10 for both genders are:

Girls

1. Emma

2. Olivia

3. Sophia

4. Isabella

5. Ava

6. Mia

7. Emily

8. Abigail

9. Madison

10. Charlotte

 

Boys

1. Noah

2. Liam

3. Mason

4. Jacob

5. William

6. Ethan

7. Michael

8. Alexander

9. James

10. Daniel

This Day In History – May 8

1877

The first Westminister Dog Show was held!

Apparently, this annual “dog show” was the inspiration for one of the greatest movies ever made:

 Best In Show! 

1945

V-E Day!

The Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany! 

Kiss the rings! 

1959

Mike and Marian Ilitch founded “Little Caesars Pizza Treat” in Garden City, Michigan

He wanted to name the restaurant “Pizza Treat” but she thought that was boring, so they named it after her nickname for him: “my little Caesar”

1961

New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise.

They chose the Mets.

1984

Joanie and Chachi  got married on Happy Days!

This was also the final episode of the legendary show!

1999

Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college

She has a lot going on these days!

and then lastly…

2008

The Olympic torch reached the summit of Mount Everest!

It was carried up the mountain by a team Chinese climbers, before the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

Awesome!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – May 7

1945

Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II

It would take effect the next day. 

1975

President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War. 

1977

Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby.

Seattle Slew ended up becoming the tenth Triple Crown winner

and then lastly…

1999

A jury ruled that The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. were liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure. He was killed by another guest on the show, Jonathan Schmitz.

The jury’s award was $25 million. 

 So tragic! 

-Tyler Jackson

The Most Googled Baby Names Per State

Google just analyzed searches for baby names in the past year, and found the most common names new parents have been searching for.

The top three boy names nationwide are:  Michael, James, and Avery.  The top three girl names are:  Elizabeth, Olivia, and Emma.

They also broke down the most popular names in each state.  Most states have pretty traditional results . . . after all, when you have millions of people searching, it’s hard for something TOO obscure to break through.  And yet . . . some states still found a way.

The most obscure boy names that managed to be the top search in a state are:  Ahmed in South Dakota . . . Ezekiel in Kansas . . . Zyion in Arkansas . . . Nico in Massachusetts . . . and Aniyah in Hawaii.

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Read more here!

This Day In History – May 6

1915

Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run

The Great Bambino would end up hit 714 home runs! 

1937

The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, New Jersey

Thirty-six people were killed. 

This was the end of the ‘airship’ era

1965

Keith Richards began writing the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction in a Florida hotel room. 

Hell ya! 

1994

The Chunnel officially opened!

The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France and is 31.35 miles long!  

 and then lastly…

2002

Spider-Man became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

I paid my $8 to see it! Great movie! 

-Tyler Jackson

Where do the Sexiest Men and Women Come From?

Add this to the endless list of things we can blame on the Kardashians.

A new survey asked 110,000 Americans which nationality is the sexiest . . . and ARMENIAN women were voted the hottest in the world. Obviously the Kardashians are the most high-profile Armenian women out there.

They aren’t the only celebrities with fingerprints on the list. Women from Barbados came in second, and we’re pretty sure the credit for that goes to RIHANNA. Also cool? People from Barbados are called ‘Barbadian.’

The ten sexiest nationalities for women are: Armenian . . . Barbadian . . . American . . . Colombian . . . British . . . Australian . . . Brazilian . . . Filipina . . . Bulgarian . . . and Lebanese.

The ten sexiest men are: Irish . . . Australian . . . Pakistani . . . American . . . British . . . Scottish . . . Italian . . . Nigerian . . . Danish . . . and Spanish.

Read more here!