This Day In History – May 5

1862

The Battle of Puebla took place.

General Ignacio Zaragoza’s troops were outnumbered three to one as they battled the invading French army. They may have been outnumbered but they had the will to win, and that’s what they did. The won!

It is now celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.

1865

The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

1891

Music Hall was dedicated in New York City!

It was later renamed Carnegie Hall

1956

Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. 

He was clocked at 3:58.5

1961

Alan Shepard became the first American in space

and then lastly…

2000

The final episode of Boy Meets World aired on ABC!

This was my show when I was growing up…

…and at age 30, this boy still hasn’t met the world! 

-Tyler Jackson

The Professions That Are Most Likely to Cheat

According to the largest married dating site in the world, called Illicit Encounters, there are certain professions where people are more likely to cheat than others.

The professions most likely to cheat are:

  • Financial Services 18%
  • Management and HR 12%
  • Executive and Self Employed 8%
  • Engineering and IT/Communications 6%
  • Accounting 5%
  • Sales and Marketing 4%
  • Government, Healthcare, Medical and Legal 3%
  • Advertising, Media, Entertainment, Art, Design, Education, Science, Trades, Services, Retired 2%
  • Admin, Customer Service, Hospitality, Tourism, Retail, Consumer, Other 1%

Read more here!

Dumb Kansas Laws

There are a lot of dumb rules still in place in the state of Kansas, like “Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats” and “If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed”.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

 

Read the full list of dumb Kansas laws here!

This Day In History – May 4

1932

Al Capone begins life as convict #40886 in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary

He began serving an 11 year sentence for income tax evasion

1959

The first year of Grammy Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences are presented

Domenico Modugno was the big winner of the night! His song Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) won both song and record of the year

1970

After a number of days of protest against US invasion of Cambodia, members of the Ohio National Guard fired on protesters at Kent State University

4 people were killed and another 10 were injured.

1979

Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2006

Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York for 95.2 million dollars!

The portrait, painted in 1941, was considered the second most expensive painting at the time, under another Picasso painting that sold for 104 million dollars in 2004.

and then lastly…

2007

Hard to believe it’s been eight years ago

An EF5 tornado nearly 1 1/2 miles wide travels through the city of Greensburg, Kansas leveling 95% of the city and killing eleven people

A total of 961 homes and businesses were destroyed, with 216 receiving major damage, and 307 receiving minor damage. 

The winds in the tornado were estimated to reach 205 mph.

-Tyler Jackson

Jobs That Drive You to Drink

The government just released data on which jobs have the highest percentage of people who DRINK heavily and get HIGH.

The five jobs with the highest concentrations of heavy drinkers are:  Mining . . . construction . . . hotels and restaurants . . . arts and entertainment . . . and utilities.

The five with the most drug users are:  Hotels and restaurants . . . arts and entertainment . . . management . . . information . . . and construction.

Read more here!

This Day In History – May 1

1883

Buffalo Bill had his first Wild West Show!

1931

The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened.

 It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time.

 It is now the 25th tallest building in the world! 

1967

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu were married.

They were together until 1973. 

1972

The Eagles‘ Take It Easy was released.

It was their first single. 

1986

Bill Elliott set a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, AL.

Elliott reached a speed of 212.229 mph

1989

Police in California were called to a jewelry store after employees reported a suspicious person.

The person turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise! 

1992

Rodney King appeared in public, and he asked:

The appeal for calm came on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, resulting from the Rodney King beating trial

1998

Garth Brooks announced that the 4 millionth ticket had been purchased to his current world tour. 

There wasn’t anything hotter in country music than Garth Brooks in the 90’s 

2001

Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC.

Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy. 

and then lastly…

2011

President Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

We got ’em!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – April 30

1803

The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory (828,000 square miles) from France for $15 million. 

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed on April 30, 1803, and reached Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1803.

When it was all said and done, we spent less than 3 cents per acre! 

1812

Louisiana became the 18th U.S. state of the Union! 

The Pelican State is absolutely my FAVORITE state besides Kansas! What a great place! 

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1938

Happy Rabbit appeared in the Warner Brother’s cartoon Porky’s Hare Hunt! 

This rabbit would later evolve into Bugs Bunny! 

1945

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day.

One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally. 

and then lastly…

Scary moment in sports! 

1993

Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany.

The man called himself a fan of Steffi Graf

He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm 

-Tyler Jackson

Girl Sent Home From Prom for “Risque” Dress!

A Michigan girl was sent home from her senior prom because her backless dress was considered too revealing.

The girl wore her boyfriend’s jacket into the dance but an hour into the night she was sent home.

School officials said her dress violated the dress code.

The girl’s mother wants an explanation from the school.

The teen was dressed in the $300 blue-and-white polka dot gown.

Her mother says that other girls wearing similar or more revealing dresses were allowed to stay at the prom.

Read more here!

This Day In History – April 29

1992

Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial.

54 people were killed in 3 days.

2005

JAG ended it’s ten season TV run!

What a great ending! We’ll never know if it was Harm, or if it was Mac, who gave up their career in order for the couple to be together.

2010

Women can now serve on Navy submarines

The cramped conditions inside a submarine had previously precluded women, despite their being able to serve alongside men on surface ships

and then lastly…

Happy 4th anniversary to Prince William & Princess Kate! 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by half a million supporters as they shared a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – April 28

1788

Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution. 

Happy birthday, Maryland…?

1914

W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner. 

This is the single greatest invention of all-time! 

1930

The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas. 

-Tyler Jackson