This Day In History – March 17

461

Bishop Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland

Ireland, and the world, now celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! 

1762

in New York City, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place. The parade was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

Here’s what the modern day parades look like:

1950

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element

Element 98 is called Californium 

2008

The IRS announced they will begin to send more than 130 million economic stimulus payments in May and the Social security number will determine the date checks are sent.

I got mine!

and then lastly…

One year ago today! 

I found this little cat in West Manhattan:

Dolly

One year later?

I’ve still got her!

dolly and me

Happy one year with me, Dolly 

-Tyler Jackson

Boyfriend Raises Money To Follow Girlfriend On Spring Break To “Keep Her From Cheating”

So there’s going out of your way to do something romantic for your significant other and then there’s just plain old stalking. A 25 year old Maryland guy was flat broke and concerned his girlfriend would cheat on him when she went to Miami for Spring Break. So, instead of you know, trusting her, he went to the crowd funding site gofundme.com to raise $300 for a plane ticket to follow her down there. He wasn’t concerned with other expenses because, ““I will be staying wherever she lays her head, eating whatever she eats, and overseeing all parties and fun activity.” AND PEOPLE DONATED!!

He actually surpassed his $300 goal. Read the full story here.

This Day In History – March 16

1991

Seven members of Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were their private jet failed to clear a mountain top and crashed near San Diego, California.

Reba was not on the plane, but 10 people lost their lives. She dedicated her song and album, For My Broken Heart, to them

1993

In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.

1994

Tonya Harding pled guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.

She was fined $100,000.

She was also banned from amateur figure skating.

2011

41-year old hip-hop and R&B star, Nathaniel Hale, also known as Nate Dogg, died after complications from two strokes. He was featured in one of the greatest rap songs ever!

and then lastly…

Just one year ago:

2014

Crimean voters support seceding from Ukraine to join Russia!

The United States and the European Union have said this was illegal. 

-Tyler Jackson

You leave Gary alone! The name ‘Gary’ has been losing popularity

The name Gary is becoming incredibly rare.

According to data from OurBabyNamer.com, there were only 442 babies given the name in 2013, compared to more than 38,000 in 1952.

The name has been decreasing in popularity for decades. It is currently at its lowest point of popularity since 1928.

The last time a girl was named Gary was in 1997. The name ranks No. 578 in U.S. popularity.

-Tyler Jackson

Unique Slang Terms For Each State

So this Yahoo Travel writer compiled a list of “unique slang terms for each state.” That term is in quotation marks because the one for Kansas is mind boggling. It says that Kansans say “yardbird” instead of chicken. What? I’ve lived here my whole life and have never heard this EVER.

See for yourself right here.

This Day In History – March 13

1951

The comic strip Dennis the Menace appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country.

This is true Americana

1990

Hesston, Kansas was hit by an F-5 tornado. 

The tornado was on the ground for 48 miles. It killed one, injured 60 and caused nearly $25 million in damages 

Checks from a plumbing and heating supply store in Hesston were found in Manhattan…85 miles away!!

1991

Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.

and then lastly…

Sign Of The Times

2012

Encyclopedia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

They discontinued their print edition after 244 years.

-Tyler Jackson

What NOT to Get Your Girlfriend.

A man in China bought his 24-year-old girlfriend a boob job for her birthday, and ended up getting dumped.

He scheduled the woman an appointment at a local cosmetic surgery clinic, somehow thinking it was a good idea.

She didn’t like the suggestion that her breasts were not good enough and dumped him– in public — as his friend photographed her kicking him in the groin.

He apologized, saying he said her chest was lovely but just thought she would like bigger breasts.

The man now says he’s brainstorming a really cool present to win his girlfriend back.

 

Read more here!