This Day In History – May 19

1935

The National Football League adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

The first draft was held in Philadelphia 

1962

Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday for President Kennedy.

His birthday isn’t actually until May 29. He was at a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

1974

Erno Rubik invented a brand new puzzle…

…It would later become known as the Rubik’s Cube. 

1992

In New York, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher.

Fisher was her husband Joey’s teen-age lover. 

and then lastly

Also in 1992

The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.

The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises. 

-Tyler Jackson

You’ll never believe the roles these famous actors and actresses turned DOWN!

Here’s a list of films that famous actors and actresses turned down.

They turned down roles because of scheduling and script conflicts. Many of the replacement actors went on to win Oscars and Golden Globes.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow turned down Titanic.
  • Meg Ryan turned down Pretty Woman.
  • Hugh Jackman turned down James Bond.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down Clueless.
  • Matt Damon turned down Avatar.
  • Sandra Bullock turned down Million Dollar Baby.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio turned down American Psycho.
  • John Travolta turned down Forest Gump.
  • Emily Browning turned down Twilight.
  • Dana Delaney turned down Sex and the City.

Read more about why they turned down these big roles HERE

-Tyler Jackson

Deadliest Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor just released their stats on the DEADLIEST jobs over the last seven years.  Here’s the top 10 . . .

1.  Fishermen, 132 deaths per 100,000 workers.

 

2.  Loggers, 97 deaths per 100,000.

 

3.  Aircraft pilots, 70 deaths per 100,000.

 

4.  Extraction workers, including oil and gas, 57 deaths per 100,000.

 

5.  Iron and steel workers, 43 deaths per 100,000.

 

6.  Roofers, 36 deaths per 100,000.

 

7.  Garbage collectors, 33 deaths per 100,000.

 

8.  Farmers and ranchers, 24 deaths per 100,000.

 

9.  Truck drivers, 24 deaths per 100,000.

 

10.  Power line installers and repairers, 23 deaths per 100,000.

Read more here!

This Day In History – May 18

1953

Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound!

She piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.

1980

Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state.

The volcanic blast was five hundred times more powerful than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. Steam and ash erupted more than eleven miles into the atmosphere and darkened skies in a 160-mile radius. Sixty people were dead, nearly $3 billion dollars worth of damage occurred. 

1999

The Backstreet Boys released their third album Millennium.

1998

The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

They accused the computer software company had a “choke hold” on competitors by controlling 90% of the software market.

2014

Russian President Putin signed a bill to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation.

and then lastly…

Happy 63rd Birthday to The King!

George Strait was born in 1952 in Poteet, Texas!

-Tyler Jackson

Dad Forces Kid to Smash Xbox For Bad Grades

A dad made his son smash his Xbox with a sledgehammer for getting bad grades then posted video of it on YouTube.

The boy had three weeks to improve his performance at school and when he didn’t, his dad ordered him to smash the gaming system.The boy refused. His dad yelled and swore at him saying he would do it himself.The boy eventually smashed it with a sledgehammer, as he cried.The dad recorded the incident then posted it online to shame his son ever further.

 

Man posts “wife wanted ad” on his tailgate – but he’s got some requirements!

A 64-year-old Texas man posted a “wife wanted ad” on the tailgate of his pick-up truck.

The man’s been posting marriage invites on his truck for three years but is getting more creative – hoping to get more attention.

He is looking for a non-smoker, non-drinker and she has to be under 40-years-old.

He has been divorced twice and has received about 10 serious calls over the last couple years.

The man admits he receives lots of drunk dialers, and people pranking him.

Ladies, get more info on the man of your dreams by reading more about him here!

-Tyler Jackson

Women ARE Better Drivers Than Men!

Only 28% of women they think they’re better drivers than men, but in actual studies on the road, they got higher scores on driving tests than men.  They’re less likely to speed, tailgate, blow through yellow lights, make dangerous cuts into traffic, talk on the phone, or text.

The only areas where men scored better were on steering and control of the car, and on checking their blind spot before they switched lanes.

Read more about how women are better than men here!

This Day In History – May 15

1940

Nylon stockings from DuPont went on general sale for the first time in the United States.

Nylon was invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers

1990

Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet was sold for $82.5 million.

The sale set a new then-world record

and then lastly…

2006

A judge formally charges Saddam Hussein with crimes against humanity

In November he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging,

He was hanged on December 30th.

-Tyler Jackson