This Day In History – October 21

1913

The world’s first blended cigarettes, Camels, were produced by the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Did You Know…Reynolds’ stenographer, who later became company chairman, heard that the Barnum & Bailey circus had come to town, so he rushed over to snap a few pictures of the camels.  While he was photographing a camel named “Old Joe”, the bored beast turned away, giving him a shot in profile — the picture found to this day on every pack of Camels.

1925

The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for alcohol prohibition violations!

The fines totaled $5,000,000!

1967

In one of the first massive Vietnam War protests, 35,000 peace demonstrators tried to levitate the Pentagon.

Over 600 were arrested, and the Pentagon, of course, did not move

1997

Elton John’s tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, was declared by The Guinness Book of Records to be the biggest-selling single record of all time!

In 37 days, the single reached 31.8 million copies sold, eclipsing the previous record held by Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

The Crosby song sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide — in 55 years.

and then lastly…

1998

The invincible New York Yankees won their 24th World Series!

They swept the San Diego Padres 4-0

-Tyler Jackson

Man Sells Classic Car for World Series Tickets

A man in Blue Springs, Missouri is selling his classic car so he can attend the World Series.The Kansas City Royals fan listed his 1965 Ford Mustang for $24,000 on Craigslist.The man says he loves his car but would rather go see the Royals in the World Series for the first time in 29-years.He says with the money from the car he can take his family of six to a game at home and maybe even away.

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This Day In History – October 20

1914

For the first time, the U.S. required photographs be included with all new U.S. passports.

Just imagine how easy it would be the counterfeit one otherwise!

1967

Bigfoot was allegedly filmed in California, just north of the little city of Eureka.

According to Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson, who took the pictures, the creature was seven feet tall, weighed over 350 pounds and was covered with shiny, black hair.

1968

Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onassis!

The former First Lady became Jackie O when she tied the knot with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on the island of Skorpio

1991

Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman were married!

Still going strong 23 years later!

and then lastly…

1992

George Strait was on hand for the Nashville premiere of his film Pure Country!

Best movie EVER!

-Tyler Jackson

A Sparkly New Way to Remember a Loved One

There’s a new way to remember your loved one after they pass: Turn them into a diamond!!!

No joke. You can actually turn your loved one’s ashes into a gorgeous blue diamond and do whatever you want with it.  Not gonna lie…it does sound way more fun than ashes in an urn!

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Be on the Lookout for Teal Pumpkins for Food Allergy Awareness This Halloween

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An organization is pushing a teal Halloween project to have people hand out non-food treats instead of candy.

The Food Allergy Research & Education started the Teal Pumpkin Project and is pushing it online especially on social media.

The purpose is to get people to handle non-food treats like bubbles, coins or stickers to help kids with food allergies.

Homes that offer these non-food treats should place a teal pumpkin (teal is the color of food allergy awareness) somewhere visible to indicate that they’re taking part in the project.

The Scariest Thing You’ll See…Maybe Ever!

A giant spider the size of a puppy was found in the rainforest in Guyana.

The spider is known as the South American Goliath Birdeater and it’s the world’s largest spider.

Its leg span can reach up to a foot with a body the size of a large fist.

Despite its size, the spider is no danger to people.

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This Day In History – October 17

1962

The number one song was Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers!

Here’s a fun fact: This Halloween hit would re-enter the Billboard singles chart in 1970 and 1973, getting as high as number 10 in ‘73.

1979

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was a true gift to the world

1989

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage. This is known as the Loma Prieta earthquake

The timing couldn’t have been worse, either! Millions were watching the third game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, when the seats at Candlestick Park began to rock, light towers swayed, and 58,000 fans became eerily quiet. Homes crumbled, gas lines ruptured, ‘earthquake-safe’ structures fell and the upper section of a two-tiered freeway collapsed onto the lower level at the height of rush hour — trapping commuters in flattened cars. The tremor and its aftershocks reached north to Sacramento and south to Los Angeles, causing an estimated 270 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $3 billion.

1997

Rapper Warren G sued country star Garth Brooks, claiming Garth infringed on the rapper’s trademark circled “g” logo.

Do you know who really owns these logos! The type-writer does!

(By the way, they came to an agreement that they both could use it because it was positive symbol for both brands!)

and then lastly…

1997

The teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer opened up in theaters!

Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr., they play a group of high-school kids who run over a mysterious person on the road. They decide to dump the ‘body’, and, well, it didn’t go se

I Know What You Did Last Summer had scared up $72,219,000 at the box office!

-Tyler Jackson