This Day In History – July 2

1962

Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

It was the first Walmart store.

1964

It was on this day that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

This law made it no longer legal in the United States to discriminate against others because of their race.

It is still in effect, with discrimination because of gender, age and religion also prohibited. 

1995

Forbes’ magazine reported that Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world’s richest man.

In 1999, he was worth about $77 billion.

Today, he’s worth $79.3 billion!

-Tyler Jackson

America’s Favorite Alcohol!

A study looked at information from drinking social app, BARTRENDr, and its 700,000 users,  to get their opinions on the most popular beer and liquor brands by state.

Bud Light came out on top as the American king of beers, as the favorite beer in 33 states. However, people in Utah prefer the state-made Polygamy Nitro Porter and Nebraskans prefer Founders Brewing Curmudgeon Old Ale.

On the liquor side, 42 states chose a whiskey brand, with Jack Daniels and cinnamon-flavored Fireball tying as the number one brands.

See the full results below:

 

State: Top Beer Brand, Top Liquor Brand

Alaska: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Alabama: Bud Light, Fireball

Arkansas: Bud Light, Evan Williams

Arizona: Blue Moon, Fireball

California: Blue Moon, Jack Daniels

Colorado: Bud Light, Bacardi

Connecticut: Corona, Patron

Delaware: Bud Light, Crown Royal

Florida: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jack Daniels

Georgia: Corona, Jack Daniels

Hawaii: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Iowa: Bud Light, Fireball/Captain Morgan/Jagermeister

Idaho: Bud Light, Evan Williams

Illinois: Coors/Guinness, Jameson

Indiana: Corona/PBR/Heineken, Patron/Jagermeister/Crown Royal

Kansas: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Kentucky: Bud Light, Crown Royal/Jager

Louisiana: Bud Light, Crown Royal

Massachusetts: Bud Light, Hennessy

Maryland: Bud Light, Svedka/Fireball

Maine: Budweiser, Fireball

Michigan: Bud Light, Jim Beam

Minnesota: Budweiser, Fireball

Mississippi: Bud Light, Fireball

Missouri: Bud Light, Fireball

Montana: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

North Carolina: Heineken, Jack Daniels

North Dakota: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Nebraska: Founders Brewing Curmudgeon Old Ale, Fireball

New Hampshire: Bud Light, Fireball

New Jersey: Bud Light/Corona, Fireball/Patron

New Mexico: Bud Light, Fireball

New York: Blue Moon, Hennessy

Nevada: Bud Light, Crown Royal

Ohio: Bud Light, Jack Daniels/Fireball

Oklahoma: Bud Light, Crown Royal

Oregon: Bud Light, Jose Cuervo

Pennsylvania: Guinness, Jameson

Rhode Island: Bud Light, Fireball

South Carolina: Bud Light, George Dickel

South Dakota: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Tennessee: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Texas: Corona, Jack Daniels

Utah: Polygamy Nitro Porter, Jack Daniels

Virginia: Bud Light, Grey Goose

Vermont: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Washington: Bud Light, Fireweed/Patron

Wisconsin: Bud Light, Captain Morgan

West Virginia: Bud Light, Jack Daniels

Wyoming: Bud Light, Fireball

This Day In History – July 1

1963

The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code.

That video, tho!!! 

1979

Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin

The Susan B. Anthony dollar was a great idea, but it looked too much like a quarter, so it wasn’t produced for very long!  

 and then also in:

1979

Sony introduced the Walkman!

One of the greatest inventions EVER! 

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – June 30

1936

Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published in New York City.

1953

The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI.

The early ’Vette sold for $3,250!

1974

The famous July 4th scene from the Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws, was filmed.

A crowd of 400 screaming, scared, panic-stricken extras in bathing suits ran from the water, over and over and over again, until the scene was perfect.

.1975

Cher married rock star Gregg Allman!

This came just a week after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized… 

…the marriage only lasted nine days! 

1990

New Kids on the Block had the number one in the land with Step by Step!

The Step by Step LP was also the #1 album in the country!

and then lastly…

1994

The temperature at Death Valley, California reached 128 degrees!

The only other time it has been that hot was on July 14, 1972!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – June 29

1956

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were married!

They were divorced on January 20, 1961.

and

Happy Birthday to the iPhone! 

2007

The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.

Simply one of the best inventions of all-time! 

-Tyler Jackson

 

World’s Ugliest Dog

The World’s Ugliest Dog contest was held this past Friday in Petaluma, California.

The top prize went to 10-year-old Quasi Modo, a mutt with spinal birth defects that has left her slightly hunchbacked. The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took home a whopping $1,500 prize, beating out 25 other dogs.

Read more and see photos here!

This Day In History – June 25

1951

In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the CBS Color System.

The public did not own color TV’s at the time. 

1999

Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy opened up in theaters

It made $41.54 million the first weekend.

and then lastly…

2009

Six years ago already! 

Michael Jackson passed away!

-Tyler Jackson