This Day In History – July 16


The first underwater color photographs appeared in National Geographic magazine.

lliam Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin got this shot of a hogfish off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico


Oklahoma City became the first city in the United States to install parking meters.

The first parking meters appeared on the corner of 1st Street and Robinson Ave in Downtown Oklahoma City

It cost the low, low price of just a nickel per hour!  


The largest crowd in sporting history — 199,854 — watched the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1

199,000 people though…!! 


Columbia Records announced that after 28 years with the label, the contract of Johnny Cash would not be renewed.

Cash’s biggest hit for Columbia was A Boy Named Sue in 1969


26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith wed 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall II

If they were still around today, she’d be 48, and he would be 110!


John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard,Massachusetts, killing him, his wife, Carolyn, and his sister-in-law, Lauren.

The three had been en route to a Kennedy family wedding


The sixth installment in the series, J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released

The book sold 6.9 million copies on its first day of release.

It later became a movie

and then lastly…


In Chicago, the Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower

-Tyler Jackson

Trendiest Baby Names of 2015

According to the baby name website, the trendiest name for boys this year is Atticus.

It’s because Atticus Finch is the hero of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and Harper Lee announced earlier this year that she was finally putting out a sequel.

But there’s one big problem.  When the sequel came out this week, it turned out Atticus Finch wasn’t the good guy he seemed in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  The book’s called “Go Set a Watchman”, and Harper Lee made Atticus a big time RACIST.  Oops.

After Atticus, the rest of the 10 trendiest names for boys are:  Asher . . . Ezra . . . Silas . . . Declan . . . Wyatt . . . Oliver . . . Henry . . . Milo . . . and Jude.


The 10 trendiest girls names are:  Charlotte . . . Amelia . . . Olivia . . . Isla . . . Ava . . . Violet . . . Cora . . . Eleanor . . . Lucy . . . and Penelope.

Read more here!


America’s Most Hated State!

Americans have ranked New Jersey worst among the states.A poll by YouGov says New Jersey is not only the least-liked state, but it’s also the only state that Americans actively dislike.

The second least-liked state is Alabama and even then more people like the state than dislike it, with 39 percent liking the state and 31 percent feeling the opposite.For New Jersey, 40 percent of Americans said they had a bad opinion about the Garden state while only 30 percent had a favorable one.

Illinois, Mississippi and Indiana rounded out the bottom 5.The most popular state is Hawaii, followed by Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Maine.

Read more here!


This Day In History – July 15


Jim Thorpe won the decathlon in the Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden

He also won gold in the pentathlon! 

Six months later, he lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateurism rules that were then in place.

70 years later, in 1983, the International Olympic Committee restored his Olympic medals.

Today, college football has an award named after him, awarded to the nation’s top defensive back! 


In Seattle, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing

The company was later renamed Boeing Co.


The world’s tallest man, Robert Wadlow, passed away

Robert, who stood 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall, died at the age of 22


Percy Sledge scored a gold record for When a Man Loves a Woman.

It was his only number one single


Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida.

Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace

Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion 


Twitter launched to the public

Here is the first tweet:

The full version was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006

and then lastly…


After 86 days of gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP finally capped its leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico

More than 200 million gallons of crude oil was pumped into the Gulf

It was the biggest oil spill in U.S. history

So tragic! = Tyler Jackson

Woman’s Butt Implant Exploded!

According to Boston News Watch, a Boston woman named Serena Beuford’s butt implant ruptured while she was doing squats at the gym.

The 27-year-old woman is in serious condition after her butt implants exploded while doing squats for an Instagram Video at Planet Fitness. Beuford was working out with a friend at Planet Fitness in downtown Boston. After her friend finished working out, she attempted to record Beuford doing squats to post the video on Instagram.

As Beuford was squatting, she heard a loud pop. She fell to the floor screaming in agony from the pain. Other gym members rushed to her rescue until medical services arrived.

Read more here!

Buffalo Wild Wings Soldier Tribute

A bottle of beer bought at a restaurant by a sister for her fallen soldier brother will remain at the bar, draped in an American flag, as a permanent tribute.

The woman ordered two beers at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Tacoma. Her server said she couldn’t order two drinks at a time due to state law, but changed his mind when she told him the beer was for her brother, who died in Iraq.

She placed a bottle by the empty seat next to her while she ate lunch. Her waiter then told the woman that his boss had agreed the drink would be on the house.

The woman wrote a note on the receipt. It said, ‘Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day – A Grateful Soldier.’

The manager posted online a photo of the beer and note, and it’s been liked more than 70,000 times- with people praising the restaurant for honoring fallen troops.

Read the full story here!


This Day In History – July 14


Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care was first published

The book quickly became one of the most widely sold books ever!

In fact, Dr. Spock’s baby book has sold more copies than any book other than the Bible.


The first sports event to be shown in color was the Molly Pitcher Handicap horse race at Oceanport, NJ

The race was broadcast on CBS.

The Molly Pitcher Handicap is still an annual tradition at Monmouth Park Racetrack

also in 1951

In his last race, Citation became the winningest thoroughbred in horse racing as he won the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park

Citation earned a total of $1,085,760 in his career.


Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio

After spending $1 million over seven months exploring his options, Springer chose his talk-show over politics.

He thought the public wouldn’t be able to separate his political message from his wacky TV show. 

and then lastly…


Happy 40th birthday to Jamey Johnson! 

Jamey Johnson was born on July 14, 1975 in Enterprise, Alabama

-Tyler Jackson

Most Removed Tattoos

A new study looked at the tattoos people are most likely to get REMOVED.  Here are the top 10 . . .

1.  Your ex’s name.


2.  A dolphin.


3.  A misspelled quote.  (I love that getting a dolphin is worse than permanently having a spelling mistake on your body.  Why do people hate dolphins?)


4.  Barbed wire.


5.  A star.


6.  A butterfly.


7.  Chinese symbols.


8.  Random Celtic or Irish designs.


9.  Zodiac signs.


10.  Fairies.

Read more here!


Worst Breakfasts for Your Health

The website put together a list of the worst things you can have for breakfast, in different categories.  So, things like the least healthy cereal, and worst fast food breakfast sandwich.  Here’s the list . . .


1.  Worst cereal:  Honey Smacks.  One bowl has 15 grams a sugar, which is more than Frosted Flakes or Cap’n Crunch.  And it’s coated in partially hydrogenated oil, which has trans fat.


2.  Worst donut:  Dunkin’ Donuts Blueberry Butternut.  It has 35 grams of sugar, and 420 calories, which is more than any other donut on the menu.


3.  Worst breakfast burrito:  Taco Bell’s A.M. Crunchwrap with Sausage.  710 calories and 47 grams of fat.


Unless you’re eating a whole 12-pack of their Cinnabon dessert things, the A.M. Crunchwrap has more fat than anything else on the menu.


4.  Worst fast food breakfast sandwich:  The Monster Biscuit from Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.  It has as much fat and calories as the A.M. Crunchwrap, but TWICE as much salt.


5.  Worst breakfast that SOUNDS healthy:  A Dunkin’ Donuts Multigrain Bagel with Reduced Fat Strawberry Cream Cheese.  It’s 500 calories, has 17 grams of fat, and is pretty much nothing but carbs.


6.  Worst pancakes:  Denny’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Breakfast.  They’re stuffed with chocolate, and have hot fudge and peanut butter on top.  You also get sausage, eggs, and hash browns, so it’s 1,670 calories, with 105 grams of fat.


7.  Worst omelette:  The Chorizo Fiesta Omelette at IHOP.  1,300 calories and106 grams of fat.  And you can add pancakes, which is another 700 calories.


8.  Worst overall breakfast:  The Cheesecake Factory’s Bruleéd French Toast.  It has 2,780 calories, and as much saturated fat as six cheeseburgers from Sonic.

Read more here!

This Day In History – July 13


The first World Cup soccer competition began in Montevideo, Uruguay


The first All-Star Game played outside the United States was played this day in Montreal, Canada

The National League won for the 11th consecutive year, defeating the American League 4-1.


The event was the Live Aid concert for African famine relief. The place was Philadelphia, PA and it was also, London, England. 

The sixteen hour concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.

The audience was equally as big – 162,000 attended the concert and another 1.5 billion viewed it on TV.

Live Aid raised over $100 million.

and then lastly…

The Great Flood of 1951

Black Friday In Kansas

During the period of July 9-13, some areas in the Kansas River basin received 18.5 inches of rain

The flooding started above Manhattan on the Big Blue River.

Poyntz Avenue in downtown Manhattan was eventually covered with eight feet of water.

Poyntz Avenue/Kansas Historical Society

Two men rowing down Poyntz Avenue/ Kansas Historical Society

From the Kansas Historical Society:

“Downstream flooding continued in Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City.  In Topeka alone about 7,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.  The rising river waters caused transportation throughout the river basin to come to a halt.  Roads were washed away and railroad tracks moved. Communication lines were downed.  Altogether one hundred sixteen cities and towns were affected; 85,000 persons had to be evacuated from their homes; 22,000 residences in the river basin were flooded and nearly 2,500 completely demolished; 336 businesses were destroyed and more than 3000 flooded. The flood didn’t just affect just the towns and cities, 10,000 farms also suffered damage. Topsoil from fertile fields was removed by the flood waters, while heavy deposits of sediment and sand were left in its place. The flood claimed 28 lives as more than 1 million acres were flooded. Total losses in the Kansas River Basin and in Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas exceeded $725,000,000.”

What measures were taken to prevent another flood of this magnitude from happening?! 

“Business men and residents living downstream along the Kansas River increased the pressure on government officials to protect them from another flood.  On the other hand vigorous opposition was directed at officials from the local to national levels.  Five small Kansas towns were to be inundated (Garrison, Stockdale, Randolph, Cleburne and Bigelow). At least four other towns would lose substantial earning power (Frankfort, Irving, Manhattan, and Marysville). Three thousand residents of the Blue River Valley would be affected by the dam.  Fifteen hundred of these were farm families.  Many of these had cultivated these family farms for more than 85 years.  Transportation facilities, including two railroads would have to be abandoned or moved.  Numerous state highways, county and township roads would need relocated.  Schools, churches, cemeteries, and public utilities were to be moved. Approximately 55,000 acres of the fertile farm land would be inundated.

The people of the valley fought to maintain their existence but in the end Tuttle Creek Dam and reservoir was built. Construction was completed and operation began July 1, 1962. Total cost was $80,051,031. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that since opening, Tuttle Creek Lake has prevented over three billion dollars in flood damages. However, the building of reservoirs along the drainage area did not bring a stop to the flooding. Again in 1993, the Kansas River and the Missouri River basins flooded. This time however, no lives were lost.The struggle between man and nature continues.”

Thank you to the Kansas Historical Society for the photos and article/description 

-Tyler Jackson