1794: Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.
Hey, something productive from Congress... when did that stop happening??
1866: President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later became the 14th amendment.
Not good Andy, not good.
1884: The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York.
Rates were pretty high I bet.
1917: The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
They still around?? Maybe they need a goalie.
1958: Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier and first secretary of the Communist Party.
He said that he'd bury us... and now we have a president named Barry, maybe he was right.
1964: A 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit 80 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, killing 117 and producing a 50-foot tsunami that traveled over 8,000 miles.
The earth is crazy like that.
1973: Marlon Brando refuses his Oscar for "The Godfather" in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans.
Way to take a stand Marlon... and you were terrific in that incredible movie.
1977: Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 542 people killed is the highest ever for an aviation disaster.
And I'm getting on a plane next week.
2001: A federal judge ruled that the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy was invalid, a ruling that later would be reversed in an appeal.
Oh those political things.
Well... it has been a fun three years. I hope you still will allow me to humor you once in awhile.