First CD Is Manufactured

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On August 17th, 1982 the world’s first commercial music CD was pressed in Langenhagen, Germany at Polygram Pressing Operations, which had been established by Philips and Sony. This first CD was “The Visitors,” by ABBA, the Swedish pop band. Sadly though, the CD did not take the American streets by storm, as the CD player was not available on the consumer market until

Internet Explorer Is Born

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On August 16th, 1995 Microsoft introduced the very first version of Internet Explorer to the world. That day, thousands of people across the globe got to search “boobs” for the first time ever, collectively pooing a giant rainbow of bliss and awe across the static of dial-up. Internet Explorer 1.0 was a modified version of something called “Spyglass Mosaic.” (I, the

the Bra is Invented

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Although the tradition of wearing specialized garments to support women’s breasts dates back to ancient Greece, an official patent for the brassiere was filed in France on May 30th, 1889 by Herminie Cadolle, a young seamstress, feminist, and revolutionary. Cadolle’s design was sparked by the idea of liberating women from the constraints of corsets, which, were very stiff

Benjamin Franklin Invents Bifocals

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On May 23rd, 1785 Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of the bifocal eyeglass—forever enabling librarians and old folks to see both close-up and far away (while remaining stylish and chic). Franklin came up with the idea because he was “getting old” and had trouble seeing both up-close and at a distance. He was tired of having to switch between different pairs

First Academy Awards

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On May 16th, 1929 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science handed out its first awards at a private dinner party of around 250 people at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Yes, movies and very long ceremonies to celebrate them have actually been around for that long. This first award ceremony is the only one that was not broadcasted on radio or

Empire State Building Dedicated

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On May 1st, 1931 President Herbert Hoover officially dedicated New York’s Empire State Building. Amazingly, Hoover was not actually in New York for the dedication. From Washington D.C. he pressed a button to turn on the building’s lights. The button was actually a symbolic one—someone else flicked the switches in New York. At the time of its completion, the Empire State

First Space Funeral

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On April 21st, 1997 Celestis launched the first ever space funeral. That’s right. A space funeral. The cremated remains of 24 individuals were loaded onto a Pegasus rocket. The aircraft was launched into space over the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands. Portions of the cremated remains were released into space in lipstick-sized capsules over the course of the

First Woman Flies Around the World Solo

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        On April 17th, 1964 Geraldine Mock became the first woman pilot to fly solo around the world. She began her flight on March 19th, 1964 in Columbus, Ohio and ended it 29 days later.             Mock made her flight in a 1953 single-engine Cessna christened “The Spirit of Columbus.” Mock was very thorough in making

National Beer Day

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On April 7th, 1933 the Cullen-Harrison Act legalizing the sale of low alcohol content—whoa there, let’s not get TOO crazy—beer and wine went into effect. This was the first time the sale of beer was legal in the United States since the start of prohibition. The bill was named for its sponsors, Senator Pat Harrison and Representative Thomas H. Cullen, and was signed by

Larry King Live Ends

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On December 16, 2010, that creepy bag-of-bones stopped frightening the world with his television program “Larry King Live.” It had been 25 years since that terribly boring first episode with CNN, and finally Larry was ready to hang up the suspenders. (Seriously. This guy could take the pep out of Starbucks.) King began his career as a disc jockey in Miami

Wayne’s World 2

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On December 10, 1993, an iconic and revolutionary film debuted in theaters: Wayne’s World II. This masterpiece of modern cinema told the continuation of a treasured story. Wayne, a hat-wearing cable-access television host, and his partner Garth, his hockey-worshiping drum expert, began their quest to host the greatest outdoor concert of all time. The duo’s

First Heart Transplant

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On December 3, 1967, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky received a new heart via the first heart transplant surgery in history. “Hey doc. I have been having this pain in my heart… could you just remove it for me and put a different one in there?” “Uhhhhhhhh… okay! We’ll give it a whirl.” The patient was an avid swimmer, weightlifter and

Bush Pardons a Turkey

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On November 26, 2002, President George W Bush pardoned a turkey. Yes, a turkey. A feather-covered, gobbling bird. The turkey had been involved in a large-scale bank heist in 1977… just kidding. Every year at the White House a turkey is presented to the president as part of the United States’ Thanksgiving tradition. This year was no different, except for the

Edison Invents Phonograph

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On November 21, 1877, Thomas Edison announced the invention of the phonograph – a magical device that recorded sound. Edison was busy trying to figure out a way to record telephone conversations. (Creepy… but okay.) In the midst of this quest, Edison began to experiment with a tin cylinder and a small needle at his home in Menlo Park, NJ. Surprisingly, he

Armistice Day

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On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared the date an annual holiday (Armistice Day) in remembrance of those who had taken up arms in World War I. The declaration followed the previous year’s end to the bloody war (November 11, 1918), which had greatly affected the population of the of soldiers’ generation. In 1945, Raymond Weeks (a World War II

Honest Abe Elected

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On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president – marking the succession of the Southern United states. Honest Abe was brought to the nation’s attention following his heated debates with Stephan Douglas, a competitor for the U.S. Senate seat in 1858. Douglas proposed that states should be able to decide whether slavery should be legal – Abe said

The Fonz is Born

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On October 30, 1945, Henry Winkler was born. The classically-trained actor would go on to become a household name with his role on the 70s sitcom “Happy Days” as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. This leather-wearing ladies man sure knew how to point his fingers and pop his collar… Winkler graduated with a master’s in fine arts from Yale

James Brown at the Apollo

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On October 24, 1962, breakthrough artist James Brown recorded his legendary album, Live at the Apollo. Believe it or not, there was an era of music which did not involve YouTube stars and iTunes downloads. It was the era of the live act. When people said, “They’re no good live,” and it meant they were no good – period. In 1962, rock n’ roll

Bob Barker is Replaced

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On October 15, 2007, a new face appeared on the stage of everyone’s favorite “sick day” television program. After 35 years of tanned, white-haired glory, Bob Barker laid down his oddly long microphone to resign as the host of The Price is Right – the longest-running daytime game show in television history. Who could ever replace this legend of

SNL Debuts

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On October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live (SNL), a comedy sketch show featuring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris and Jane Curtan premiered on NBC. This revolutionary comedy program featured a regular cast of funny-people, as well as a guest host and musical act for each week. The hour-and-a-half program went on to become the highest-rated,