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,

Mount Rushmore

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On October 4, 1927, sculpting began on a giant mountain face in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. It was decided that South Dakota would be the perfect spot to carve our most beloved presidents’ faces into a rock stolen from the Lakota tribe after the Great Sioux War of 1876. Whoops… The highway attraction of the century, folks –

Brady Bunch Debuts

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On September 26, 1969, America’s favorite unorthodox suburban family, and their humble galley slave Alice, made their TV debut on The Brady Bunch. Anyone who hasn’t seen this show has been living under a giant pet rock. It is quintessential 1960s Americana, and remains one of the most-aired TV programs in the history of television. The Brady Bunch was the story

Kennedy Moon Mission

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On September 20, 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a unique proposal. “Hey, Soviets… why don’t we just go to the moon together? … could be fun, am I right?” (Not an exact quote.) This announcement came three years after his 1961 call to compete in, and win, the “space race” with the Soviets. At the time, the Soviets had already

September 11

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The BOJ blog takes pride in poking fun at events in history. We here at BOJ are all about seeing the lighter side of things. However, this week in history is different. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, a fatal crash in a rural field in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon in Washington,

Magellan Makes a Big Circle

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On September 6, 1522, one of Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships finally reaches SanlÚcar de Barrameda, Spain after a three-year journey across the globe. Magellan wasn’t on it. He died – in the Philippines. Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519 to search for a westward route to Indonesia. Spices were a big deal back then. There was no Sam’s Club. If you

Krakatoa Eruption

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On August 27, 1883, the most powerful volcanic eruption in history occurred on the small Indonesian island of Krakatoa. The uninhabited island is located west of Sumatra and has continuously grown in size due to its violent volcanic activity creating landmasses of cooled molten rock. In May of 1883, a German warship reported sightings of a cloud of ash near Krakatoa more

Dirty Dancing Forces Men to Dance

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On August 21, 1987, “Dirty Dancing” was released in theaters – to the dismay of movie-going men everywhere. Patrick Swayze, who had until this point, exclusively been cast as a total bad ass (‘The Outsiders”, “Red Dawn” and “Uncommon Valor”… just forget about “Skatetown”), held the starring role as a

A T-Rex Named Sue

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On August 12, 1990, a fossil expert named Susan Hendrickson found three giant bones sticking out of a cliff in Faith, South Dakota. While the rest of us would see this reminiscent of an intro to a slasher movie, and run screaming, Hendrickson went on to uncover these bones as part of the most complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton on Earth. Guess what this self-absorbed, wannabe