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

MTV Launches

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On August 1, 1981, the world was introduced to a fascinating new creation in television programming – MTV, hilariously known as music television. Now, this may come as a surprise, but upon MTV’s premiere the channel showed music videos. Yes, videos made to accompany single tracks used to be on TV… before YouTube existed. I know – shocking. The first

U.S. Snail Mail Introduced

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On July 26, 1775, our great nation introduced the system allowing grandmothers to send $2 bills across the American landscape for centuries – the United States Postal Service. The service, established the Second Continental Congress, was headed by the coolest founding father of all, and our nation’s first Postmaster General – Benjie Frank Franks. (Benjamin

Henry Ford Sells First Model A

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On July 15, 1903, Henry Ford completed his first order for an automobile to a Chicago dentist named Ernst Pfennin. The order was for an $850 two-cylinder Model A, which included a backseat. (A backseat!? Who is this guy?!?!) The order was delivered from Henry Ford’s Mack Ave. plant just less than a week after it had been placed. Within the first two months, Ford sold

Disco is Murdered in Chicago

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On July 12, 1979 the anti-disco movement was at its peak (rock fans really hated “Saturday Night Fever”). Steve Dahl, DJ at WLUP, was the leader of this movement in Chicago. He was known for scratching disco records live on air – right before blowing them up. This day was special due to the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers’ baseball double

Sony Walkman Debuts

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On July 1, 1979, Sony unveiled its revolutionary new product – the Walkman. Before this time, the transistor radio was the only form of portable rocking-out. By the late 1970s, however, sound quality of home stereo equipment had improved, yet the radio had not. Sony’s new product would bring stereo-quality sound to those who wanted to dance their way to the

Mike Tyson Begins Teething

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On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were scheduled to slug it out. Boxing… with fists. These two men were both fantastic fighters, but had very different backgrounds. (And only one had a speech impediment.) Mike Tyson had a history of violent behavior, sexual abuse and wild tantrums. He spent three years in prison, divorced his wife, fired and sued his

That Huge Green Lady

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  On June 17, 1885, the disassembled Statue of Liberty was delivered to New York Harbor – by the French.   The statue arrived in 350 pieces, and was packed within more than 200 boxes. It was intended to commemorate the American Revolution, as well as one hundred years of “friendship” between France and the U.S. (Thanks for helping us out back there France…

California’s Bear Flag Revolution

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  On June 14, 1846, Californians (primarily former U.S. citizens) had enough of Mexico. Their anticipation of an expansion of the war between Mexico and the United States prompted American settlers to promote a “new and independent California.” This is the exact setting of the film, “The Mask of Zorro.”   If you haven’t seen it, Antonio

D Day Invasion

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  On June 6, 1944, allied forces launched the largest amphibious attack in the history of modern warfare as part of Operation Overlord. This was a pivotal moment for allied troops of World War II and one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war.   Allied forces that saw combat in Normandy, France during this battle included Canadian, French, British and, you

The Birth of an Icon

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  On May 31, 1930, a young boy was born to a working-class family of San Francisco. He weighed 11Ibs 4 oz. His name was Clint Eastwood – and he would grow up to be a giant bad ass.   In recent declining years, Eastwood has been caught talking to an empty chair, pulling his pants up above his nipples and snarling through Chrysler commercials. However, the golden

Levi Strauss Patents Blue Jeans

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  On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent to create work pants with reinforced metal rivets near the fabric’s stress points. Like that would ever catch on…   Born Loeb Strauss in Buttenheim, Bavaria, Strauss worked for his family’s dry goods business shortly after arriving in the United States in the mid-1800s. He got

The Rise of SpaghettiOs

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  On May 16, 1965 a revolutionary children’s cuisine product was introduced to American consumers. This abomination of Italian food culture was, and still remains, one of Campbell’s Soup Co.’s most profitable products of all time – SpaghettiOs. (Uh, oh.)   The concept for canned SpaghettiOs was created by Donald “The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs” Goerke,