SNL Debuts

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

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

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 of

Kennedy Moon Mission

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

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

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

    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

Dirty Dancing Forces Men to Dance

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

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 Dr.

MTV Launches

  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

U.S. Snail Mail Introduced

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

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 more

Disco is Murdered in Chicago

    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

Sony Walkman Debuts

    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

Mike Tyson Begins Teething

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

    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

California’s Bear Flag Revolution

  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

    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

    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

Levi Strauss Patents Blue Jeans

    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