Today is the 3rd day of the 6th week, the 4th day of the 2nd month, the 35th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- African American Coaches Day
- Facebook's Birthday – the mainstream online social networking site, is launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 from his Harvard dormitory room
- Independence Day - Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) within the British Commonwealth in 1948
- Liberace Day
- Medjoola Date Day
- National Create a Vacuum Day
- National Hemp Day
- National Homemade Soup Day
- National Quaker Day
- National Stuffed Mushroom Day
- National Thank a Mailman Day
- Rosa Parks Day
- Safer Internet Day
- Torture Abolition Day
- USO Day - The United Service Organization is created to entertain American troops in 1941.
- World Cancer Day
- Earliest day on which Ash Wednesday can fall, while March 10 is the latest; celebrated on the first day of Lent (Christianity)
1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College. This is the only time the Electoral Collage has been in total agreement with who should be President
1846 – The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Salt Lake Valley.
1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus, AKA the Sinai Bible and one of the oldest known copies of the Bible, is discovered in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf who takes the manuscript home with him
1895 - the first rolling lift bridge opens in Chicago
1913 - Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim
1920 - the first flight from London to South Africa departs (takes 1½ months)
1931 - National League adopts a deader baseball
1936 - the first radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1938 - "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway
1957 - the first electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
1961 - Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
1967 – Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft.
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 - "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1971)
1971 - The NASDAQ stock exchange, the second-largest in the world - behind the New York Stock Exchange - is founded in New York City
1973 - Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
1974 - Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1991 - US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents
1991 - Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)
1993 - Russian space agency tests a 82-foot wide space mirror
1998 - Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium
Okay, that last item got my attention – why would anyone throw a cream pie at Bill Gates? Was is a WINDOWS user who was sick and tired of updates, costs, and security holes? Was someone steaming about income inequity? Nope, it was a Belgian -- Noël Godin, a writer, critic, actor and notorious pie thrower or entarteur -- with a slightly whacky sense of humor on a mission to bring down those who seem to have an inflated sense of self-importance.
Yes I was amused – but I still can sympathize with Bill Gates getting totally blindsided like that! I mean seriously, how would you like to be walking along, minding your own business, and suddenly wearing a pie all over your face, hair, and clothing?
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