155 years ago . . . In 1859, the Crazy French stuntman THE GREAT BLONDIN crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope, carrying another man on his shoulders.

120 years ago . . . In 1894, Congress established "LA MIGRA"!  (The Bureau of Immigration)

94 years ago . . . In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th AMENDMENT, which guaranteed the right of all American women to take a very short break from making sandwiches to go vote.

52 years ago . . . In 1962, RINGO STARR washed the grease from his hair, said good-bye to Rory Storme's Hurricanes, and SIGNED ON WITH THE BEATLES.  Ringo is HUGE in Japan, ya know.

52 years ago . . . In 1962, PETER, PAUL & MARY'S "IF I HAD A HAMMER" WAS RELEASED!

41 years ago . . . In 1973, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS' "CHINA GROVE" WAS RELEASED!  FYI:  A "Doobie" is a fun way to refer to a "marijuana cigarette".

37 years ago . . . In 1977, eighteen white limousines and a white hearse drove through the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, to take ELVIS to his not-so-final resting place.  The number of flowers delivered by FTD to Graceland surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history.

28 years ago . . . In 1986, BON JOVI RELEASED "SLIPPERY WHEN WET"!

22 years ago . . . In 1992, Nirvana's KURT COBAIN and Hole's COURTNEY LOVE became parents to Frances Bean.

22 years ago . . . In 1992, Boston Celtics honky superstar LARRY BIRD announced his retirement.  In his 13 seasons he was MVP three times, played in 12 All-Star Games and hit double figures in points, rebounds and assists 69 honky times.  And he did all that WITHOUT getting AIDS!

Nine years ago . . . In 2005, BTK killer DENNIS RADER was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.