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.