Thursday, September 29, 2016
1911: Italy declares war on the Ottomans. All they ever wanted was to be comfortable.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
1951: CBS makes the first color television available to the public, only to see it discontinued a few weeks later.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
1605: The Polish-Swedish War: The Swedish army, in a matter of minutes, is utterly defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian calvary in the Battle of Kircholm, while in the kitchen the Swedish meatball miraculously holds ground against the Polish sausage. All was not lost.
Monday, September 26, 2016
2008: Swiss Pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly across the English Channel in a winged jetpack of his own invention. Soon after, he flies over the Swiss Alps. Lucky he didn’t burn out his fuse up there alone…
His next mission? “To infinity and beyond!”
Sunday, September 25, 2016
1930: Marco’s favorite 20th century poet/songwriter/cartoonist/performer Shel Silverstein is born, presumably where the sidewalk begins.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
1979: Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which includes the first electronic mail service. They’re apparently still waiting for the interstate parties to catch on…
You checked your CS mail lately? Yeah neither have we. It’s been years. It’s probably all dusty and moldy and filled with venomous spiders.
CompuServe ad in Byte magazine, January 1983.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
1598: Playwright Ben Jonson, a contemporary of Billy Shakespeare, is arrested for killing an actor in a duel. Naturally, the actor only had his prop gun.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published. No Hobbits were harmed during the making.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1920: Spain establishes the Spanish Foreign Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army. It’s mascot? A goat… Really?