The author of Dracula, Jewel of the Seven Stars, The Lair of the White Worm, and other works, was born on this day–in 1847 (in Ireland).
Proof that fake news has been with us for a long time.
The Great Moon Hoax began on this day, in 1835. Published in six parts by the newspaper, The Sun, the articles claimed that a civilization had been discovered–living on the Moon.
Since we all could use a little humor in our lives, I’m making my book–The Little Things DO Suck!–free for the Kindle (through Sunday, Aug. 13).
We have a lot of big problems to deal with these days. This book is a collection of everyday, petty, ultimately unimportant, but very annoying little things we all deal with–bad drivers, wrong orders, rude people, product failures, family arguments, general ignorance, and disappointment.
It’s a great read to lose yourself in while you’re sitting on the toilet, waiting waaay to long at the doctor’s office, or stuck in the airport. You’ll see we are all affected by–or guilty of–the same annoying things.
President Richard Nixon resigned on this day–in 1974–following impeachment hearings after the Watergate Scandal.
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident occurred on this day–in 1964. It is a controversial encounter that drew the United States into the Vietnam War.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (aka NASA) was established on this day, in 1958.
On this day, in 1969, mankind set foot (or feet) on our celestial neighbor–and nightlight–the Moon.