The greatest TV series of all-time–premiered on this day, in 1959.
The world is crazy, but maybe my humor book, The Little Things DO Suck!, will help you forget about the big stuff for a bit–maybe while you’re on the toilet, at the doctor’s office, or waiting for your flight.
Check it out! (It even has two 5-star ratings).
One of the most important laws went into effect on this day–in 1964.
The Diamond Sutra, is believed to be the oldest known printed book. It is dated to May 11, 868.
On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.
Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies.
But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.
Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.
The world is crrrrraaazzy.
As a result, I’ve made my humor book–The Little Things DO Suck!–only 99c for awhile. Maybe it can help ease some of the anxiety many of us are feeling these days.
It is available on a bunch of ebook seller websites. Just click on the annoyed cat below.
During the War of 1812, British forces burned down the Capital Building–and its 3,000 volume library.
Thomas Jefferson sold Congress his own collection–which consisted of over 6,500 volumes–thus insuring that the future United States would continue to have a Library of Congress.