Having a Ball
[D has just gotten out a bag of pretzels]
E: Ooh! My favorite!
What are those?
This Day In History
SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.
Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's N.Y. World's Fair opening day ceremonial address.
Operation Mincemeat: HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer.
The Aldene Connection opens in Roselle Park, NJ, shutting down the CNJ's Jersey City waterfront terminal and transferring commuters to Newark Penn Station.
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.
Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, French educational reformer, Catholic saint (d. 1719)
Queen Mary II of England (d. 1694)
David Thompson, Canadian explorer (d. 1857)
Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician (d. 1855)
Kaspar Hauser, German mystery boy (d. 1833)
Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)
Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
Claude E. Shannon, American engineer and mathematician (d. 2001)
Willie Nelson, American musician
Larry Niven, American science fiction author
Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
Kirsten Dunst, American actress