While you were busy waking up and I was busy making coffee, March 23rd was busy celebrating its awesomeness. Because there are so many cool things about today that it takes an entire 24 hours to enjoy. There is no sleeping in for March 23rd.
Way back in 1066, Halley’s Comet made its 18th recorded appearance. Apparently, it had been appearing for a much longer time but nobody thought to make a note.
In 1490 on March 23, the first dated edition of Maimonides “Mishneh Torah” was published.
In 1743, Handel’s Messiah premiered in London. The king was so moved by the Hallelujah chorus he stood for it. That’s why we stand at performances of the Hallelujah chorus to this day.
In 1775, Patrick Henry proclaimed “Give me liberty or give me death.” He was speaking in favor of Virginian troops joining the Revolutionary War. (They did).
In 1836 Franklin Beale invented the coin press—so apparently we can thank Ol’ Frank for us having to carry pennies around.
Then on March 23, 1839, the Boston Morning Post used OK (oll correct) for the first time. And that’s OK with me.
Just a year later, Draper took the first successful photo (which was really a daguerreotype) of the moon.
In 1857, Elisha Otis (of the now famous Otis elevator) installed the first elevator.
In 1861, the first tramcars began operating in London.
In 1881, gas lamps set fire to the Nice (France) opera house. This is the first known instance of people being sung to death.
In 1903, the Wright brothers get a patent on their airplane.
In 1912, the Dixie cup was invented.
In 1922, the first airplane lands at the US capitol in WDC. Which is pretty cool considering how recently the airplane had been invented.
In 1929, the first telephone is installed in the White House. It is black. And it’s weird to think DC had the plane before the phone.
In 1994, Joey Buttafuoco is released from jail. Absolutely no one cares. Also Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL record with 802 goals scored. Lots of people care.
And it’s today. Happy today!