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March 16th

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In 1802 the US Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York. It was originally going to be called East Point Military Academy, but the developers were holding the map upside down. To this day the Army hasn’t forgotten the shame and forces new recruits to spend a week memorizing directions and learning […]

March 13th

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In 1781 Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. People everywhere are thanking him for this discovery, as the lame planet jokes about Uranus are way more worthwhile than the actual planet. In 1877 Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff. Notice that his patent was for an earmuff, not earmuffs, Chester was slightly confused on human […]

March 12th

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In 1789 the U.S. Post Office was established. The first pieces of mail are still set for delivery, it’s believed that they will arrive within the next couple of years, but the recipient will be subject to a heavy fine for the incorrect amount of postage over the last 220 years. In 1857 “Simon Boccanegra” […]

March 11th

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In 537 the Goths began their siege on Rome. It’s not going to swell for them, though. They’ve managed to only conquer some parts of the Internet and all vampire fan-fiction related to Twilight. In 1302 the characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. Isn’t it ironic that in the […]

March 10th

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In 1629 England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11 years. In America the system is somewhat different, we elect officials to represent us, then they leave for a number of years and we never hear from them again. Unless they want money to be re-elected. Go democracy! In […]

March 9th

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In 1734 the Russians took Danzig (Gdansk) in Poland. I don’t think this is very possible, everyone knows that Danzig wasn’t formed until 1987, and they were from Jersey, not Poland. I think somebody is getting a little uppity and claiming they have discovered great names 253 years before they actually existed. Rather disappointed in […]