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History Trivia & Comment: The Fun, The Useless, The Serious (12/7/2007)

December 7, 2007

On this day in…

1930, “W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The broadcast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.” … Wait, did the orchestra supply company? 😉 … So TV commercials are 77 years old. Wow. I wonder if I.J. Fox is still around?

1941, “World War II: Canada declares war on Finland, Hungary, Romania, and Japan.” … With apologies to my Canadian readers, I’ll bet that the Japanese, Finlanders, Hungarians, and Romanians were shaking in their boots! Bring on the Mounties.

1963, “Videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast, during and Army-Navy football game.” … Wait, but if the telecast was live, wouldn’t the replay be impossible?!

1970, “The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats.” … Boy, that move toward democracy really took hold.

1972, “America’s last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.” … This reminds me: My great grandmother, on my mom’s side, never believed that humans landed on the moon. Does anyone else have family members or friends who are still in denial about the moon missions and landings?

1998, “Atty. Gen. Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of President Bill Clinton over 1996 campaign financing.” … Does anyone else still think of Saturday Night Live’s skits when you think of her? Man I loved those skits.

1999, “The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.” … Man, that is so 8 years ago. [Aside: How’s that for a worthless, ubiquitous observation on my part?!). … Napster feels to me now the same way Cabbage Patch Dolls do. I shrug my shoulders in their general direction.

2001, “John P. Walters [left] is sworn in as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).” … Useless Information of the Day. Totally worthless. You can thank Wikipedia for this. – TL

[Sources: Chicago Tribune, NYT, Wikipedia]

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