Friday Fun: The Absurd, The Serious, And The (Nearly) Useless In History Trivia
On this day in…
– 1698, “Russia’s Peter the Great [right] imposed a tax on beards.” … I’m surprised that no politician over the last few nights accused the Democrats of potentially doing this if they win in November. Sigh. …The NYT entry I just pasted leaves this bit of trivia vague in comparison to Wikipedia’s: “In an effort to move his people away from archaic customs, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards.”
– 1882, “The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.” … I feel silly bringing this up, but were there any parades on Labor Day this year? Or is the entire day now simply spent on vacation or at the ballpark?
– 1906, “The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin).” … This is candidate #1 for your Useless Information of the Day.
– 1939, “The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.” … Ah, history has a way of making a mockery of us, doesn’t it?
– 1960, “The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor [left] is elected as the first President of Senegal.” … Has a poet ever been elected president of any country since? And I don’t mean “poets who didn’t know it.”
– 1997, “Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.” … Boy, a certain connection to Mother Teresa was worked over at the RNC last night, yes? I wonder what audience was being pandered to—hmm…