Author Archives: Joel Byers

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.

May 23, 1785

On May 23, 1785, US Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin announced that he had invented bifocals, which were glasses that would allow a person to see both far away and up close. He also announced that for $18.99, he … Continue reading

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May 22, 1892

On May 22, 1892, American dental surgeon and inventor of toothpaste, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the collapsible toothpaste tube. And just so you know, Dr. Sheffield, the inventor of the toothpaste tube, quickly put to rest the question of ‘do … Continue reading

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May 21, 1471

On May 21, 1471, King Henry VI was killed in the Tower of London. His cousin Edward IV became his successor. With all the kings, princes, queens, princesses, and other nobility killed in the Tower of London, you’d think that … Continue reading

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May 20, 1774

On May 20, 1774, Britain passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. All American colonists were immediately prohibited from drinking coffee. Tea was to be the caffeinated beverage of choice. Also, rum was … Continue reading

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May 19, 1935

On May 19, 1935, T. E. Lawrence, famed British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat, and writer died in England from the injuries he received in a motorcycle crash. Before his accident, he had received international fame for the books written about … Continue reading

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May 18, 1949

On May 18, 1949, Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated. Members of the Association agreed to self-police in the selling of certain manuscripts to the general public. It was agreed that all works by Abdul Alhazred were to … Continue reading

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May 17, 1964

On May 17, 1964, the first Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opened in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton. This was a big deal in Canada. It is like when the first Starbucks opened in Seattle, Washington, or, … Continue reading

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May 16, 1914

On May 16, 1914, the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas. Also, in 1914, the first hand-grenades were used during World War I by the British. But it took almost 60 years before the two … Continue reading

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May 15, 2018

On May 15, 2018, the “Laurel versus Yanney” disagreement hit social media. An audio file went global as people argued over what was being said. Intelligent people with jobs and who were proven to be responsible and could be trusted … Continue reading

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May 14, 1853

On May 14, 1853, Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patented his process for condensed milk. That’s right, his process. In 1853, Gail was a boy’s name. Well, it really wasn’t, but he was Gail Borden, Jr. Which … Continue reading

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