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.

January 26, 1947

On January 26, 1947, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” was first heard on ABC radio. No, it wasn’t “Lord of the Rings”. Tolkien’s masterpiece wouldn’t be published until 1954 and 1955. Close Bookmark and Share This Page Save to Browser Favorites … Continue reading

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January 25, 1840

On January 25, 1840, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, commander of the United States Exploring Expedition became the first person to identify Antarctica as a new continent. Subsequent explorers confirmed his finding. Wilkes did not see any giant mutated penguins, nor was … Continue reading

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January 24, 1965

On January 24, 1965, former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill died at the age of 90 after living a life of eating too much, drinking too much, smoking too much and poking others, both friend and enemy, with his … Continue reading

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January 23, 2018

On January 23, 2018, twelve camels were disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel Beauty Contest in Saudi Arabia. Why? It was discovered that their owners had used botox on the camel’s lips to make them bigger and poutier.

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January 22, 1908

On January 22, 1908, Katie Mulcahey was arrested for smoking in public in New York City, becoming the first victim of the 1-day old “Sullivan Ordinance” which banned women from smoking in public. She was fined $5 dollars. When she … Continue reading

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January 21, 2002

On January 21, 2002, fifty people in Goma, Congo died stupidly. They were trying to steal gasoline from elevated fuel tanks at a gas station when lava ignited the tanks and killed them. That’s right, lava caused the fuel tanks … Continue reading

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January 20, 1949

On January 20, 1949, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave 20 year old movie star, Shirley Temple, a tear gas fountain pen. She was James Bond before Sean Connery was James Bond.

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January 19, 1861

On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. They said all the cool kids were doing it. They weren’t. It was the usually quartet of troublemakers South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. You know, the ones that sit in … Continue reading

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January 18, 1997

On January 18, 1997, Boerge Ousland of Norway became the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. He did not find ‘the Ice Wall’, alien space ships, or an entrance in the ground that would enable him to access … Continue reading

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January 17, 1991

On January 17, 1991, Harald V became king of Norway following the death of his father, Olav V. Harald is currently still the king. I know what you’re thinking, NORWAY HAS A KING?! He doesn’t have any real power in … Continue reading

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