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 18, 1993

On January 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday was observed in all 50 states of the United States for the first time ever. Arizona, the last state to authorize the holiday, still didn’t want to, but did so … Continue reading

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January 17, 1740

On January 17, 1740, the Greatest German who ever lived, died. Who was this prodigious talent of a man? It was none other than Matthias Buchinger who was also known as Matthew Buckinger in England. Matthew Buckinger was a multi-talented … Continue reading

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January 16, 2012

On January 16, 2012, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin police arrested Michael West for domestic abuse. His wife, Rebecca, was crying and bleeding from the nose when they arrived. A drunk West said that they were arguing about finances when the … Continue reading

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January 15, 2011

On January 15, 2011, police in Titusville, Florida got a tip that helped them solve an arson at a home on North Dixie Avenue. While sifting through the wreckage of the burned home, they found a suspicious latex glove and … Continue reading

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January 14, 2019

On January 14, 2019, 30-year-old Bryan Duane Stewart of Milton, Florida became upset with his neighbors and threatened to “kill’em with kindness.” Kindness was Stewart’s machete. Stewart and his machete, Kindness, were subsequently subdued by sheriff deputies with a Taser … Continue reading

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January 13, 1547

On January 13, 1547, the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard was sentenced to death by Henry VIII of England. What got Henry Howard’s neck shortened? He added the arms of King Edward the Confessor to his coat of arms and … Continue reading

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January 12, 1998

On January 12, 1998, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning. The United States, Great Britain and Russia did not sign the accord. Russia said that technically if you combine bear DNA with human DNA, you weren’t actually cloning … Continue reading

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January 11, 1964

On January 11, 1964, after threats of lawsuits from the Tobacco Industry, US Surgeon General Luther Terry went ahead and issued the warning that smoking may be hazardous to a person’s health. He stated that smokers might get cancer and … Continue reading

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January 10, 1967

On January 10, 1967, Lester “Axe Handle” Maddox was inaugurated as the Governor of Georgia. I would like to say he was the last racist governor elected in Georgia, but I can’t. Sonny “Good Ol’ Boy” Perdue was elected in … Continue reading

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January 9, 1958

On January 9, 1958, NCAA Division I basketball team Cincinnati played Seton Hall and won the game 118 to 54. A point of interest has to be noted, future NBA Hall of Famer, Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati scored 56 points. … Continue reading

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