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.

November 24, 1615

On November 24, 1615, French King Louis XIII married Ann of Austria. They were both fourteen years old. Many non-historians have pointed to the relatively young age of some of the royal weddings to insisted that everyone was getting married … Continue reading

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November 23, 1963

On November 23, 1963, the BBC broadcast “An Unearthly Child” starring William Hartnell. This was the first episode of the first story of the first series of “Doctor Who”, which has become the longest running television science fiction feature. It … Continue reading

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November 22, 1985

On November 22, 1985, the largest swearing-in ceremony for new citizens happened in Los Angeles, California. 38,648 immigrants became US citizens. The people who were going to live in New York and New Jersey were required to used #$&@, *^&&$!!(*^%^, … Continue reading

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November 21, 1676

On November 21, 1676, famous Danish astronomer Ole Romer presented the first quantitative measurement of the speed of light. He said it was “Hurtigere end smurt gåseskit” which equated to 212,000 km/s. This was amazingly close for 1676, as the … Continue reading

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November 20, 1983

On November 20, 1983, an estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After”. This movie depicted the outbreak and some of the consequences of nuclear war. Forty-two year old Wyoming Congressman, Dick Cheney, was watching that … Continue reading

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November 19, 1969

On November 19, 1969, Apollo 12’s astronauts, Charles Conrad and Alan Bean, made mankind’s second landing on the Moon. It really happened contrary to what idiot flat-earthers believe. Why did America go back so fast after the first landing on … Continue reading

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November 18, 1883

On November 18, 1883, American and Canadian railroads, with the cooperation of their federal governments, instituted five standard continental time zones, which ended the confusion of thousands of separate local times. That’s right, in the United States and Canada, cities … Continue reading

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November 17, 1973

On November 17, 1973, then US President Richard Nixon told the AP news-source “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” Well, history knows how that turned out. He was … Continue reading

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November 16, 1581

On November 16, 1581, crazy Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, grew angry and physically assaulted his daughter-in-law, Yelena Sheremeteva, for wearing ‘unconventionally’ light clothing. Ivan’s son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich heard his wife’s screams and rushed in to protect her. … Continue reading

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November 15, 1904

On November 15, 1904, King C. Gillette patented the Gillette razor blade. Men and women still use the disposable razor blades today. Nothing twisted about this post except FOR HIS NAME! Somebody’s momma named their baby King. What did they … Continue reading

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