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.

July 9, 1993

On July 9, 1993, Garry Hoy of Toronto performed the ultimate “Hey Y’all Watch This” maneuver. He was a lawyer, who also had an engineering degree, with an office on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower. When his firm… Continue reading

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July 8, 1709

On July 8, 1709, Peter I of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava. This effectively sent Sweden to the B-Team as a mover and shaker in Europe’s power struggles. The Swedes, while not very happy with the… Continue reading

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July 7, 1914

On July 7, 1914, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles, Jack Dunn, offered to sell 19 year-old, and future Hall of Famer, Babe Ruth as well as pitcher Ernie Shore and catcher Ben Egan to Connie Mack, the owner of the… Continue reading

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July 6, 1932

On July 6, 1932, Chicago Cubs baseball player, Billy Jurges, learned what happens when you dated crazy. His ex-girlfriend, Violet Valli, a singer/showgirl talked her way into his room at the Hotel Carlos in Chicago. Jurges had… Continue reading

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July 5, 1989

On July 5, 1989, British pop singer, Rod Stewart, performed a move usually reserved for heavy metal head bangers. At a performance in Pine Knob, Michigan, while singing, Stewart cut a corner too closely and banged his head into a… Continue reading

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July 4, 2019

On July 4, 2019, Mad Magazine announced it would stop publishing new material after 67 years of providing the sophomoric and infantile humor that 15-year old boys as well as men and women with a 15-year old boy’s sense of humor… Continue reading

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July 3, 1839

On July 3, 1839, the first state ‘normal school’ was opened in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was the forerunner to Framingham State University and had three students. All other schools before it were… Continue reading

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July 2, 1991

On July 2, 1991, Donald Trump proposed to Marla Maples and gave her a 7.5 carat diamond ring. He was still married to his first wife, Ivana, and would be until his divorce on March 22, 1992. When world famous psychic… Continue reading

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July 1, 1858

On July 1, 1858, a joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution was given to the Linnean Society in London, England. They all agreed that the papers and research were well thought out and… Continue reading

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June 30, 636

On June 30, 636, King Chinchilla (King Chintila) of Spain convoked the Fifth Council of Toledo. It was attended by twenty-two bishops and two episcopal representatives. The bishops of Narbonensis refused to attend for political… Continue reading

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