March 14th was the day in history when…
1997: President Clinton tripped and tore up his knee requiring surgery. The President was visiting the Florida home of professional golfer, Greg Norman. While going down a staircase Clinton missed a step and fell, popping his knee. The President underwent two hours of surgery later in the day to repair the torn ligament in his right knee.
1964: Dallas jury sentenced Jack Ruby to death in Lee Harvey Oswald murder. Oswald had been arrested two days earlier, accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. As the suspect was being transferred to another jail Jack Ruby approached and shot Oswald in the side. Ruby was immediately detained, arrested, and charged with Oswald’s murder. On this date Ruby was found guilty and sentenced to death.
1794: Eli Whitney patents cotton gin. Whitney invented a machine that separated the seeds from the cotton, preparing it to be made into fabric. Unfortunately the inventor did not immediately patent his creation and it was quickly replicated and sold by others. Despite the patent Whitney did not make money from his cotton gin until 1807.
1952: David Byrne – vocalist, “Talking Heads”
1951: Rick Dees – radio DJ
1947: Billy Crystal – actor
1879: Albert Einstein – scientist
Notable People Lost:
1992: C V Wood, Jr – theme park developer (Disneyland)
1986: Marlin Perkins – TV host
1883: Karl Marx – German philosopher
Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Children's Craft Day
Celebrate Scientists Day
Learn about Butterflies Day
Organize Your Home Office Day
National Potato Chip Day
Save a Spider Day
Thought for the day: How do you handcuff a one-armed man?
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