This Weekend In History…..

Polio Vaccine…..

February 23, 1954…..

Inoculation of children with Jonas Salk‘s polio vaccine begins in Pittsburgh. Nation wide testing began two months later. It was the first successful vaccine for the dreaded disease. Before the vaccine, there were about 15,000 cases of paralysis and 1,900 deaths annually from polio in the U.S. Salk chose to not patent the vaccine in order to maximize its distribution. When asked who owned the patent, Salk replied, “Well, the people I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” It is estimated the patent would have been worth billions had it been patented.

Vietnam War – Tet Offensive…..

February 24, 1968…..

The Tet Offensive ends as U.S. and South Vietnamese forces recapture the capital of Hue. It was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War.

Taxation – 16th Amendment Goes Into Effect…..

February 25, 1913……

The 16th amendment goes into effect, giving the U.S. Congress the power to lay and collect income taxes.

Dad Joke Of The Day!

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m terrified of elevators!….Every day I take steps to avoid them!

Dad Joke Of The Day!

What’s an astronaut’s favorite part of a computer?…..The space bar!

On This Day…..

Daytona International Speedway….. February 22, 1959….. The Daytona International Speedway opens. It was built by Bill France, Sr., who had previously founded NASCAR (1948) and went on to build the Talladega Superspeedway (1969).France refused to sell Coca-Cola products at Daytona Speedway because they turned him down when he was raising money to build Daytona. He then went to…

Dad Joke Of The Day!

Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?…..Because of his coffin!

On This Day…..

Malcolm X Assassinated….. February 21, 1965….. As he was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity, someone in the audience yelled, “N–ger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards tried to end the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun and two…

On This Day…..

First American to Orbit the Earth…… February 20, 1962…… John Glenn in the Friendship 7. Glenn circled the globe three times in 4 hours and 56 minutes, reaching speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour. The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery in the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Dad Joke Of The Day!

How many ears does Spock have?…..3…a left ear, a right ear, and a final frontier!

On This Day…..

Battle of Iwo Jima….. February 19, 1945….. U.S. troops land on Iwo Jima. With more than 7,000 U.S. troops killed, it was one of the costliest battles of World War II. The famous raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi would take place four days later. The battle lasted till March 26th.

Dad Joke Of The Day!

I got a call from my landlord over the weekend…he wants to talk to me about my extremely high heating bills…I said sure, stop by anytime…my door is always open!