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September 13th is a Day of Firsts

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Today marked my first week of no coffee to start my day.  Been interesting but not too bad since I substituted iced tea in it’s place.  As I was reading through my show prep for this morning it became obvious that today was also a day of firsts in history.  For instance, on this date in  1849 Chris Lilly won his bare knuckle prize fight knocking out Tom McCoy, who died a short time later marking professional boxing’s first recorded ring fatality.

On this date in 1899, Henry Bliss was the first person to die as a result of an automobile accident when a car ran over him as he stepped off a street car.

On this date in 1922, the hottest temperature ever was recorded in Libya at 136 degrees (think we had a hot summer?).

In 1948 Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate becoming the first woman to serve both houses of Congress.

In 1965, the Beatles won their first Grammy for Best Group of 1964 with their album “A Hard Day’s Night”.

In1976, New Jersey became the first state to have a state regulated winning lottery number of three zeros (000).

And finally, in 1977 the first U.S. diesel-fueled automobiles were introduced by General Motors. They were the Oldsmobile 88 and 98.

So if you have been holding back on being first to do something, today might be a good day to begin it.

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