Prevously On… is a new feature here on Elbow Deep. We started this yesterday. Basically, it will be historical events, sporting accomplishments, weird shit and interesting facts that occurred on [insert date here] in the past.
Today is October 9th. The 282nd day of the year. Smack dab in the heart of football season and playoff baseball, the perfect time to get fat and drunk. You know who else enjoyed cold weather and overindulging on food/drink? The Vikings, that’s who.
HAPPY LEIF ERIKSON DAY. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?
Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.
1865 – First U.S. underground oil pipeline A five-mile stretch of line is completed by Samuel Van Syckel in Pennsylvania.
1888 – Washington Monument, the first national monument to honor George Washington, is opened to the public.
1890 – First manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. French inventor Clément Ader, during secret military tests, flies his batwing monoplane about 8 inches off the ground for 160 feet (50 meters), crashing on landing. However, his craft was not well controlled, leaving controlled flights to later aviators. This was thirteen years before the Wright brothers.
The Wright brothers are laughing at you, bro.
1904 – The American Tobacco Co. is established.
1946 – George Adamski witnesses a large cigar-shaped mother ship “UFO”. This was the first in a series of his famous sightings, including the one that made him one of the first abductees.
1992 – First birth-control shot for women is announced by scientists in India. It is effective for a full year.
I think we found our champion for October 9th.
1992 – A 30-pound meteorite strikes a parked car in New York. It penetrated the car leaving a small crater underneath.
2006 – North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
Jackson Browne, John Lennon, Rube Marquard, Charles X, Alfred Dreyfus, Joe Pepitone, Mike Singeltary, Stacey Donovan, Jimbo Fisher, Eddie Guerrero (RIP), Nick Swardson, Brian Roberts, Juan Dixon, Bo the Dog,