Have You Heard, it was 75 years ago today (9/16/1940) that President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the first peacetime draft in U.S. History.
The law required that men between the ages of 21 and 35 register with local draft boards.
After Pearl Harbor, that was expanded to all men between 18 and 65.
20 years before that (1920), suspected anarchists blew up up a bomb in a horse-drawn wagon in the financial district of New York City.
The “Wall Street Bombing” killed 38 people and injured hundreds of others.
The actual terrorists responsible for the bombing were never caught.
Exactly 300 years before that, the Pilgrims boarded the “Mayflower” and left England for the New World.
B.B. King was born 90 years ago today.
Lauren Bacall was born exactly one year earlier (9/16/1924).
Both died at the age of 89.
J.C. Penney was born 125 years ago today in Hamilton, Missouri.
Just after the turn of the century, he opened his first stores out west.
In 1913, the stores took the J.C. Penney name.
There are now more than 1,000 Penneys.
J.C. died in 1971 at the age of 91.
Xerox introduced the first successful photo-copier 56 years ago today.
Today is Working Parents Day, Stepfamily Day and Guacamole Day!
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