On September 24th, 1968 the prime-time American television news show 60 Minutes debuted; created by Don S. Hewitt and featuring such reporters as Mike Wallace, it became one of the most successful programs in broadcast history.
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Quick Fact of the day: Wrestling Abe Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was once declared a wrestling champion. Out of 300 matches he lost one and he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Lincoln was also a licensed bartender. He’s the only licensed bartender to ever become president of the United States.
On this day: A mess finally stopped
On September 19th 2010 the Deepwater Horizon well was declared sealed after nearly exactly five months of leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion occurred on April 20th 2010 and killed 11 men and created one of the largest environmental crises in history.
Quick Fact of the day: Some Sun
The sun makes up more than 99% of the mass in our solar system and one million earth’s could fit inside the sun.
The AHS Coven House was built in 1856
Thanks to American Horror Story: Coven this elaborate home with over 40 columns and three ballrooms is one of the most famous houses in New Orleans. It is located in the gorgeous oak tree lined Garden District of the city. It is officially known as The Buckner Mansion.
The home was built in 1856 by Henry Sullivan Buckner who made his fortune from cotton. It served as the Buckner home until they sold it in 1923. After that it became the Soule Business School until it closed in 1983, not quite Miss Robicheaux’s Academy. Rumor has it that the house is haunted, so a bit closer to the series.
Tours of the house aren’t available but if you would like to see this gorgeous home you can find in at 1410 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130. For more to do on a visit to New Orleans check out neworleans.com
We answer this panhandle meme
Allow us to answer thr memes question…or at least what used to go on there. The panhandle area was Spanish territory until 1821 when it became part of independent Mexico. The Republic of Texas then claimed it when it claimed independence. When Texas became a state in 1845 it surrendered its claim because slavery was prohibited north of 36°30′ latitude by the Missouri Compromise of 1820. 36°30′ became the Panhandle’s southern boundary. Its northern border at 37° was set in 1854 by the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise and allowed Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves if they would be slave or free.
For 40 years (1850 – 1890) it was known as The Public Land Strip and most people just called it no man’s land. It wasn’t possible claim land there so squatters populated the area and it was anarchy. Thousands of people came for a basically lawless area filled with moonshine and brothels. One town was called Beer City and was known as “the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Plains.”
George Washington owned and operated a distillery
The first president of the United States had a lot on his plate…and in his cup apparently. George Washington owned and operated one of the largest distilleries in the country at the time. It was located in Mount Vernon, Virginia and produced 11,000 gallons in 1799 of mostly whiskey.
Today there are around 2,000 distilleries in the United States and at least one in every state.
Quick Fact of the day: Not a FLAME-ingo
Flamingos aren’t naturally pink. They are actually born born a dull gray. The pinkish hue comes from beta carotene, a red-orange pigment that’s found in high numbers within the algae, larvae, and brine shrimp that flamingos eat in their wetland environment.
Today we mourn the 2,977 victims that died 20 years ago during the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
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On this day in history: X files
On September 10th 1993 “The X-Files”, created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuted on Fox.