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Looking for a reason to party?  Well, although they may not be official holidays, there really is a lot to be happy about today.  Back in 1214, The University of Oxford (England, in case the Tribe is all UP in arms) was granted it charter by King John, the brother of Richard the Lionhearted.

Oxford

The US Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States in 1756; sure it’s pretty cool, but can it balance a ball on its nose?

Seal

Victoria became Queen in 1837 at the age of 18.

Queen Victoria

Samuel Morse was granted his telegraph patent and the world could communicate a little better.

Morse and telegraph

West Virginia became a state in 1863 after the 88 western counties of Virginia seceded from the state that had seceded from the Union.

Kanawa falls

In 1877, Alexander Graham Bell installed the first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Of course, there were only two phones!

Bell

Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and step-mother in 1893.  You know the old rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took and ax, gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.”  Actually, she only whacked her step-mother 18 or 19 times and her dad 11.  Poets, always stretching the truth!

Andrew

And in 1948, The Ed Sullivan Show appeared for the first time.  But, it wasn’t called that, it was called The Toast of the Town.

Ed and The Beatles

So, now you have it!

Don’t say there’s no reason to party.

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