November 7, 1991 – Magic Johnson shocks the world with his announcement of being HIV positive. The Moral Majority, led by that TV evangelist with hair, is quoted as saying, “This is the most terrible thing to hit our nation. We plan to protest HIV and have Congress draft a law against everyone who markets it!” They later apologized for their outburst after learning HIV is a disease and not, as they previously thought, an addictive hair product.
November 8, 1895 – German physicist and cat lover Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen accidentally discovers X-rays during experiments on cat hair. He was trying to discover a way to make cat hair glow while passing it through glass, when he saw a nearby chemically coated screen glowing. He called the discovery X-rays because of their unknown nature.
This just in: We’ve learned that it was not cat hair Rontgen was experimenting with, but instead “cathode rays.” We don’t know what a cathode ray is but we’re sure it would make good cat litter.
November 10, 1969 – The popular children’s series “Sesame Street” debuts. It’s also where one of this historian’s favorite catch phrases comes from, “Hidey-ho, Kermit the Frog here!” We love you, Kermit, and miss your creator Jim Henson.
November 12, 1954 – Ellis Island closes. Politicians believed the future of American immigration would be on our southern border with Mexico. Turns out they were right.
November 11, 1918 – Peace broke out. The French were tired of being out of style, what with all the uniforms, and wanted World War 1 to end so they could regain control of the world’s supply of snobbery. Also, they were out of cheese.
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