Happy Birthday, Barbara Millicent Roberts!

Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.



This week, Mattel introduced many new faces to Barbie. Now, every little girl can find her hero.



Oreo Cookie Day


This day is recognized across the nation each year on March 6th.

The Oreo cookie is the best-selling cookie in the United States.

The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at its Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, the block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”

Juan Manuel Fangio – Kidnapped

Did you know…
On this day (February 23) in 1958, five-time Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina is kidnapped in Cuba by a group of Fidel Castro’s rebels.

Fangio was taken from his Havana hotel the day before the Cuba Grand Prix, an event intended to showcase the island nation. He was released unharmed several hours after the race. The kidnapping was intended to bring international embarrassment to Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, whose government Castro would overthrow on January 1, 1959.

OTD – February 21

On this day in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR, as it will come to be widely known–is officially incorporated. NASCAR racing will go on to become one of America’s most popular spectator sports, as well as a multi-billion-dollar industry.

On this day in 1885, the Washington Monument was formally dedicated, and three years later it was opened to the public, who were permitted to climb to the top of the monument by stairs or elevator. The monument was the tallest structure in the world when completed and remains today, by District of Columbia law, the tallest building in the nation’s capital.

The 555-foot-high marble obelisk was first proposed in 1783, and Pierre L’Enfant left room for it in his designs for the new U.S. capital. After George Washington’s death in 1799, plans for a memorial for the “father of the country” were discussed, but none were adopted until 1832–the centennial of Washington’s birth. Architect Robert Mills’ hollow Egyptian obelisk design was accepted for the monument, and on July 4, 1848, the cornerstone was laid. Work on the project was interrupted by political quarreling in the 1850s, and construction ceased entirely during the American Civil War. Finally, in 1876, Congress, inspired by the American centennial, passed legislation appropriating $200,000 for completion of the monument.

OTD – February 16th

On this day in 1912 — Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees…. oy vey.

On this day in 1946, the first commercial helicopter, the four-seat Sikorsky S51, single rotor helicopter first flew.

On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.

On this day in 1968, the first telephone system in the U.S. to use 911 as the universal emergency services telephone number was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

Born on this day in 1920, Brigadier General Anna V. Mae McCabe Hays!
First woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to be promoted to the rank of General.
She’s passed away in January of 2018. RIP, General!

And always remember…
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before. — Mae West