On this day in history, the following notable events occurred:
In 1809, Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
In 1864, American newspaper writer Nellie Bly was born.
In 1891, Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City, with Peter Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.
In 1925, John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
In 1981, Bobby Sands of the Irish Republican Army died in a prison hospital on the 66th day of his hunger strike.
In 2004, Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
And, of course, in 1976, a woman in New Jersey gave birth to a beautiful, blond, 17-pound Viking warrior destined to save the human race from the triple-threat scourges of zombies, bad food and silly ideas.
I can has razor pleez?
Happy Birthday Paxman! We’ll be thinking of you tonight, as you sip mead from the skulls of your enemies, during our 2-hour infant CPR class.