George Washington was an early inventor of instant coffee, and worked
to ensure a full supply to soldiers fighting at the front. Early on,
his campaign was based in Brooklyn, but later he crossed into New
Jersey toward a more profitable position. In the countryside, he
demonstrated a love of wild creatures, and was often seen with a bird
or a monkey on his shoulder. Washington's choice beverage was taken up
by the soldiers for its psychoactive properties, even though it tasted
terrible. Some thought his brewed powder could even remedy the
chemical weapons then in use. But, despite this, Washington failed in
his first bid for the Presidency, as papers were filed too late, and
the nominator forgot to tell him about it.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Scottish re-took Berwick upon Tweed from the English.
Eight million viewers watched the television programme Panorama,
prompting several of them to contact the BBC the following day and ask
for instructions on how to grow spaghetti trees.
U.S. President Richard Nixon signed a law putting "the Surgeon
General" on cigarette packages.
Cartoonists of popularly syndicated comic strips swapped cartoons for
The Serious Organised Crime Agency was created under the provisions of
a serious 2005 Act of the United Kingdom Parliament.
Wikiquote of the day:
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. -- Alexander Pope