It Happened On #81

It’s Monday again. I wonder if anyone will ever like Mondays

Poor Monday’s. They’re like the kid who always got picked last in gym, and Fridays are like the prom king/queen

It happened on December 17 1903…near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight

Also on December 17 On December 17, 1979, Hollywood stuntman Stan Barrett blasts across a dry lakebed at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in a rocket- and missile-powered car, becoming the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land. He did not set an official record, however. The radar scanner was acting up, and so Barrett’s top speed–739.666 miles per hour by the most reliable measure–was only an estimate. Also, he only drove his rocket car across the lakebed once, not twice as official record guidelines require. And, none of the spectators heard a sonic boom as Barrett zoomed across the course

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 17 1969, the Bank of Canada plans to print new bank notes with portraits of former Prime Ministers to replace Queen. Laurier appears on $5, Macdonald on $10, King on $50, and Borden on $100. The $20 still has the Queen

Bills in circulation today

Bills in circulation today

Bills before 1969

Bills before 1969

Canada now has plasticy $100, $50, and $20 bills

Canada also had a $1000 bill but was taken out of circulation – much like the $1 and $2 bill. The $1 and $2 were replaced with coins. I don’t like coins


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