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September 19

William Lever was born in England on this day in 1851. In 1884 William and his brother James started making soap. And to make a long story short, the Lever Brothers really cleaned up.

This is National Dog Week, so pamper your pooch. How about a nice bubble flea dip?

Former major-league slugger Cecil Fielder is 38 today. I always loved to watch Cecil bat. I kept thinking one day he'd become the first hitter to break the ball.

This is National Farm Safety Week, a reminder to use a little common sense in the barnyard. For example, never ever yell "Hook 'em Horns!" to a Hereford bull while wearing red longjohns.

The Panic of 1873 began on this day in 1873. Not to be confused with the Panic of 1929, which didn't begin until 1929.

Otherwise, they were a lot alike. Banks failed, everybody went bankrupt. Oddly enough, the Panic of 1873 didn't affect car sales at all.

Mickey Mouse was born on this day in 1928, appearing in the Disney cartoon "Steamboat Willie." Mickey has worked long and hard for over 70 years, and he's not about to retire. In fact, he seems to enjoy the rat race.

The first U.S. advertisement for false teeth appeared in Boston on this date in 1768. In those days false teeth were very expensive, and most families could afford only one set. Meals took forever while everybody waited his turn to chew.

Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was kicked out of a New York hotel on this day in 1960 for cooking chickens in his suite. Which is just as well. Castro did not use Crisco and his chicken would have tasted greasy anyway.

Canada's first tavern opened in Quebec City on this date in 1648. Owner Jacques Boisdeon served a powerful brew called spruce beer, and customers who had too much were said to be "all spruced up." Today we get all spruced up to go out -- back then they got all spruced up to be thrown out.

On this day in 1960 a new dance craze was born with Chubby Checker’s song "The Twist." It became controversial when the Surgeon General determined that it would make your shorts bunch up.

Actor Adam West was born on this day in 1928. In the 1960s Adam played Batman on TV. As the years passed, he still looked pretty much the same, but his tights got a lot tighter.

General Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as U.S. President on this date in 1881. To decorate the White House East Room he ordered a silver ceiling from Tiffany's. At last report it was almost paid for.

"Sticks" Hornby was born in England on this day in 1949. They called her "Sticks" because she was so skinny. But as she matured and started modeling she became even skinnier, so they called her Twiggy.

Today Twiggy is 50 years old and skinnier than ever. If the middle-age spread doesn't start spreading soon, she may completely disappear.

On this day in 1960 Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was kicked out of a Manhattan hotel for plucking and cooking chickens in his suite. Suite chicken pluckers were frowned on in those days. Today they'd probably fit right in with the average convention group.

This is National Dog Week, a time to honor dogs everywhere. But remember, though they appreciate being honored, most dogs don't like being licked in the face.

TV's Batman, actor Adam West, was born on this date in 1928. He never went anywhere without his Batbelt, because it carried all of his secret weapons -- and held up his Bat-tights.

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