On this date in 54 BC, the Roman Emperor Claudius I died,
Horace Hayden was born on this date, back in 1769. Horace became famous after founding the very first dental college in the U.S. Unfortunately, because of shoddy construction, after only 10 years the buildings needed braces.
On this date in 1775, the U.S. Navy was born.
The cornerstone laid was laid for the construction of The White House way back in 1792. The site was personally chosen by George Washington. No official name was given to the structure so it was known by a variety of titles including the "President's House" and "Executive Mansion." The exterior walls were made from sandstone reflecting a grayish-brown color, but when whitewashed in 1798, it prompted some popular usage of the term "White House." Here's more White House trivia:
Which president installed a toilet seat in the White House bearing his college emblem, the University Of Michigan? (Gerald Ford)
Which president had electric lights installed in the White House? (Benjamin Harrison)
Who was the first president to have a phone on his desk in the White House. (Herbert Hoover)
A bathtub and inside toilet were provided by which president? (Millard Fillmore)
President Theodore Roosevelt gave this structure its official name in what year? (1901)
There are 132 rooms and 32 bathrooms in the White House.
In 1860, the first aerial photograph was taken from a hot air balloon over Boston.
On this date in 1945, chocolate legend Milton Hersey died.
Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan turns 39, Former NFL receiver Jerry Rice turns 47, and Paul Simon turns 68 today!
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Michael Jackson's first new song since his death, "This Is It," is being offered on his website, MichaelJackson.com.
Fans are starting to sit out "Dancing with the Stars." The numbers continue to erode. Last week's numbers hadn't been that low since 2005.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are more than just good friends. The New England Genealogical Society says that they're actually distantly related: 10th cousins, once removed.
Marge Simpson posing for Playboy? Don't know how much she's going to reveal, but she's on the cover of the November issue, which comes out this weekend.
Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss battled breast cancer last year, but says he's cancer-free today.
Texas music legend Rusty Wier died last Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
Oprah Winfrey is facing a lawsuit from a flight attendant over allegations of a sky-high tryst on board the her private jet. Corrine Gehrls was allegedly fired for "inappropriate intimate behavior" with a pilot during a flight as Winfrey slept elsewhere in the cabin.
Meanwhile, Tara Reid has agreed to pose nude for a future issue. Does anyone care?
Heidi Klum has given birth to a brand-new baby girl that she and Seal have named, "Lou." This would be their 4th child together.
Cherry Jones, who played the president on "24" and her long-time girlfriend, Cheryl Paulson, have broken up. Cherry says it's the happiest breakup ever... whatever that means.
The IRS is making noise that Nicholas Cage owes $6 million in back taxes.
YouTube is now getting over a billion visitors a day. Yes, with a "b."
If you're looking for love, simply go to work. 40% of U.S. workers have dated someone who works in their office, with 31% eventually getting married, according to a new office romance survey from CareerBuilder.com. Here are some other results from the survey:
10% work with someone they would like to date.
18% have dated a co-worker twice or more at some time in their careers.
14% of men, but just 5% of women, say they would like to date a colleague.
Of those who dated a co-worker in the last year, 33% said it was someone with a more senior position in the company. Of these, 42% have dated their boss.
Nearly 75% said they did not have to keep their romance a secret.
7% said they had left a job due to an office romance.
So what do women and men really want? Women want a man who is interested in having a family, even if he isn't always Mr. Nice Guy. Men want a woman who is educated and a good financial prospect, even if she isn't a virgin. That's the word from two sociologists at the University of Iowa, who have attempted to answer the quaestion what do men and women want in a marriage partner? In the 1930s, men were seeking a dependable, kind lady who had skills in the kitchen. Now guys look for love, brains and beauty and a sizable salary. Women in the 1930s ranked emotional stability, dependable character and ambition as the top three characteristics they wanted in a man. Today, women, like men, put love at the top of the list, with dependability and emotional stability.
Teachers say they can identify the naughtiest kids, as well as the brightest kids and the most popular kids, on the first day of school* just by looking at their names. Bounty.com surveyed 3,000 school teachers and concluded that 49% "expect" children with certain names to have certain personality characteristics* and they have these expectations before they've ever met the kids.
Top 10 names of the naughtiest boys: Callum, Connor, Jack, Daniel, Brandon, Charlie, Kyle, Liam, Jake, Brooklyn.
Top 10 names of the naughtiest girls: Chelsea, Courtney, Chardonnay, Aleisha, Casey, Crystal, Jessica, Brooke, Demi and Aisha.
Top 10 names of the brightest boys: Alexander, Adam, Christopher, Benjamin, Edward, Matthew, Daniel, James, Harry and William.
Top 10 names of the brightest girls: Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emma, Hannah, Rebecca, Abigail, Grace, Alice, Anna and Sophie.
Top 10 names of the most popular boys: Jack, Daniel, Charlie, Callum, Benjamin, Connor, Adam, Alfie, Christopher and James.
Top 10 names of the most popular girls: Emma, Charlotte, Hannah, Anna, Caitlin, Chelsea, Courtney, Holly, Brooke and Jessica.