258 years ago . . . In 1756, DANIEL BOONE married 16-year-old Rebecca Bryan.  Their marriage lasted 56 years, and they had 10 children . . . including one named Jemima.  (True.)

113 years ago . . . In 1901, NURSE CLARA MAASS was so determined to prove YELLOW FEVER was spread by mosquitoes, she allowed herself to be bitten by one.  And she was right.  But, she was dead within two weeks.

79 years ago . . . In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the SOCIAL SECURITY ACT into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly . . . and eventually, the lazy.  (SOCIALIST!!!)

69 years ago . . . In 1945, WORLD WAR 2 ENDED with Japan's surrender.

61 years ago . . . In 1953, David Mullany Sr. noticed his 13-year-old son was having a difficult time playing baseball with tennis balls because he was always breaking windows and / or losing the balls on the school roof . . .

The kid also showed no skills throwing a curve ball.  So Mr. Mullany took a round-shaped perfume carton and poked holes into both halves of it.  When he threw the new "ball," it curved.  His amazing new invention was called the WIFFLE BALL.

43 years ago . . . In 1971, ROD STEWART released his first and greatest hit, "MAGGIE MAY".

27 years ago . . . In 1987, "DISORDERLIES" WAS RELEASED . . . STARRING THE FAT BOYS.

25 years ago . . . In 1989, BON JOVI'S album "New Jersey" became the first American album legally released in the Soviet Union.  The Russian label Melodiya paid the group with a TRUCKLOAD OF FIREWOOD since rubles couldn't leave Russia.

15 years ago . . . In 1999, acting far more like a GREASER than a SOC, fallen former teen idol LEIF GARRETT pleaded guilty to drug possession to get into a rehabilitation program.

14 years ago . . . In 2000, Riot police fired pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of 9,000 people at a free RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE concert outside the Democratic National Convention in L.A.

12 years ago . . . In 2002, DROWNING POOL'S lead singer, DAVE WILLIAMS, was found DEAD in the band's tour bus during the Ozzfest tour.  He was only 30 years old.  Drugs and alcohol were NOT the cause.  Dave died of cardiomyopathy . . . a disease of the heart muscle, for which he'd never been diagnosed.

11 years ago . . . In 2003, a BLACKOUT hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada . . . and 50 million people lost power.

Eight years ago . . . In 2006, BRUNO KIRBY . . . who played Billy Crystal's friend in both "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally" . . . died of complications from leukemia.  He was 57.