February 14, 1779- Captain Cook is Killed in Hawaii

    Talking about Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day would be too easy, so let’s instead turn to everyone’s favorite subject: death and dismemberment! Today’s victim: Captain James Cook, British explorer responsible for beginning the cultural erosion of the Hawaiian islands by setting into motion a complex series of social, cultural, and biological exchanges and…

January 31st, 1930: Scotch Tape Makes Its Marketing Debut

    Chances are if I held up a piece of clear, pressure sensitive, self-sticking tape and asked you what it was called, you’d reply pretty matter of factly that it’s Scotch Tape, and chances are you’dĀ  be right. Scotch brand clear tape, manufactured by the 3M company, is one of more than 400 varietiesĀ of…