The Moron's Daily Briefing

Jun. 12 - The Swiss Army Knife was patented on 105 years ago today, on June 12, 1897. It was the fruit of centuries of Swiss research, development, and testing. Its release was heralded as the dawn of a new golden age of Swiss technology. Switzerland may not have won a war since, but they've never been caught without a corkscrew.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, the personal physician to Louis XIV, performed the first blood transfusion in history on this day in 1667. He performed the transfusion on a fifteen year old boy, using blood from a sheep. The experiment was considered a success, although it was clearly a disappointment if you were rooting for the sheep.

Former president George H.W. Bush is 78 today. Also celebrating birthdays are Marv Albert, Jim Nabors, and Anne Frank.

It's Flag Day in New Zealand and Luxembourg, and Independence Day in the Philippines and Russia. Wyatt Earp's Birthday is celebrated in Monmouth, Illinois, today.

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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