DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Jun. 20 - On this day in 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent on his Cotton Gin. More affordable than its costly and over-taxed cousin (which was distilled from grain alcohol and juniper berries), Cotton Gin quickly became the drink of choice among America's rural poor. This led to widespread outbreaks of Cotton Mouth, and eventually caused the Civil War.
It's the last day of spring.
It's the birthday of John Goodman (1952), Brian Wilson (1942), Danny Aiello (1933), Martin Landau (1931), Audie Murphy (1924), and Errol Flynn (1909).
It's Martyr's Day in Eritrea and, somewhat less disturbingly, West Virginia Day in West Virginia.
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