Today in history, the English parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church in 1534.
The radio play “The War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS in 1938. (The live drama, which employed fake breaking news reports, panicked some listeners who thought the portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.)
In 1945, the U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.
In 1953, Gen. George C. Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize for originating the Marshall Plan.
In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, known as the “Rumble in the Jungle” to regain his world heavyweight title.
But the reason we celebrate this day in history is because of Granny. She is an example of strength, beauty, patience and humor to everyone lucky enough to know her. I’m instituting Magpie Day, henceforth, in honor of her birthday. Happy Magpie Day, everyone!