1878—The first White House telephone is installed. Some say you can still hear McKinley’s ghost on the other line late at night.
1917—Boys Town is founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha, Nebraska. But the town folds after all tax revenue is spent on candy and football cards.
1930—The National Hockey League abolishes the 20-minute slashing-about-the-head penalty. Decapitations rise 250 percent.
1959—The first color photograph of Earth is received from outer space. President Eisenhower thanks the Martians for the snapshot.
1978—President Carter more than doubles the national park system size, using dynamite to lengthen the Grand Canyon by 600 miles.