Thursday, January 8, 2009

January 8th Happenings: National Debt Was Once $0 and a Former National Retires

On this day in 1835, the United States' national debt was zero for the first and only time. No wonder Andrew Jackson, the President at the time, has long been on the $20 bill. Nevermind all the other things he did, like defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, help found the Democratic Party and sign the Indian Removal Act (I didn't say everything he did was good.)

Shedd's Spot's west coast bureau forwarded this news to the home office today. Former Nationals pitcher John Patterson has annouced his retirement. Patterson showed glimpes of greatness during the Nationals innaugural season in 2005, but injuries have hampered his career since then. Read more about it here.

1 comment:

  1. I think John Patterson married Miss DC, or something like that, which will probably go down as the highlight of his baseball career. Unless she's dumped him...