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The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available "almost every day." Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790.

When Ben Franklin was 7 years old he blew all of his money (several pennies) on a whistle. He was so excited about the whistle that he forgot to ask how much it was and offered the merchant all the pennies he had in trade. His brother reprimanded him when he got home and said that Ben had overpaid for the whistle and could have got a whistle and candy as well.

Sadly, arguments about money are one of the best predictors of divorce, according to a 2009 study of 2,800 couples.

Roughly 70% of homes that are occupied by their owners have a mortgage.

On July 18, 1782, James Hoban was awarded $500 for his design of the White House (called the President's House back then) and was also asked to oversee its construction. He beat out many competitors for the prize money, including Thomas Jefferson who had entered the competition under a different name!

Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie company once worked for Saks Fifth Avenue as a stock clerk. Even though he was promoted to supply manager in 1961 and given a salary of $85 a week he dreamed of higher achievements.

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January 11, 1902 "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time. Initially, there were only five subscribers paying $1.00 per year and a few hundred others who paid a nickel at newsstands for the weekly issue. Today the magazine has 1.2 million subscribers.

February 13, 1866 Jesse James holds up his 1st bank in Liberty, MO, his take was $15,000.

March 21, 1981 A procession was planned for Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding. Standing room spaces along the parade route were being offered from $200.00 each.

June 5, 1865 The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.

July 4, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden. Sharon created the Ozzfest summer touring festival, Ozzfest grossed $20 million each year under her management.

August 3, 1933 The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.

October 19, 1818
The Chickasaw Indians sold all their lands north of the southern boundary of Tennessee for $300k (to be paid over 15 years) in a treaty completed on this day.

November 22, 1908
The U.S. Postal Service bought automobiles in order to facilitate rural delivery and ensure the mail always gets through.

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