This first one, as far as I am concerned, changed the world:
1836 Samuel Colt patents the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf
Mr. Colt's invention of the revolving cylinder really did change things. Before that, no one could fire more times than the number of barrels that their firearm had. So, if someone wanted to fire six fast shots, he needed to lug around a heavy six barreled gun. . . Gee, I wonder if they ever made a six barrel rifle or shotgun? I do know they made multiple barreled small handguns, but Colt's six-shooter changed everything because it was also much more accurate than many of the multiple barreled ones at the time.
The next one is not as much to my liking, it is an amendment to the Constitution making income tax legal. Have you done your income taxes yet or are you going to put it off until the last minute like I usually do?
1913 The 16th Amendment to the constitution is adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf
Speaking of taxes, Oregon put the first tax on gasoline. Now it wasn't that bad back then and one cent per gallon, but it sure didn't stay at a low level for long.
1919 Oregon introduces the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf
The following are the current highest and lowest rates in the US
U.S. Gas Taxes (cents per gallon)
|State||Gas Taxes/Fees (cpg)||Diesel Taxes/Fees (cpg)|
(The first two are the highest rates)
New York Gas - 69.6 cents/gal Diesel - 75.1 cents/galCalifornia Gas - 69.0 cents/gal Diesel - 79.5 cents/gal
(These last two are the lowest rates)
|Alaska||Gas - 26.4||cents/gal Diesel - 32.4 cents/gal|
|South Carolina Gas -||35.2||cents/gal Diesel - 41.2 cents/gal|
OK, now I am wondering if all that collect tax actually goes into road repair and new roads? When you consider how many vehicles are on the roads and how many miles they travel and how much fuel they use, our roads ought to be paved with gold, don't you think? Now have a great day, you hear?