1270 B.C. First powerboat is invented. But there is no way to get it on the water since the trailer hitch will not be invented for another 2,800 years.
1269 B.C. Bob Nordskog enters-and wins-his first powerboat race.
1268 B.C. Motor Boating & Sailing publishes its first article on Don Aronow.
1492. Columbus lands in America . His ships are inspected by the Coast Guard and he is fined for not having a bell.
1513. Juan Ponce de Leon fails in his search for the Fountain of Youth. He does, however, find a Fountain 41, which along with a 19-year-old cocktail waitress makes him feel a lot younger.
1776. George Washington throws a silver dollar across the Delaware . It hits a dockboy who just moments before had called the Father of Our Country "a cheap bastard."
1876. Alexander graham Bell invents the telephone. His first call is to his marina to see if they can do some warranty work. The service manager tells him, "Sorry, wrong number."
1932. Ernest Hemingway develops the image of the macho fisherman, and, during an offshore trip on February 2, consumes two cases of beer, a fifth of scotch, two bottles of red wine and three cans of Chef Boyardee ravioli. He spends the rest of the day chumming for tuna.
1960. Dick Bertram revolutionizes the boating world with the deep-V hull. Previous attempts at hull designs based on the alphabet led to such craft designs as the deep-N and the deep-Q. With only four letters left, Dick was considering a shift to bottom shapes based on colors.
1988. George Herbert Walker Bush is the first powerboatman elected President of the United States . J. Danforth Quayle is the first Vice President named for an anchor.