|Second Half of the Year Day|
Fun Facts for Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The 182 day of the year
183 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- National Unassisted Homebirth Week
- Beans and Bacon Days
- National Tom Sawyer Days
- Rosewell UFO Days
- Canada Day
- National Postal Worker Day
- National GSA Employee Day
- Second Half of The Year Day
- U.S. Postage Stamp Day
- Zip Code Day
- National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
- National Gingersnap Day
ON THIS DATE...
69: Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor.
1847: The United States Post Office issued its first stamps, a five-cent stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin and a ten-cent stamp for George Washington.
1863: The Battle of Gettysburg begins (Read more).
1870: The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
1874: The Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, goes on sale.
1878: Canada joins the Universal Postal Union.
1879: Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.
1890: Billy Sunday stole four bases as Pittsburgh embarrassed New York 16 to 2. Sunday swiped 84 bases that year, then retired from baseball at age 28 to answer the call of evangelism (Read more).
1890: Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.
1903: Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.
1908: SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.
1910: Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker opened a machine shop in downtown Baltimore, making milk bottle cap machines. Six years later they hit it big with the first portable electric drill.
1916: Coca-Cola adopted its distinctive contoured bottle to set itself apart from competitors.
1921: The Communist Party of China is founded.
1934: The Federal Communications Commission, as mandated in the "Communications Act of 1934," replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.
1941: NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, an ad for Bulova watches shown during a Dodges-Phillies game. Bulova paid $9.00 for the spot.
1948: The 5-cent subway ride came to an end in New York City. The price doubled to a dime this day (History).
1963: The U.S. Postal Service introduced the 5-digit zip code (Read more).
1966: Medicare went into effect.
1968: The United States, Britain, Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
1971: The U.S. Post Office became the U.S. Postal Service.
1979: Sony introduced the Soundabout, a Walkman that sold for $200.
1979: Susan B. Anthony, an activist for the cause of women’s suffrage, was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. The coin, roughly the size of a quarter, was confused by many with the quarter and the U.S. Treasury Department eventually stopped producing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
1980: McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, debuted as an advertising symbol to take a bite out of crime.
1983: After 120 hours, the Rev. Ronald Gallagher finally stopped preaching at the Baptist Temple in Appomattox, Virginia. It was history's longest sermon.
1984: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" became the first PG-13 rated movie (trailer).
2004: Legendary actor Marlon Brando died of lung failure at age 80.
2005: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.
2007: England bans smoking in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces.
Postage Stamps (Source)
The Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps on this date in 1847. Previously, letters were taken to a Post Office, where the postmaster would note the postage in the upper right corner. The postage rate was based on the number of sheets in the letter and the distance it would travel. Postage could be paid in advance by the writer, collected from the addressee on delivery, or paid partially in advance and partially upon delivery.
SOS (Taken from Link)
There is much mystery and misinformation surrounding the origin and use of maritime distress calls. Most of the general populace believes that "SOS" signifies "Save Our Ship." The use of "SOS" was preceded by "CQD." Although generally accepted to mean, "Come Quick Danger," that is not the case. It is a general call, "CQ," followed by "D," meaning distress. A strict interpretation would be "All stations, Distress."
WORD OF THE DAY
slaver \SLAV-uhr; SLAY-vuhr\, intransitive verb:
1. To slobber; to drool.
1. Saliva drooling from the mouth.
"The dogs (and family!) began slavering as Mom entered the house with the fixings for the cookout."
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The Old Testament records the story of a baby that had a scarlet thread tied around its hand before his actual birth
"Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again. When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first." But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez. Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah" (Genesis 38:26-30).
WORD FROM THE WORD
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17