Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, December 19, 2014

Oatmeal Muffin Day
Fun Facts for Friday, December 19, 2014
The 353 day of the year
12 days left in the year


  • Gluten-free Baking Week
  • Christmas Bird Count Week
  • Posadas (16-24)
  • Chanukah (17-24) 


  • Underdog Day
  • National Hard Candy Day
  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day


1154: Henry II was crowned king of England.

1732: Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."  He did so under the name Richard Saunders. 

1776: Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay.  
1777 - General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. Nearly 3000 died during the very severe winter

1871: Corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones of New York.

1903: the Williamsburg Bridge was opened in New York City.  It was America's first major suspension bridge.  
1917: the National Hockey League made its debut.  The original members of the league were the Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers. 

1918: Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in the "New York Globe." 
1955: Carl Perkins recorded his hit song "Blue Suede Shoes" in Memphis, Tennessee. 

1957: Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. 

1958: the first radio voice broadcast from space took place.  The U.S. satellite Atlas, which had been launched from Cape Canaveral on December 18th, transmitted a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Eisenhower which said, "to all mankind America's wish for peace and goodwill toward men everywhere." 

1959: Walter Williams died at the age of 117.  He was believed to be the last surviving veteran of the Civil War. 

1973: "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson told his nationwide audience that toilet paper was disappearing from supermarket shelves around the country.  The gag caused a scare which made toilet paper a scarce item in many areas of the United States. 

1985: kicker Jan Stenerud announced his retirement from the National Football League.  He holds the record for most career field goals with 373. 

1985: ABC Sports announced it was releasing announcer Howard Cosell from all television commitments. 
1986:  the war movie "Platoon" opened in theaters across the U.S..  
1996: in a decision that set off a firestorm of controversy, the Oakland, California school board voted to recognize Black English, also known as "Ebonics."  The board later reversed its stance. 
1997: the epic film "Titanic" opened in theaters across the U.S..  The film went on to become the highest grossing film in history.  
1998: President Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House on perjury and obstruction of justice articles.  The 42nd chief executive became only the second in history to be ordered to stand trial in the Senate, where, like Andrew Johnson before him, he was acquitted. 
2001: the blockbuster fantasy film "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring" opened in theaters around the country.  The film was based on J.R.R Tolkien's classic series of novels.  

2004: "Time" magazine named President George W. Bush its "Person of Year."  "Time" said Bush received the credit for reshaping the rules of politics to, quote, "fit his ten-gallon-hat leadership style." 


President Clinton impeached (Taken from Link

After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.


The film "Titanic" was released on this date in 1997 (Taken from Link

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, co-edited and partly financed by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Cameron's inspiration for the film was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks; he wanted to convey the emotional message of the tragedy and felt that a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to achieving this. Production on the film began in 1995, when Cameron shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck. The modern scenes were shot on board the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, which Cameron had used as a base when filming the wreck. A reconstruction of the Titanic built at Playas de Rosarito in Baja California, scale models, and computer-generated imagery were used to recreate the sinking. The film was partially funded by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, and, at the time, was the most expensive film ever made, with an estimated budget of $200 million.


yuletide  [yool-tahyd]


1. the Christmas season.

2. of or pertaining to the Christmas season.

"Jimmy was so excited for the fact that the yuletime season was finally here"


Although it's celebrated as tradition, the Bible does not specifically mention that any animals were present at Jesus' birth. The Bible simply mentions the "manger" or feeding trough. 


The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. —1 Timothy 1:14

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, December 18, 2014
The 352 day of the year
13 days left in the year


  • Gluten-free Baking Week
  • Christmas Bird Count Week
  • Posadas (16-24)
  • Chanukah (17-24) 


  • Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
  • Arabic Language Day
  • Free Shipping Day (Link)
  • International Migrants Day
  • National Re-gifting Day
  • National Roast Suckling Pig Day

1620: The Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.
1862: the first orthopedic hospital was organized in New York City. 
1865: the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.  The amendment abolished slavery. 

1892: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" was first performed, in St. Petersburg by the Russian Imperial Ballet.

1912: The discovery of the Piltdown Man in East Sussex was announced; it was proved to be a hoax in 1953.

1915: President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home.
1935: the one-dollar silver certificate was issued.  It was the first currency to depict the front and back sides of the Great Seal of the United States. 

1936: Su-Lin, the giant panda, arrived in San Francisco, California.  She was the first giant panda to come to the U.S. from China. 

1940: Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

1956: "To Tell The Truth" debuted on CBS television.  

1957: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" premiered in New York City. 
1961: the Tokens hit number one with their single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." (Song
1966: Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time on CBS. 
1971: rocker Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his second wife, Myra.  Their 1958 marriage caused an uproar because Myra was 13-years-old at the time and was also Lewis' cousin.  
1975: Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the group Faces to pursue a solo career. 

1997: actor-comedian Chris Farley died at the age of 33.  He is best remembered for his skits on "Saturday Night Live" and several films including "Tommy Boy" and "Beverly Hills Ninja." (Van Down by the River)

1999: after living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, California, for two years, environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down to Earth, ending her anti-logging protest. 

2002: the movie highly anticipated "Lord Of The Rings" sequel, "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" opened in theaters around the country.
2009: the movie "Avatar," directed by James Cameron," opened in theaters nationwide.  At a reported budget of more than 300-Million-dollars, the fantasy film was said to be the most expensive movie ever made.  
2011: the last U.S. combat soldier left Iraq, putting an end to nearly nine years of war in Iraq that toppled the Saddam Hussein regime. 


The Mayflower docks at Plymouth, Massachusetts (Taken from Link

On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.


Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time on CBS on this date in 1966. (Taken from Link)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the homonymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. The special is one of the very few Christmas specials from the 1960s to still be shown regularly on television.
Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, narrates the film and also provides the speaking voice of The Grinch. (The opening credits state, "The sounds of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff...And read by Boris Karloff too!") 


Jolly  [jol-ee]  

1. in good spirits; gay; merry; joyous or happy

2. cheerfully festive or convivial: 

"After her boss made the announcement that everyone could leave early, Bill was in a jolly mood" 


After the departure of the wise men from the east, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt where they stayed for some time. 

"When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son” (Matthew 3:13-15).


Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. —1 Samuel 18:3

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The 351 day of the year
14 days left in the year


  • Gluten-free Baking Week
  • Christmas Bird Count Week
  • Posadas (16-24)
  • Chanukah (17-24) 


  • Wright Brothers Day
  • National Maple Syrup Day


1791: a traffic regulation in New York City established the first one-way street. 
1843: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published in London and immediately sold out. He wrote the story in just two months.

1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful controlled flight of a powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 

1936: ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his partner Charlie McCarthy appeared on radio for the first time.  They debuted on "The Rudy Valle Show" on NBC. 

1955: Carl Perkins wrote Blue Suede Shoes. Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it at the Sun Studios in Memphis. The tune became one of the first records to be popular simultaneously on rock, country and rhythm & blues charts.

1957: after just one season the TV variety show "The Nat King Cole Show" last aired on NBC.  Cole, an international vocalist and musician, became the first major black performer to host a network variety series.  The network pulled the plug on the show due to lack of sponsorship. 

1959: the film "On The Beach" premiered 18 cities.  It became the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world. 

1965: The Astrodome opened in Houston, Texas.  
1969: "Chicago Transit Authority" became a gold record for the group of the same name.  They later shortened their name to Chicago.  The album also marked the first time an artist's debut record was a double record. 

1969: wedding bells were heard on "The Tonight Show" as Tiny Tim married Miss Vickie.  More than 50-million people tuned in to witness the event. 

1975: Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Ford.  
1976: Ted Turner-owned WTCG Television in Atlanta, Georgia, changed its calls letters to WTBS.  The new station was uplinked via satellite to become the first commercial TV station to cover the entire United States.  It started on four cable systems and was available 24-thousand homes. 

1982: "Tootsie," starring Dustin Hoffman, opened in theaters across the U.S.. 

1986: singer Wayne Newton won a 19-million dollar lawsuit against "NBC News."  The program was ruled to have aired false reports linking Newton to mob figures. 
1989: "The Simpsons" premiered on TV.

2000: President Bush named Stanford University professor Condoleezza Rice his National Security adviser, effectively making Rice the first African-American woman to hold the position. 

2004: a guitar once played by late Beatle George Harrison sold for almost $568 thousand at a Christie's auction in New York City.  The guitar was used while recording the Beatles' "Revolver" album.  
2008: "Time" magazine named Barack Obama its "Person Of The Year."  The award is goes to the person who made the most headlines during the year. 
2011: controversial North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died on this date.  State media reported that he died of a heart attack while on a train trip.  Kim Jong-il was 69 years old.  

A Christmas Carol (Taken from Link

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall this day in 1843. It tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
The book was written and published in early Victorian Era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the Christmas season as one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular - having never been out of print – and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.


End of Project Blue (Taken from Link)

On December 17, 1969, the United States Air Force closed Project Blue Book, its last program to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). 

Since its founding in 1947, Project Blue Book recorded more than 12,000 UFO sightings. Military leaders were concerned that some UFO sightings may have been experimental technology developed by the Soviet Union, the U.S.’s rival in the Cold War. Many civilians, on the other hand, associated UFOs with outer space and extraterrestrial intelligence.

In the end, Project Blue Book found no evidence of technology “beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge” or threats to national security. Almost all UFO sightings investigated by the program were explained by weather phenomena, existing technology, or experimental technology developed by the U.S. itself. In fact, some of the unusually shaped UFOs spotted over Air Force bases were top-secret prototypes of U.S. aircraft such as the U-2 and A-12 spy planes.


Pining (pine) verb

to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully

O' Holy Night.... "Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its' worth....."


Mary, the mother of Jesus, stayed with Elizabeth, her cousin, for about three months. 

"Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord....56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home" (Luke 1:39-45, 56).


Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 3:18

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