Fun Facts for Friday, September 19, 2014
The 262 day of the year
103 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- Child Passenger Safety Week
- Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week
- National Environmental Services Week
- National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
- Pollution Prevention Week
- Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
- Health Information and Technology Week
- National Love Your Files Week
- Constitution Week
- National Butterscotch Pudding Day
- Talk Like A Pirate Day (Link) (Get a free donut)
- Clean Up The World Weekend
- National POW/MIA Recognition Day (Link)
- National Trademen Day
ON THIS DATE...
1676: Jamestown was burned by Bacon's Rebellion (Link)
1777: American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga against the British.
1796: George Washington issued his farewell address as U.S. President.
1819: It was such a beautiful fall day that poet John Keats was inspired to take out pen and pad. He inked one of the best-loved English poems, Ode to Autumn (Link).
1849:First commercial laundry was established in Oakland, California.
1876: Melville Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.
1881: President James Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin (Learn more)
1947: Jackie Robinson was named baseball's Rookie of the Year.
1951: "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh, premiered in theaters across the country.
1957: the U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.
1958: Elvis Presley left the U.S. for Germany to serve with an Army unit.
1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was denied access to Disneyland during his visit to California for security reasons.
1964:"Flipper" premiered on television (see opening)
1970: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" made its debut on CBS (show opening)
1974: Eric Clapton received a gold record for "I Shot the Sheriff."
1983: CBS aired the final episode of the popular sitcom "M*A*S*H*." The show became the most-watched program in television history.
1985: the first of two killer earthquakes hit Mexico City. The first registered eight-point-one on the Richter scale. The second, seven-point-five. Both quakes struck within a 24-hour period killing nearly ten-thousand people.
1988: U.S. diver Greg Louganis struck and injured his head on the board in a preliminary round of springboard diving at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Days later, however, Louganis won the gold medal in springboard diving (See video)
1995: popcorn legend Orville Redenbacher died at the age of 88.
Nuclear Testing (Taken from Link)
Video of blast
On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout
George Washington's Farewell Address (Taken from Link)
President George Washington decided not to seek reelection for a third term and began drafting this farewell address to the American people. The address went through numerous drafts, in large part due to suggestions made by Alexander Hamilton.
In the 32-page handwritten address, Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party spirit and geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he warned against long-term alliances with other nations.
The address was printed in Philadelphia’s American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796. Washington’s final manuscript is at The New York Public Library.
WORD FOR THE DAY
1. pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech
2. incessant or compulsive talkativeness
“The three, excited teenage girls talked incessantly to each other, but to their father, it was pure logorrhea”
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Every earthly government exists under the authority of God
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience" (Rom 13:1-5).
WORD FROM THE WORD
I acknowledged my sin to You . . . . I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. —Psalm 32:5
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