Fun Facts for Friday, April 18, 2014
The 108 day of the year
257 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
- National Animal Control Appreciation Week
- National Environmental Education Week
- National Library Week
- National Public Safety Telecommunicators (911 Operators) Week
- National Student Employment Week
- Pan American Week
- Undergraduate Research Week
- Health Information Privacy and Security Week
- Adult Autism Day
- National Columnists Day
- National Golf Day
- Pet Owners Independence Day
- International Amateur Radio Day
- Animal Crackers Day
ON THIS DATE...
1521: Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, defied the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings.
1775: Paul Revere made his famous ride from Boston to Concord in Massachusetts to warn citizens of the approaching British army.
1846: the telegraph ticker was patented by R-E House in New York.
1895: New York State passed an act that established free public baths! They were to be open 14 hours a day and provide hot and cold water.
1906: the Great San Francisco Earthquake hit northern California. More than 700 people died as a result of the quake.
1910: Walter Brookins made the first airplane flight at night.
1923: the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, four-to-one, in the first game played in Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth clubbed a three-run home run to christen "The House That Ruth Built."
1924: Simon and Schuster published the first "Crossword Puzzle Book."
1934: The first launderette (called a "washeteria") was opened, in Fort Worth, Texas.
1942: the first World War Two edition of "The Stars and Stripes" was published for U.S. troops in Northern Ireland.
1955: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein died at the age of 76.
1956: actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco were married in a civil ceremony.
1957: comedian Johnny Carson debuted in a television acting role on the "Playhouse 90" presentation of "Three Men on a Horse." Five years later he became the host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
1960: the 3-M Company purchased the Mutual Broadcasting System for one-point-two-five million dollars.
1977: author Alex Haley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Roots."
1981: pitcher Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds reached three-thousand career strikeouts.
1984: Michael Jackson underwent scalp surgery to repair damage done when his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1985: Liberace grossed more than two-million dollars in ticket sales for a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
1987: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt belted his 500th career home run in an eight-to-six win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1990: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home.
1992: an eleven-year-old Florida boy sued to divorce his natural parents and remain with his foster parents. He eventually won the suit.
1994: actress Roseanne Arnold filed for divorce from actor Tom Arnold.
1994: former President Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in New Jersey. He died four days later.
1995: quarterback Joe Montana retired from the National Football League with four Super Bowl rings.
1999: hockey legend Wayne Gretzky retired from the National Hockey League. He set more than 60 league records during his 20-year career, including most points, most goals and most assists. He also won four Stanley Cups.
2005: 115 Roman Catholic cardinals from 52 countries sequestered themselves in the Vatican to begin the task of selecting the man to succeed Pope John Paul the Second as head of the church. The first day of the papal conclave ended with black smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel's chimney signaling that a decision had not been made.
2005: Catherine Ndereba (dur-RAY-ba) of Kenya made history by winning her fourth Boston Marathon. She completed the race in two hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds for her second straight title. Hailu Negussie (HI-loo Neh-GOOS-ee) of Ethiopia captured the men's title with a time of two hours, eleven minutes and 45 seconds. He became the first Ethiopian to win the men's crown since 1989.
2006: ending anxiety over one of the most anticipated celebrity baby births, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed their daughter Suri into the world. The baby came about a year after the 43-year-old Cruise and the 27-year-old Holmes began a worldwind romance.
2012: entertainment mogul and television icon Dick Clark passed away after suffering what his publicist described as a "massive" heart attack. The "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" host was 82.
Paul Revere (Taken from Link)
Born January 1, 1735, Paul Revere was a silversmith and ardent colonialist. He took part in the Boston Tea Party and was principal rider for Boston's Committee of Safety. In that role, he devised a system of lanterns to warn the minutemen of a British invasion, setting up his famous ride on April 18, 1775.
Animal Cracker Fun (Taken from Link)
There have been 37 different varieties of animal crackers since 1902. The current 17 varieties of crackers are tigers, cougars, camels, rhinoceros, kangaroos, hippopotami, bison, lions, hyenas, zebras, elephants, sheep, bears, gorillas, monkeys, seals, and giraffes. There are 22 crackers per box. More than 40 million packages of these are sold each year, and they are exported to 17 countries. They are turned out at the rate of 12,000 per minute, and nearly 6,000 miles of string are used on the packages. Christopher Morley wrote a poem named for them.
WORD OF THE DAY
[TOH-dee] noun, verb:
a fawning flatterer; humble dependent
"The movie star found it hard to go out in public because of her many fans and toadies"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Moses was allowed to see the back of God as God told him no man can see God and live (Exodus 33:23)
Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen." (Exod 33:18-23, NIV)
WORD FROM THE WORD
You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. —Ephesians 2:1
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