Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, March 2, 2015
The 61 day of the year
304 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • National Maple Syrup Days
  • National Cheerleading Week
  • National Ghostwriters Week
  • National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week
  • National Consumer Protection Week
  • National Pet Sitters Week
  • National Procrastination Week
  • National Schools Social Work Week
  • National Sleep Awareness Week
  • National Words Matter Week
  • Professional Pet Sitters Week
  • Return The Borrowed Books Week
  • Save Your Vision Week
  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week
  • National School Breakfast Week



TODAY IS

  • Casimir Pulaski Day 
  • Dr. Seuss Day
  • Fun Facts About Names Day
  • NEA's Read Across America Day (Link)
  • Banana Creme Pie Day (recipe)



ON THIS DATE...

1776:  General George Washington orders American artillery forces to begin bombarding Boston from their positions at Lechmere Point (read more).
1807: The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country (Link).


1829: the New England Asylum for the Blind, now known as The Perkins School For The Blind, incorporated on this date (learn more). 

1836: Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
1959: the Connecticut-based Southern New England Telephone tested an experimental push-button phone in the New Haven area, to see if customers dial fewer wrong numbers.
1867: The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.


1877: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876 (Read more).

1882: Queen Victoria narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.
1917: Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.


1933: The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall (Read more).
1949: Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
1949: The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
1951: The first NBA All-Star game was held.


1962: Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points (Video).


1969: The French-built Concorde made its maiden flight.
1974: Stevie Wonder dominated the Grammys, taking home five awards for his "Innervisions" album. 
1976: Walt Disney World logged its "50-Millionth" guest. 
1983: Compact Discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.
1984: The first McDonald's franchise was closed -- in Des Plaines, Illinois.


1996: Ford Motor Company celebrates the production of its 1 millionth Mustang, a white convertible. The sporty, affordable vehicle was officially launched two years earlier, on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York (Link).




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Seuss (Source


Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born on this day in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.
The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted's career, developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 "new-reader" vocabulary words. Because he was under contract to Random House, Random House obtained the trade publication rights, and Houghton Mifflin kept the school rights. With the release of The Cat in the Hat, Ted became the definitive children's book author and illustrator.



QUICK TRIVIA 


The top 5 names for girls/boys: (Source)





1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William



WORD OF THE DAY 


ebb [eb] 
noun
1. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea 
2. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay:
3.a point of decline:
verb (used without object)
4. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow ).
5. to decline or decay; fade away:

"Although grandma couldn't get around like she used to, she recognized that it was just the ebb of life, and she maintained a great attitude"




INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

Philip, who was one of the first "deacons" (Acts 6), had four daughters who prophesied. 

"On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied" (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭8-9‬).



WORD FROM THE WORD 


Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; . . . they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31

Read today's "Our Daily Bread"  


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, February 27, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, February 27, 2015
The 58 day of the year
307 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • National Entrepreneurship Week
  • National Engineers Week
  • National FFA Week
  • Bird Health Awareness Week
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week




TODAY IS

  • International Polar Bear Day (Link)
  • National Day of Action (Peace Corps) 
  • Read Me Day 
  • National Strawberry Day
  • National Kahlua Day




ON THIS DATE...
1801: The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.


1879: American chemists Ira Remsen and Constantine Fahlberg announced their discovery of saccharin.

1883: Oscar Hammerstein of New York City patented the first practical cigar-rolling machine (bio)
1897: Great Britain agreed to United States arbitration in a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, defusing a diplomatic crisis.
1922: the first National Radio Conference took place in Washington, D.C.. 


1922: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, providing for female suffrage, was unanimously declared constitutional (read more).


1925: Alaska's Glacier Bay National Monument was dedicated. 


1939: The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.


1963: Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signed a baseball contract worth $100,000
1964: the Italian government announces that it is accepting suggestions on how to save the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa from collapse


1970: Simon and Garfunkel received a gold record for their hit single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (song)


1988: Katarina Witt won the women's figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (read more). 

1991: President George Bush announced an end to the military offensive in Operation Desert Storm. 
1992: Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 62nd birthday by closing Disneyland for an elaborate party with her friends. 
1997 - Divorce became legal in Ireland; it had been the only nation in Europe in which divorce was illegal.


2003: beloved children's television host Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, died after a brief battle with cancer.  He was 74.  For more than 30 years Rogers entertained millions of young children on his public television program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."  
2003: the Dallas Cowboys released longtime running back Emmitt Smith.  Smith spent 13 seasons with team, helping the Cowboys to three Super Bowl Records.  He also became the NFL's all-time leading rusher during his career with the Cowboys, breaking NFL great Walter Payton's career mark 2002.  
2003: Oprah Winfrey became the first African-American woman to make "Forbes" magazine's list of Billionaires.  Winfrey empire which includes Harpo Productions, "O" magazine, the Oxygen Television Network, and countless charities, was estimated at more than $1 Billion.   


2010: Gatorade announced it was ending its endorsement deal with golfer Tiger Woods in the wake of reports about his extra marital affairs.  

2010: An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after.


2013: former NBA star Dennis Rodman made headlines around the globe for his attendance at a basketball game in North Korea with controversial North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.  



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Source


On February 27, 1964, the Italian government announces that it is accepting suggestions on how to save the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa from collapse. The top of the 180-foot tower was hanging 17 feet south of the base, and studies showed that the tilt was increasing by a fraction every year. Experts warned that the medieval building--one of Italy's top tourist attractions--was in serious danger of toppling in an earthquake or storm. Proposals to save the Leaning Tower arrived in Pisa from all over the world, but it was not until 1999 that successful restorative work began.



QUICK TRIVIA 


Who made the first bowl of chili? No one knows as every state lays claim to the title. There are, however, certain facts that one cannot overlook. The mixture of meat, beans, peppers, and herbs was known to the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayan Indians long before Columbus and the conquistadors. (Link



WORD OF THE DAY 


carping  [kahr-ping]  

adjective

characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous
petty fault-finding

"Because Harold's mother-in-law was coming to visit, he decided to stay away for most of the day in order to avoid her carping attitude."


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

One of Jesus' disciples, Thomas was also known as Didymus. He was not with the disciples when Jesus visited them after the resurrection and did not see Jesus alive until eight days later.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:24-28).



WORD FROM THE WORD 


He knelt down on his knees . . . and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. —Daniel 6:10


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, February 26, 2015

National Pistachio Day
Fun Facts for Thursday, February 26, 2015
The 57 day of the year
308 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • National Entrepreneurship Week
  • National Engineers Week
  • National FFA Week
  • Bird Health Awareness Week
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week




TODAY IS

  • National Chili Day
  • National Personal Chef's Day 
  • For Pete's Sake Day
  • Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day 
  • Levi Strauss Day
  • National Pistachio Day




ON THIS DATE...
1907: Members of the U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500 each.
1916: Mutual Film Corporation signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. 


1919: the Grand Canyon National Park was established by Congress (Read more


1933: Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1936: the first Volkswagen factory officially opened in Saxony, German. 
1942: "How Green Was My Valley" won the Academy Award for Best Picture. 


1951: the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting a president to two terms in office (read more)


1957: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 


1966: Nancy Sinatra topped the pop singles chart with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (song)




1983: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hit number one on the U.S. album chart.  It remained in the top spot for 37 weeks, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide (Song). 

1985: Tina Turner was the big winner at the 27th Grammy Awards.  She picked up three awards including Best Song, Best Record and Best Vocal Performance by a Female.  Lionel Richie won the Grammy for Album of the Year.  
1993: a car bomb exploded at New York's World Trade Center.  The blast killed six people and injured more than a thousand. 


1996: Quincy Jones was named MusicCares Man of the Year.  Jones is the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 77 nominations and 26 wins through his career.  

1998: a jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey's talk show for a price fall after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease. 


2009: NFL quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and supermodel Gisele Bundchen tied the knot in a twilight wedding at St. Monica's Church in Santa Monica, California.  

2012: rain forced the postponement of the Daytona 500 racecar event for the first time in the event's 53-year history. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

The World Trade Center Bombing (Source


At 12:18 p.m., a terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, leaving a crater 60 feet wide and causing the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast. Although the terrorist bomb failed to critically damage the main structure of the skyscrapers, six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The World Trade Center itself suffered more than $500 million in damage



QUICK TRIVIA 


Johnny Cash was born on this day in 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas.  Cash was one of seven children who grew up as cotton farmers. Music was an integral part of everyday life in the Cash household. (Link)





WORD OF THE DAY 


Monotony
[muh-not-n-ee]   noun 
1. wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery. 
2. the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone. 

"Jane, after eating salad for 6 days straight, loathed the sight of lettuce--it was becoming utter monotony"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

God was not happy with Job's 3 friends

"After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has" (Job 42:7).


WORD FROM THE WORD 


Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. —Acts 17:16


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"