Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fun Facts for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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


TODAY IS

  • 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.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


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.



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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. 
noun:
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


Read today's "Our Daily Bread

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fun Facts for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
Fun Facts for Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The 181 day of the year
184 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • National Unassisted Homebirth Week
  • Beans and Bacon Days
  • National Tom Sawyer Days
  • Rosewell UFO Days




TODAY IS

  • Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
  • National Meteor Watch Day



ON THIS DATE...
1520: Montezuma II was murdered as Spanish conquistadors fled the Aztec capital of Tenochtilan during the night.
1572: Great Britain passed a Poor Law, giving assistance to the poor who were unemployed or vagrant.


1859: A French acrobat known professionally as Émile Blondin (Jean-François Gravelet) became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1841: the Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train. 
1936: "Gone With the Wind" was published.
1952: the daytime serial "The Guiding Light" debuted on CBS Television. 



1953: the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.  The car sold for just over 32-hundred dollars. 

1864: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant.
1972: The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.


1974: Steven Spielberg filmed the famous July fourth scene for the film "Jaws." (Video
1974: Mrs. Alberta King, the mother of Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated while playing the organ at a church in Atlanta. 
1975: Cher married rocker Greg Allman. 
1981: Grant Tinker was named president of NBC Television.  He took over for the departing Fred Silverman.  


1985: Yul Brynner left his role as King of Siam in "The King and I" after 46-hundred performances. 
1985: James A Dewar died.  He is famous for creating the treat called the Twinkie. 
1992: the first pay bathroom open in New York City -- the price was 25 cents.


1994: the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the '94 National Championship and banned her from the organization for life for the attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. 

1998: U.S. officials confirmed that the remains of a previously unidentified soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael Blassie who had been shot down during the Vietnam War.  




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Gone With the Wind (Taken from Link


Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.
In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O'Hara.



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Leap Seconds (Taken from Link



About every one and a half years, one extra second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and clocks around the world. This leap second accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day, slows down over time while the atomic clocks we use to measure time tick away at almost the same speed over millions of years.



WORD OF THE DAY

Cryptic
[krip-tik] –adjective 
1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous 
2. abrupt; terse; short, secret; 

"Little Ralphe worked feverishly to decode the cryptic message of his Little Orphan Annie decoder pen"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The shortest book in the New Testament is 2 John with 13 verses.



WORD FROM THE WORD


I know that my Redeemer lives. —Job 19:25






Read today's "Our Daily Bread

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, June 29, 2015

National Waffle Iron Day
Fun Facts for Monday, June 29, 2015
The 180 day of the year
185 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Unassisted Homebirth Week
  • Beans and Bacon Days
  • National Tom Sawyer Days
  • Rosewell UFO Days



TODAY IS





ON THIS DATE...
1838: To mark Queen Victoria's coronation the day before, the British newspaper The Sun published its entire issue with gold ink.


1776: Virginia adopted a state constitution and made Patrick Henry governor (Read more).


1901: The first edition of "Editor & Publisher" was issued. It was a newspaper for the newspaper industry.


1925: A patent for the frosted electric light bulb was filed by Marvin Pipkin. What a bright idea. The frosting inside the light bulb created less glare because it diffused the light emitted, spreading it over a wider area, providing a much softer glow. 


1956: Dressed in a tux and tails on Steve Allen’s TV variety show, Elvis Presley sang "Hound Dog" to a basset hound sitting on a stool (Video).


1956: Charles Dumas cleared the high jump, which was set at 7’ 1/2", at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Dumas became the first athlete to break the seven-foot barrier.


1978: Actor Bob Crane was murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona, motel room. A former deejay, he starred as Col. Robert Hogan on TV’s Hogan’s Heroes.

1983: History's oldest caged rabbit died in Longford, Tasmania. Flopsy was 18 years 11 months old.
1983: Prince Mongo of the uncharted planet of Zambodia, accused of tampering with an electric meter in Memphis, was sentenced to 10 days for contempt when he appeared in court wearing green body paint, a fur loincloth, gold goggles, and carrying a skull under one arm. Later that year Prince Mongo ran for mayor of Memphis and got 2,650 votes.
1986: In Louisville, Kentucky a man arrested for drunk driving claimed to be legally blind and that the car was actually being driven by his dog, Sir Anheuser Busch II. He served 30 days in jail.
1991: A company called Longest Taco Tico made the world’s longest burrito in Newton, Kansas. They used 2,557 tortillas, 75 pounds of cheese, and 607 pounds of refried beans to build the 1,598-foot burrito.
1992: Doctors in Pittsburgh reported the first transplant of a baboon's liver into a human patient. The 35-year-old recipient survived three months.


1994: Robert Shepard escaped from the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia, by scaling an 18-foot wall using a rope made from dental floss purchased at the jail store. He was recaptured a month later. The jail store no longer sells dental floss (Read story).

2002: President George W. Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon screening.
2003: Actress Katherine Hepburn died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut at age 96. She won a record four Oscars for best actress.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Taxation Without Representation (Source


On June 29, 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts, a series of taxes aimed to raise revenues in the British colonies in North America. The Townshend Acts forced colonists to pay an extra fee whenever they bought imported goods such as glass, paint, paper, or tea. This extra money was used to pay governors and judges in the colonies.

The new taxes were wildly unpopular. A year later, merchants and farmers from Boston to New York City to Philadelphia led boycotts of British goods. In Virginia, the boycott was led by influential farmer and politician George Washington.



QUICK TRIVIA 

Five Food Finds about Almonds (Source)



  • There are 5,639 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Almond’.
  • Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the worlds almonds (2008).
  • California produced 998 million pounds of almonds in 2004. The largest crop on record was in 2002, with 1.084 billion pounds.
  • It takes more than 1.2 million bee hives to pollinate California’s Almond crop (over 550,000 acres).
  • Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.




WORD FOR THE DAY



catawampus \kat-uh-WOM-puhs\, adjective:
1. Off-center; askew; awry.

"Joey really believed that he had hung the picture in the center of the wall, his wife Maria, however, felt it was catawampus"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Timothy, the young protege' of Paul, grew up in a godly household. 

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice" (2 Timothy 1:5) 



WORD FROM THE WORD


The men took hold of his hand, . . . the Lord being merciful to him, and they . . . set him outside the city. —Genesis 19:16


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