Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, April 18, 2014

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




TODAY IS

  • 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.  



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

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.


QUICK TRIVIA 

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 

Toady
[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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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, April 17, 2014
The 107 day of the year
258 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




TODAY IS

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Ellis Island Family History Day
  • Ford Mustang Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • High Five Day
  • National Haiku Poetry Day
  • Nothing Like A Dame Day
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day
  • Support Teen Literature Day
  • National Cheeseball Day
  • Healthy Kids Day




ON THIS DATE...

1194: Richard the Lionhearted returned to England and was crowned for the second time after his epic journey and victory in the Third Crusade.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a contract, giving Columbus a commission to seek a western route to the Indies.
1524: Giovanni da Verrazano discovered New York Harbor.
1629:  Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1790: legendary American statesman Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84. 
1810: Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton. Mr. Norton lived nowhere near pineapples. He was from Troy, PA
1860: it became law in New York City that tenement houses be equipped with fire escapes.
1861: Virginia voted to secede from the Union, the 8th state to do so.
1875: The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1935: People gathered around the radio to listen for the first time to what would become the ultimate horror show on NBC Radio. Lights Out remained on radio until 1946.
1941: Igor Sikorsky made the first successful flight in an amphibious helicopter. 
1946: Syria declared independence from French administration. 
1953: New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot home run at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.  It is the longest home run ever recorded.  The ball was found a block away from the stadium. 
1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion begins
1964: Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang.
1967: "The Joey Bishop Show" debuted on ABC Television. The show was designed to challenge NBC's "Tonight Show."  It went off the air two years later. 
1969: Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  He was originally sentenced to death, but the sentence was reduced to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty. 
1970: The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, after four days in a crippled spacecraft.
1970: Paul McCartney released his first solo album "McCartney." The release signified the end of The Beatles. 
1971:  Joy to the World, by Three Dog Night, made it to the top of the pop music charts on this day. The song was number one for six weeks
1985: the United States Postal Service unveiled it's "LOVE" stamp. 
1985: "Days of our Lives" fans lined up in Hollywood, California, to get tickets to watch characters Bo and Hope get married.  It was the first soap opera wedding open to fans. 
1987: Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers became the third NBA player to score 30:000 points in a career.  Erving scored 38 points to join Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the elite category.  
1993: a federal grand jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers, Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King.  Two other officers were acquitted. 
1993: officials at Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California, announced they would not hold any more rap concerts at the amusement park after several hundred youths went on a rampage when they couldn't get into a sold-out show featuring TLC and Paperboy. 
1997: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils became only the second goaltender to score a goal in a playoff game. 
2001: Mississippi residents voted to keep the Confederate emblem on their state flag. 
2001: San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Bonds became the 17th player to reach 500. 
2006: former Illinois Governor George Ryan was found guilty on all charges in his federal corruption trial in Chicago.  A onetime Nobel Prize nominee, Ryan received international attention 2003 when he commuted the death row sentences of 167 Illinois prisoners. 
2013: a funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on this date. 
2013: an explosion at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries.  



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

The Ford Mustang (Taken from Link)

One of the world's most popular cars was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964, at the New York's World Fair. The night before, the new Ford Mustang was the pace car at a stock car race in my hometown--Huntsville, Alabama. The car appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek.

Advertisements appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers and on the major television networks. More than four million people visited showrooms, and more than 22,000 cars were ordered on the first day. First-year sales totaled more than 417,000, shattering previous sales records of any one model in the history of the automobile.

The Mustang was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500 in 1964



QUICK TRIVIA 

In 1801, the town of Cheshire, Mass., sent a 1,000-pound cheese ball to the White House as a gift for new President Thomas Jefferson.
Not the actual cheeseball--or even a replica.
It's just a normal cheeseball. 



WORD OF THE DAY 

enigma [uh-nig-muh] –noun,

1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: 
3. a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle

"Joey thought that it was an enigma donuts were so light and airy and yet contained many calories" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

The Apostle Paul was not one to brag on himself--unless he was forced to do so as he was when he wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth. There were some who were questioning his apostleship and attempting to tarnish his name. (His bragging--much different than ours)

"I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?" (1 Cor 11:16-29)



WORD FROM THE WORD 

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” —Genesis 41:39

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So, a win-win for everyone, right?

Fun Facts for Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The 106 day of the year
259 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




TODAY IS

  • National Bookmobile Day
  • National Health Care Decisions Day
  • National Stress Awareness Day
  • National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
  • Save The Elephant Day
  • Day of the Mushroom




ON THIS DATE...

1851: A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot's Ledge, Massachusetts.
1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed into law, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. 
1900: the first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12: 24: and 48 stamps. 
1905: Andrew Carnegie donated ten-million dollars to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 
1926: The Book-of-the-Month Club in New York City chose as its first selection, "Lolly Willowes" or "The Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend.
1935: "Fibber McGee and Molly" debuted on the NBC Blue Radio Network. 
1940: Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller pitched the first no-hit, no-run game ever on opening day of the baseball season. The Indians beat the Chicago White Sox one-to-nothing. 
1947: NBC Television demonstrated the Zoomar camera lens. The device enabled cameras to feature close-up and long distance shots from a stationary camera. 
1962: Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News." Cronkite would go on to become known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 18-plus years as anchor. 
1973: former Beatle Paul McCartney starred in his first television special. The program titled "James Paul McCartney" featured the singer's new band, with wife Linda on background vocals. 
1980: Arthur Ashe retired from professional tennis. 
1987: the Federal Communications Commission issued a stern warning to radio stations around the United States to watch the use of indecent language on the air. 
1990: Neil Young, the Neville Brothers, Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt were among the artists who participated in a concert a London's Wembly Stadium celebrating the release Nelson Mandela's release from prison in South Africa. 
1991: English director David Lean died at the age of 83.  He created several Hollywood epics including "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia." 
1994: singer, songwriter Harry Connick, Jr., married model Jill Goodacre. 
1994: "Invisible Man" author Ralph Waldo Ellison died on this date at the age of 80.  
1996: Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce. 
1996: the Chicago Bulls won their 70th game of the season, breaking the record of 69 held by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers. 
1998: Los Angeles prosecutors filed criminal charges against pop singer George Michael in connection with his arrest a week earlier in a Beverly Hills park restroom.  Michael was charged with one misdemeanor count of engaging in a lewd act. 
1999: "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement after 21 seasons of playing professional hockey.  His last game with the New York Rangers was April 18.  Gretzky held or shared 61 National Hockey League records and his claim to fame was leading the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships. 
1999: a U-W postage stamp was dedicated in honor of Daffy Duck. Hollywood celebrated "Daffy Duck Day." 
1999: Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International during the 32nd Annual Songwriter Achievement Awards in Nashville. 
2001: the trivia game show "The Weakest Link" premiered on NBC with Anne Robinson as host.  
2001: Israel launched an air strike against a strategic Syrian radar station in Lebanon, killing three Syrian soldiers. 
2001: Sammy Sosa hit his 400th career home run to become the 33rd major leaguer to reach 400 career homers.  The milestone homerun came when Sosa hit a two-run drive for the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning.  With the home run, Sosa passed Detroit Tigers' Hall of Famer Al Kaline on the all-time homer list. 
2007: in what was described as the worst shooting on a college campus in U.S. history, a gunman opened fire on students and instructors at two locations on the Virginia Tech University campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself.  The gunman was later identified as 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui.  
2009: the New York Yankees played their first official game at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem and Hall-of-Fame catcher Yogi Berra threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch before the Yanks began the first of a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians. 
2010: pop star Lady Gaga broke a YouTube record for the most views on the video-sharing website after logging more than one billion views. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Massacre at Virginia Tech (Taken from Link

On this day in 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by Seung Hui Cho, a student at the school who later dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 



QUICK TRIVIA 

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day is always the day after taxes are due in the United States. (Link)




WORD OF THE DAY 

Impetus 
[im-pi-tuhs] –noun, plural -tus⋅es. 
1. a moving force; impulse; stimulus
2. (broadly) the momentum of a moving body, esp. with reference to the cause of motion. 

"The impetus for the great revivals in America has been a return to prayer" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

The Bible contains many practical commands: For example, the Bible reminds us to be careful about meddling in other people's matters. 
Proverbs 26:17, "Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own." 



WORD FROM THE WORD 

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. —Galatians 3:26

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