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Fun Facts for Friday, January 30, 2015
The 30 day of the year
335 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- National Nurse Anesthetists Week
- World Leprosy Week
- Catholic Schools Week
- Clean Out Your Inbox Week
- Meat Week
- National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week
- US National Snow Sculpting Week
- Fun at Work Day (there seems to be some disagreement on the, so I listed it twice. After all, can't have too much fun at work!)
- Inane Answering Message Day
- National Pre-school Fitness Day
- National Croissant Day
ON THIS DATE...
1781: Maryland became the last of the 13 original states to adopt the Articles of Confederation.
1835: President Andrew Jackson survived the first ever assassination attempt on a U.S. President.
1836: flagmaker Betsy Ross died at the age of 84. Legend dictates she created the first stars and stripes flag of the United States.
1862: The USS Monitor was launched at Greenpoint, Long Island. (Read more)
1894: the jackhammer was patented by C.B. King of Detroit.
1911: The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer Terry, when downed pilot, James McCurdy, was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
1933: "The Lone Ranger" was first heard on radio. The program remained on the air for 21 years.
1933: Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
1948: aviation pioneer Orville Wright died at the age of 77.
1948: Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi died at the age of 78. The political and spiritual leader was assassinated by a Hindu extremist in New Delhi, India. (Bio)
1956: Elvis Presley recorded his version of "Blue Suede Shoes."
1962: two members of the Flying Wallendas high wire act were killed when their seven-member pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, Michigan. (Read more)
1965: the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London.
1969: the Beatles played their last live performance together with a free concert on the roof of their Apple headquarters in London. The concert was filmed for the documentary "Let It Be." (Read more).
1972: British soldiers killed 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland in what is now known as "Bloody Sunday." (Read more)
1973: G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted of burglary, wiretapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building.
1984: Robert and Anna Rucker of Florissant, Missouri, both won the Illinois State Lottery's one-million dollar jackpot. Both had kept their numbers a secret from the other.
1986: The popular Love Stamp that pictured a little dog, went on sale this day. The U.S. postal stamp was the fifth in the continuing series. As of that date, more than 302 million Love Stamps had been sold.
1998: Elton John received knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List.
2006: award-winning playright Wendy Wasserstein died at the age of 55. She had been battling cancer for sometime. Wasserstein won a Pulitzer prize and a Tony award for "The Heidi Chronicles." She was known for works dealing with love, motherhood, marriage and complex sibling relations.
World's Tallest Geyser (Source)
On January 30, 1901, the world’s tallest geyser was identified. Waimangu was described by Dr. Humphrey Haines, and located on the North Island of New Zealand. Eruptions from this geyser, active from 1900 to 1904, could reach 488 meters (1,600 feet) in the air. That is 10 times as high as Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful. It is also higher than the Empire State Building.
A geyser is an underground hot spring that periodically erupts through the surface in a spray of hot water and steam. The eruption is caused by hot underground magma, or molten rock, heating the spring’s water. Waimangu, which means “black waters” in the native Maori language, was named for the chunks of black rock it hurled into the air with each eruption.
National Croissant Day (Source)
In the early 1970s, croissants became sandwich substitutes as they evolved from their two traditional fillings, chocolate and almond paste, into many savory variations, from broccoli to ham and cheese, as well as additional sweet varieties.
WORD OF THE DAY
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone
"Her attention to detail and keen eye for subtle nuances made her a successful designer"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Both David and Jesus were born in Bethlehem
"Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah" (1 Samuel 18:12).
"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them" (Luke 2:4-7).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Now it came to pass in those days that [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. —Luke 6:12
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"