Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, September 19, 2014
The 262 day of the year
103 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • Child Passenger Safety Week
  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week
  • National Environmental Services Week
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
  • Pollution Prevention Week
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
  • Health Information and Technology Week
  • National Love Your Files Week
  • Constitution Week 
  • National Butterscotch Pudding Day



TODAY IS

  • Talk Like A Pirate Day (Link) (Get a free donut
  • Clean Up The World Weekend
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day (Link)
  • National Trademen Day



ON THIS DATE...


1676: Jamestown was burned by Bacon's Rebellion (Link)
1777: American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga against the British. 

1796: George Washington issued his farewell address as U.S. President.


1819: It was such a beautiful fall day that poet John Keats was inspired to take out pen and pad. He inked one of the best-loved English poems, Ode to Autumn (Link).

1849:First commercial laundry was established in Oakland, California.
1876: Melville Bissell patented the carpet sweeper. 



1881: President James Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin (Learn more







1947: Jackie Robinson was named baseball's Rookie of the Year. 


1951: "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh, premiered in theaters across the country. 
1957: the U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert. 
1958: Elvis Presley left the U.S. for Germany to serve with an Army unit. 
1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was denied access to Disneyland during his visit to California for security reasons. 


1964:"Flipper" premiered on television (see opening)




1970: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" made its debut on CBS (show opening)

1974: Eric Clapton received a gold record for "I Shot the Sheriff." 




1983: CBS aired the final episode of the popular sitcom "M*A*S*H*."  The show became the most-watched program in television history. 

1985: the first of two killer earthquakes hit Mexico City.  The first registered eight-point-one on the Richter scale.  The second, seven-point-five.  Both quakes struck within a 24-hour period killing nearly ten-thousand people. 


1988: U.S. diver Greg Louganis struck and injured his head on the board in a preliminary round of springboard diving at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Days later, however, Louganis won the gold medal in springboard diving (See video)



1995: popcorn legend Orville Redenbacher died at the age of 88. 





HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Nuclear Testing (Taken from Link

Video of blast   

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout



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George Washington's Farewell Address (Taken from Link

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President George Washington decided not to seek reelection for a third term and began drafting this farewell address to the American people. The address went through numerous drafts, in large part due to suggestions made by Alexander Hamilton.

In the 32-page handwritten address, Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party spirit and geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he warned against long-term alliances with other nations.

The address was printed in Philadelphia’s American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796. Washington’s final manuscript is at The New York Public Library.




WORD FOR THE DAY


Logorrhea 
[law-guh-ree-uh, log-uh-]–noun 
1. pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech 
2. incessant or compulsive talkativeness


“The three, excited teenage girls talked incessantly to each other, but to their father, it was pure logorrhea” 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Every earthly government exists under the authority of God

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience" (Rom 13:1-5).


WORD FROM THE WORD

I acknowledged my sin to You . . . . I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. —Psalm 32:5


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"    

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, September 18, 2014

National Cheeseburger Day 
 Fun Facts for Thursday, 
September 18, 2014
The 261 day of the year
104 days left in the year

THIS WEEK IS 

  • Child Passenger Safety Week
  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week
  • National Environmental Services Week
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
  • Pollution Prevention Week
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
  • Health Information and Technology Week
  • National Love Your Files Week
  • Constitution Week



TODAY IS

  • National Cheeseburger Day  (VeggieTales--Cheeseburger)
  • Air Force Birthday
  • Chiropractic Founders Day
  • Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (Link)
  • National Respect Day
  • World Water Monitoring Day (Link)



ON THIS DATE...


14:  Tiberius is confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate following the natural death of Augustus


324: Constantine the Great decisively defeats Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine's sole control over the Roman Empire.
1789: The U.S. took out its first loan. Alexander Hamilton took the loan from the Bank of New York and Bank of North America.

1793: President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the north wing of the United States Capitol building. 



1851: "The New York Times" was published for the first time.  


1895: Booker T. Washington delivered his famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech at the opening of the Cotton States and International Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.
1927: the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.  The company later became known as CBS. 
1947: The Air Force is established as a separate branch of the military. The National Security Act was passed, unifying the Army, Navy, and Air Force of the U.S. 
1947: Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed the first-ever country music concert at new York's Carnegie Hall. 



1948: "The Original Amateur Hour" returned to ABC radio, two years after the death of the show's host, Major Bowes.  Ted Mack became the new host. 


1948: Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the Senate when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.
1951: the film, "A Streetcar Named Desire," opened in Beverly Hills.  The picture made Marlon Brando a star. 
1955: "The Toast of the Town" became known as "The Ed Sullivan Show."  The program stayed on the air until 1971. 



1964: "The Addams Family" premiered on TV (Opening


1965: "I Dream of Jeannie" debuted on NBC.  Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the popular sitcom. (Opening)
1983: the rock group, Kiss, appeared without their trademark makeup for the first time during a performance on MTV. (see video)
1975: Newspaper heiress and wanted fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery.


1985: David Letterman read "The Top Ten List" for the first time on "Late Night with David Letterman."  The list was titled "Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas." (See the video)

1993: Garth Brooks’ In Pieces debuted at #1 in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 200 and Country LP charts. The album has sold over 8 million copies.
1996: the OJ Simpson civil trial began in Santa Monica, California. 
2004: pop star Britney Spears reportedly married dancer Kevin Federline in a secret ceremony in Studio City, California. 


2006: Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari became the first woman space tourist, the first female Muslim and the first native of Iran to go into space.  Ansari, a Dallas-based millionaire engineer-businesswoman, reportedly paid 20-million-dollars for her space ticket. 
2009: the CBS soap opera "The Guiding Light" aired its final episode after a 72-year run on radio and television. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

George Washington Lays the Cornerstone of the Capitol (Taken from Link


President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. A Virginia newspaper, the Alexandria Gazette, recorded how Washington crossed the Potomac and was met by two brass bands, a volunteer artillery company, and a delegation of Masons in full regalia. They accompanied him in the first parade held in Washington, D.C.--a grand procession from the construction site of the White House to the construction site for the U.S. Capitol.



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The cheeseburger war  (Taken from Link


Much like the hamburger, we may never know for sure who created America's first cheeseburger. Most credit Lionel Sternberger, who in the year 1924, at the tender age of 16, decided to slap a slice of American cheese onto a cooking hamburger at his father's Pasadena, California sandwich shop, the Rite Spot. He liked it, and so did his dad, thus the cheeseburger was born. Or was it? 

The first sandwich to actually be called a "cheeseburger," was at a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky called Kaelin's. Charles Kaelin claims to have invented the cheese-topped burger in 1934, because he wanted, according to local author Robin Garr, to "add a new tang to the hamburger." This is the earliest example of a menu claiming to be "the birthplace of the cheeseburger."  



WORD FOR THE DAY


Cosset \KOSS-it\ , transitive verb or noun
1. To treat as a pet; to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper. As a noun, it refers to a pet, especially a pet lamb. 

"The Geiger family tends to cosset their pets"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The longest intercontinental telegram ever sent was the text of the New International Version of the Bible. It was sent from Geneva (where it was translated), to New York for printing.


WORD FROM THE WORD


Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! —1 Chronicles 16:8

Read today's "Our Daily Bread"    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The 260 day of the year
105 days left in the year



THIS WEEK IS 

  • Child Passenger Safety Week
  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week
  • National Environmental Services Week
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
  • Pollution Prevention Week
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
  • Health Information and Technology Week
  • National Love Your Files Week
  • Constitution Week




TODAY IS

  • Citizenship Day or Constitution Day (Link
  • International Country Music Day
  • National Rehabilitation Day
  • School Backpack Awareness Day (Link
  • Time's Up Day
  • VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day
  • National Apple Dumpling Day (Link)



ON THIS DATE...
1394: Jews were expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.
1787: the Constitution of the United States was signed by 12 delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (See Trivial below). 


1796: President George Washington delivered his "Farewell Address" to Congress before concluding his second term in office.


1862: Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee were crushed by Union forces at the battle of Antietam in Maryland.  At least 26-thousand men were killed, wounded or missing.  It became the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.  
1872: Phillip W. Pratt of Abington, MA patented an automatic sprinkler system for putting out fires.


1920: the National Football League was formed in Canton, Ohio. 


1930: Construction began on Hoover Dam (then Boulder Dam near Las Vegas.
1944: the Department of Defense was established.  James Forrestal was sworn in as the first Secretary of Defense. 
1961: the Minnesota Vikings debuted in the NFL with a 37-to-13 victory over the Chicago Bears. 
1962: the Justice Department filed the first federal suit to end racial segregation in public schools. 
1963: "The Fugitive" debuted on TV.
1964: TV show "Bewitched" premiered.


1965: "The Smothers Brothers Show" debuted on CBS.  

1966: "Mission: Impossible" premiered on CBS. (Show intro

1967: Jim Morrison and the Doors performed "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange" during their controversial appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."  Morrison promised Sullivan he would change the lyrics, "Girl we couldn't get much higher."  Instead, he went ahead and sang the tune in its original form. (Link)

1972: the classic sitcom, "M*A*S*H," debuted on CBS.  The show stayed on the air eleven years and is widely regarded as one of the top comedy programs in history. (Opening)

1976: NASA unveiled the first space shuttle, the Enterprise, in Palmdale, California.


1983: Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. 

1983: The Cincinnati Reds honored Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench as he ended his 16-year career as a catcher.
1991: the sitcom, "Home Improvement," made its debut on ABC. 



1994: Heather Whitestone became the first woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America.  The former Miss Alabama is deaf. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Signing of the Constitution (Taken from Link


The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789



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Mission Impossible (Taken from Link)


Mission: Impossible chronicle the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
The series aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973, then returned to television for two seasons on ABC, from 1988 to 1990, retaining only Graves in the cast. It later inspired a popular series of theatrical motion pictures starring Tom Cruise, beginning in 1996.




WORD FOR THE DAY


Efficacious 
[ef-i-key-shuh s] –adjective 
1. capable of having the desired result or effect; 
2. effective as a means, measure, remedy, etc. 
“Needless to say, chocolate creamer has an efficacious quality that helps one to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee.” 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The Bible reminds us to help bear the load of others 

Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) 



WORD FROM THE WORD


[He] went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. —Mark 10:22


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"