Fun Facts for Wednesday,
December 4, 2013
The 338 day of the year
27 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- Clerc-Gallaudet Week
- Cookie Cutter Week
- International Coelenterate Biology Week
- National Handwashing Awareness Week
- Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week
- Tolerance Week
- Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
- National Cookie Day
- National Dice Day
- Special Kids Day
- World Wildlife Conservation Day
ON THIS DATE...
1110: First Crusade: The Crusaders sack Sidon.
1259: Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.
1563: The final session of the Council of Trent is held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
1619: The first Thanksgiving celebration took place in America when a group landed on what became Berkeley Plantation in Virginia; they celebrated and gave thanks with a meal.
1674: French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette erected a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan.
1783: General George Washington bade farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
1786: The Franciscan Mission to the Indians was founded in Santa Barbara, California.
1791: The "Observer," Britain's oldest Sunday newspaper, was first published.
1812: the power mower was patented by Peter Galliard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1816: James Monroe was elected the 5th President of the United States.
1875: William Marcy Tweed, the"Boss" of New York City's Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled the country.
1906: Alpha Phi Alpha, the first national college fraternity for African-American men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
1918: President Woodrow Wilson became the first President to travel outside the U.S. while in office. He set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.
1927: Duke Ellington's big band opened the famed Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.
1932: "The Walter Winchell Show" was first heard on NBC Blue network radio.
1933: the radio show "Ma Perkins" moved from WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the NBC Red network.
1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.
1945: The Senate approved United States participation in the United Nations.
1947: Tennessee William's play "A Streetcar Named Desire" premiered on Broadway, starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
1962: James Caan made his television acting debut in an episode of ABC's "The Untouchables."
1965: The Byrds topped the pop singles chart with "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)."
1965: the United States launched the Gemini Seven into space for a link-up with the Gemini Six.
1968: "Night of the Living Dead" opened in theaters.
1976: Deep Purple lead guitarist Tommy Bolin died of a heroin overdose in Miami, Florida.
1976: reggae music star Bob Marley was shot and wounded at his Kingston, Jamaica, home.
1978: San Francisco City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein became the city's first female mayor in the wake of the assassination of George Moscone.
1982: University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy. He became only the seventh junior classman to win the award.
1984: the National Geographic Society discovered a Bronze Age shipwreck off the southern coast of Turkey. The discovery dated back to when King Tutankhamen ruled Egypt.
1985: Dallas, Texas, became the largest city in the United Sates to pass no smoking laws for restaurants.
1988: actor Gary Busey was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.
1991: the Judds gave their final performance in Nashville, Tennessee. Naomi Judd retired from performing due to hepatitis.
1993: Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer at the age of 52.
1993: space shuttle astronauts were able to grab hold of the Hubble Space Telescope 357 miles above Earth. The shuttle crew spent the next five days making repairs to the telescope.
1996: the Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral to embark on an exploration of the Red Planet.
1997: the NBA suspended All-Star Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, three days earlier. The suspension was later reduced and Sprewell was reinstated to the Warriors which had terminated his contract.
1998: The first international space station, named Unity, was launched.
1998: The remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho opened in U.S. theatres.
2004: sheriff's investigators in Southern California took a DNA sample from Michael Jackson. The singer's mouth was swabbed in connection with the child molestation charges he was facing in Santa Barbara County.
2005: the 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to actor-director Robert Redford, singer Tony Bennett, actress Julie Harris, singer Tina Turner and ballerina and teacher Suzanne Farrell for their contributions to the arts and American culture.
2006: John Bolton resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton's brief tenure was marked by criticism from those who said he didn't have the right temperament for the job. Democrats had blocked his confirmation as UN ambassador 2005.
Cookie Monster (Taken from Link)
Cookie Monster is a voracious monster and one of the main characters on Sesame Street. Covered with blue fur and possessing a pair of googly eyes, Cookie Monster has an insatiable appetite. As his name implies, his primary craving is cookies, but he can (and often does) consume anything and everything, from apples and pie to letters, flatware, and hubcaps. When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching "noise", often interpreted as "OMM-nom-nom-nom..."
Cookie Monster has a deep, growly voice, and generally speaks with simplistic diction, saying everything with "me" - for instance, "Me want cookie!", as opposed to "I want a cookie!" (though in early seasons, Cookie spoke the other way around, and only occasionally would "me" slip in). Cookie occasionally displays an unexpectedly complex vocabulary, however, and is at his most gentrified when in his Alistair Cookie persona, hosting Monsterpiece Theater.
WORD FOR THE DAY
[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
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. —Matthew 13:44
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"