Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Friday, September 4, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Friday, September 4, 2015
The 247 day of the year
118 days left to go 

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Force Friday
  • Bring Your Manners to Work Day
  • Cow Chip Throwing days
  • National College Colors Day
  • Hug Your Boss Day
  • National Lazy Mom's Day
  • National Wildlife Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • National Macadamia Nut Day


1781: the city of Los Angeles was founded by 44 Spanish settlers. 

1807: Robert Fulton began operating his steamboat on the Hudson River. 

1833: ten-year-old Barney Flaherty of New York became the first paperboy.  He earned the job by answering an advertisement in the "New York Sun." 
1882: Thomas Edison displayed the first practical electrical lighting system with a demonstration on one square mile of New York City. 
1886: the last major war between the United States and the Indians ended when Apache Chief Geronimo surrendered at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

1888: the name Kodak was registered to George Eastman of Rochester, New York.  Eastman also earned a patent for his hand-held roll-film camera.

1914: Babe Ruth hit his first home run.  
1945: the U.S. regains possession of Wake Island from Japan.  

1950: Mort Walker's comic strip "Beetle Bailey" first appeared in newspapers around the country.  
1951: more than 14-million people saw President Harry S. Truman address the opening of the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco.  His speech became the first coast-to-coast television broadcast in history. 

1954: Elvis Presley made his debut at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. 

1959: In the wake of the stabbing deaths of two teenagers by another teen and similar acts of violence in New York City, WCBS banned all versions of the song "Mack The Knife."  
1962: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison began recording together as The Beatles for the first time. 
1964: "Gilligan's Island" debuted on CBS television.  
1965: The Beatles' song "Help!" hit the number one spot on the pop music charts (Video of the song).
1966: the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon aired for the first time. 

1966: "Perry Mason" aired for the final time on CBS television.  The show starred Raymond Burr.  

1967: the final episode of "Gilligan's Island" aired on CBS.  
1972: United States swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal.  He became the first American to do so. 

1993: actor Herve Villechaize died at the age of 50.  He is best known for playing the role of Tattoo on the television show "Fantasy Island." (Shown open 1978

2008: Arizona Senator John McCain formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
2011: for the first time in more than 45 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon aired without longtime host, comic legend Jerry Lewis.  The MDA announced a month earlier that Lewis would not host the annual fundraiser for a final time as had been announced earlier in the year.  The six-hour telecast raised more than 61-million-dollars for the association.  


"Gilligan's Island" debuted on CBS television on this day in 1964 and went off the air on this day in 1967. 

Gilligan's Island Fun Facts! (Taken from Link

  • Jayne Mansfield turned down the role of "Ginger"; Carroll O'Connor tested for the role of The Skipper; Dabney Coleman tested for the role of The Professor. 
  • Raquel Welch auditioned for the role of Mary Anne. 
  • Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan. 
  • The first season had the cast using cups that were made from real coconuts. However, they found that the cups were porous and soaked through like they were sweating. Thus in the later seasons, the coconut cups were ceramic replicas. 
  • Natalie Schafer's contract stipulated that there be no close-ups of her in the show. The reason was producers knew her real age, which was 13 years older than Jim Backus, who played her character's husband. It was not until years after the series ended that her co-stars found out her actual age. 
  • In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag over the harbor can be seen flying at half-mast. Reason: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, shortly before the shot was filmed.  
  • The character of the Professor was supposedly a graduate from SMU, TCU and UCLA, Thurston Howell III went to Harvard. Howell would call an inferior a "Yale Man". Back home, the Professor was a high school science teacher.
  • The lagoon set was located at the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. If sequences there were filmed too early or too late in the day, microphones would record rush hour traffic noise from a nearby freeway. 


In the mid-twentieth century 500,000 youngsters ran paper routes from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California and everywhere in between. Their numbers increased and by 1980 nearly one million youth delivered the latest news (Taken from Link).


aplomb \uh-PLOM\, noun:
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

"Mary was unexpectedly asked to fill in for the lead singer of the praise band; she sang several songs, handling herself with the aplomb of a professional."


The church at Thessalonica had received some false information that they had missed the Day of the Lord (2 Thes 2:1-5)

"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,  not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?" (2 Thess 2:1-5). 


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Thursday, September 3, 2015

National Welsh Rarebit Day
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The 246 day of the year
119 days left to go 

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Penny Press Day
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • U.S. Bowling League Day


1189: Richard I (Richard the Lion-Hearted) was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

1609: Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.
1777: The flag Stars and Stripes was flown in battle for the first time at Cooch's Bridge, Maryland during the Revolutionary War.
1783: the Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by Great Britain and the United States. 

1838: Frederick Douglass escaped slavery. He became an abolitionist, orator, writer, and diplomat.

1895: The first professional football game was played -- in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. Since 1967, St. Vincent College in Latrobe has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.
1928: Detroit Tigers baseball legend Ty Cobb collected hit number four-thousand-191.  It turned out to be the final hit of his Hall-of-Fame career. 

1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour.  He reached a speed of more than 304 miles an hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. 

1939: Britain and France declared war on Germany.  The declaration came just two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. 
1942: Frank Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to begin his solo singing career. 
1951: the daytime serial "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS Television.  
1954: "The Lone Ranger" aired for the final time on ABC Radio.  The program had been on the air for 21 years. 

1967: "What's My Line" aired for the final time on CBS Television.  The show had been on the air for 17 years. 

1967: Sweden switched from driving on the left- to the right-hand side of the road.
1970: legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57.  The Pro Football Hall-of-Famer led the Packers to five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles. 
1970: the largest hailstone landed in Kansas.  The object measured 17-and-a-half inches in diameter. 

1971: The Lawrence Welk Show was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. ABC felt the show attracted “too old an audience ... not good for attracting advertisers.” Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, Calcutta, in 1960 (Calcutta).

1973: the comic strip "Heathcliff" made its debut. 

1992: Prince became the highest paid rock star when he signed a 100-million-dollar deal with Warner Brothers Records at ten-million-dollars an album, surpassing Michael Jackson and Madonna. 
1999: a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist.  The judge concluded  the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.  

2006: playing with an injured back in his last pro tournament, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi was eliminated from the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.  Agassi lost to Germany's Benjamin Becker in the third round of the tournament.  He held back tears as the crowd gave him a long standing ovation. 

2008: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin formally accepted the nomination for Republican vice presidential candidate on the third night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In doing so, Palin became the Republican Party's first female vice presidential nominee.  
2009: a private funeral for Michael Jackson was held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.  Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Berry Gordy were among the mourners who joined the Jackson family in saying a final farewell to the King of Pop.  Jackson was interred at the elaborate Renaissance-style Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum.  The funeral came more than two months after Jackson's sudden death on June 25th, 2009. 


The flag is first displayed  (Taken from Link

The necessity of a national flag was felt, especially for the marine service, and the Continental Congress adopted the following resolution, June 14, 1777: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white, on a blue field, representing a new constellation." There was a delay in displaying this flag. The resolution was not officially promulgated over the signature of the secretary of the Congress until September 3, though it was previously printed in the newspapers. This was more than a year after the colonies had been declared free and independent. 


The Lone Ranger (Taken from Link

The Lone Ranger is an American radio and television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by Fran Striker.
The title character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Indian sidekick, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" as the horse galloped toward the setting sun.
The first episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show's last new episode on September 3, 1954). 


pari passu  
[pah-ree pahs-soo; English pair-ahy pas-oo, pair-ee]  

with equal pace or progress; side by side.
without partiality; equably; fairly

"Joey was not a runner like his father, so dad make sure that their pace was pari passu" 


The Bible records the names of several lawyers. 

"Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor"  (Acts 24:1).

"Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need" (Titus 3:13).


If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

V-J Day 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The 245 day of the year
120 days left in the year

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • V-J Day
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • “Grits for Breakfast” Day


490 B.C: According to legend, Phidippides of Athens ran the legendary first marathon in running from Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 25 miles, to announce the defeat of the Persian army after the Battle of Marathon. In his honor, the 26-mile marathon became part of the Olympic Games in 1896 (read more).

1666: the Great Fire of London began.  The three-day blaze destroyed more than 13-thousand houses and killed six people. 
1789: the United States Treasury Department was organized by an act of Congress. 
1897: the first issue of "McCall's" magazine was published. 

1833: "New York Sun," the first "penny paper," was published.

1901: U.S. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. 
1912: The first Calgary Stampede began in Alberta, but it was called "The Last and Best Great West Frontier Days Celebration."
1922: inside Ford Motor Company factories warnings were posted, alerting employees that they will lose their jobs if their breath smells like beer, liquor or wine.  They were also warned that they could be fired if they were found in possession of booze on their persons or in their homes. 

1923: The movie classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," was released throughout the U.S.
1931: the radio show "15 Minutes with Bing Crosby" debuted on CBS Radio.  The show turned Crosby into a hot commodity in entertainment. 

1940: the Great Smoky Mountains National park was dedicated in North Carolina. They cover 522-thousand, 419 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. Portions of the 1950s TV series "Davy Crockett" were shot there.

1944: United States Navy Pilot and future President George Bush was shot down by the Japanese following a bombing run on the Bonin Islands. His two crew members on the run were killed. Bush was rescued by a United States submarine. 
1944: Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz. 
1945: President Harry S. Truman proclaimed September second, Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).  That's because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Japan's Tokyo Bay.  The war lasted six years and one day. 
1952: actress Marilyn Monroe was the Grand Marshall of the Miss America Pageant. 

1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the building with state troopers (read more). 

1963: "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" was expanded from 15 to 30 minutes making it network television's first half-hour nightly newscast.  He interviewed President John Kennedy.
1965: The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single "Help!" 
1966: "The Addams Family" and the cartoon, "The Flintstones," aired for the final time on ABC Television. 

1969: NBC aired the final episode of the original "Star Trek" series. 

1971: Chris Evert won her first U.S. Open singles tennis match.  She went on to record a 101 Open victories in her career. 
1976: Dana Dover, Gary Mandau, and Chris Lyons of Portland, Oregon, set a world record by completing a merry-go-round ride of 312 hours 43 minutes. (13 days).

1977: NBC Television aired the final episode of the sitcom "Sanford and Son"  (Show open)

1978: the final episode of "The Bionic Woman" aired on NBC. 
1986: Catherine Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years for the death of comedian John Belushi. 
1988: "Eight Men Out" opened in theatres across the U.S..  The film chronicled the attempt to throw the 1919 World Series. 
1995: country singer Reba McEntire made history when her song "On My Own" became the first single shipped through cyberspace to country music radio stations. 
2002: A Chinese couple who walked around Hangzhou handcuffed together to show their love were arrested when mistaken for escaped convicts. The couple was released after promising never to misuse police gear again. 

2004: President Bush delivered his Republican nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New York City. 

2005: legendary blues singer Fats Domino resurfaced after he was reported missing in the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  The singer and his family members were taken to a medical center in Baton Rouge and then taken in by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback at Louisiana State University who helped Domino and his clan by running multiple errands for groceries and prescriptions. 
2005: during the star-studded NBC-hosted Concert for Hurricane Relief, rapper Kanye West sparked controversy for his criticism of President Bush and the media portrayal of black and white victims of Hurricane Katrina.


ATM (Taken from Link

The first ATM was called a Docuteller. It was installed in a wall of the Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York. It marked the first time reusable, magnetically coded cards were used to withdraw cash. A bank advertisement announcing the event touted, “On Sept. 2, our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again!”


On this day in 1789, President Washington approved of Congress' proposal to create the Department of the Treasury. The Treasury Department is the second oldest department in the federal government. (Taken from Link). 


dearth \DURTH\, adjective:
An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.

"I discovered a dearth of milk in the Geiger household this morning as I prepared breakfast."


Some cities mentioned in the Bible had names formulated by only two letters: for example Ur, On, Ar, Ai, and Uz. 

"Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there" (Gen 11:31). 

"Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt" (Gen 41:45). 

"Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession” (Deut 2:9).

"Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai" (Josh 7:2). 

"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job" (Job 1:1).


Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

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