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Fun Facts for Friday, March 27, 2015
The 86 day of the year
279 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Consider Christianity Week
- Tsunami Awareness Week
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
- National Cleaning Week
- Root Canal Awareness Week
- National Youth Violence Prevention Week
- Meat Free Week
- Celebrate Exchange Day
- Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day (Fun Titles)
- National Spanish Paella Day (Link)
- National Joe Day
ON THIS DATE...
1512: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
1703: Czar Peter the Great founded the city of St. Petersburg.
1794: President George Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy (Read more).
1841: the first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
1860: the corkscrew was patented by M-L Byrn of New York City (Link).
1905: Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case
1912: The wife of President William Howard Taft planted cherry trees on the bank of the Potomac River, in an event celebrating a gift by the Japanese government of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government.
1917: the Seattle Metropolitans became the first United States hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
1939 March Madness is born (See History Spotlight below)
1943: "Blue Ribbon Town" was first heard on CBS Radio. The show launched the career of Groucho Marx.
1952: "Singin' In The Rain" premiered at Radio City Music Hall.
1955: actor Steve McQueen made his television debut on "Goodyear Playhouse." He would later become a major motion picture star.
1964: The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, occurred in southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami; 114 people were killed and thousands injured.
1965: the Yardbirds replaced guitarist Eric Clapton with Jeff Beck. 1973: Marlon Brando refused an Oscar for his performance in "The Godfather" as a gesture of support for the Indians occupying the Wounded Knee reservation in South Dakota.
1985: actor Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame.
1989: "Sports Illustrated" exposed Pete Rose's gambling activities. The eventual investigation led to Rose's banishment from baseball.
1994: Magic Johnson returned to the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach and led them to a 110-101 victory over Milwaukee. Johnson coached the Lakers for the last 16 games of the 1993-94 season.
1995: David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards
1997: Dexter King, son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., met with James Earl Ray, the man convicted in King's assassination. Ray denied having anything to do with the shooting, to which King replied, "I believe you." Ray later died in prison.
1998: the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-made drug Viagra, hailing it as a medical breakthrough for men who suffered from impotence.
2002: entertainment legend Milton Berle died on this date. "Mr. Television" entertained audiences for years on radio, television, stage and film. Milton Berle was 93.
2006: immigration proposals in Congress sparked more large protests in Los Angeles and other cities around the country.
2010: cities around the world dimmed building lights to commemorate Earth Hour.
March Madness is born (Source)
On this day in 1939, the University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46–33 on this day in 1939 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Final Four, as the tournament became known, has grown exponentially in size and popularity since that time. By 2005, college basketball had become the most popular sporting event among gamblers, after the Super Bowl.
First fingerprint case (Source)
The first British murder case to be solved using fingerprints took place in Detpford, south London, on March 27, 1905
WORD OF THE DAY
tending to innovate or characterized by innovation which means:
to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.
to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time
"Mom could take leftovers and make a gourmet meal--she was extremely innovative"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The longest Chapter of the Bible is Psalm 119. (176 verses)
WORD FROM THE WORD
Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. —2 Corinthians 11:14
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"