Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Monday, October 5, 2015
The 278 day of the year--
87 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- 4-H Week (Link)
- Emergency Nurses Week
- Fire Prevention Week
- Mental Illness Awareness Week
- National Midwifery Week (Link)
- National Carry A Tune Week
- Financial Planning Week
- Kids' Goal Setting Week
- National Health Care Food Service Week (Link)
- Spinning and Weaving Week
- National Physicians Assistant Week
- Child Health Day
- Day of Unity
- International Day of No Prostitution
- World Day of Architecture
- World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day (Link)
- World Habitat Day
- World Teachers Day (See History Spotlight)
- National Do Something Nice Day
- National Apple Betty Day (Link)
ON THIS DATE...
1877: “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” With those words, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Cavalry. The surrender took place at Bear’s Paw, Chinook, Montana (Read more).
1892: The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was wiped out while attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. Gang member Emmett Dawson survived serious wounds and was sentenced to life in prison (read more).
1921: the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time
1930: Laura Ingalls completed the first transcontinental airplane flight by a woman. She flew a bi-plane from New York to California in four days (read more).
1945: "Meet the Press" premiered on radio.
1947: President Harry S. Truman became the first President to address the nation via television.
1950: Groucho Marx's game show "You Bet Your Life" debuted on NBC.
1962: In England, Parlaphone Records released the Beatles' first record, "Love Me Do." Ringo Starr, who had just joined the group, was too nervous to play drums, so he played tambourine.
1969: "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC television.
1974: American David Kunst became the first person to walk around the world. The stroll took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
1975: Harry Chapin released "Cats in the Cradle" (Listen--if you want to cry that is)
1979: The movie "10" starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek opened in 650 theaters.
1985: Eddie Robinson became college football's all-time winningest coach as Grambling defeated Prairie View A&M 27-7. It was Robinson's 324th career victory, one more than Paul "Bear" Bryant.
1989: Evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150-million.
1989: the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent efforts to free Tibet from China.
1991: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch (with Loleatta Holloway) hit number one... one... one in the U.S. with "Good Vibrations".
1995: In Kumi, Uganda, a thief was convicted of stealing an elderly man’s big edible rat. The ratnapper was sentenced to 12 strokes of the cane and ordered to trap five edible rats for his victim.
1997: When the First United Methodist Church women’s group in Tulsa lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough’s birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party.
1999: Actor Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003: A Brazilian mother and daughter who hadn't seen each other for 17 years met up when they were put in the same prison cell in Sao Paulo's Pinheiros prison. The daughter, arrested for robbery, had run away from home at age eight. Mom was doing time for drug dealing.
2004: comic actor Rodney Dangerfield died at the age of 82. He was best known for his self-deprecating catchphrase, "I can't get no respect" (Watch).
2004: golf superstar Tiger Woods tied the knot with Swedish model Elin Nordegren in a lavish ceremony in Barbados.
2006: A 22-year-old man attempted to drive 310 miles in reverse on a remote Australian Outback highway after his transmission failed, blocking his forward gears. He drove about 12 miles before Western Australia state police spotted his car roaring in reverse down the highway at about 40 mph. An alcohol breath test was negative, but police charged the backer with reckless driving.
2009: late night funnyman David Letterman apologized to his staff and to his wife, Regina, as controversy swirled over his admission to having sexual relationships with several female staff members over the years. Letterman admitted that his wife had been, "horribly hurt" by his behavior and promised to fix his relationship. Letterman says he was forced to make the admission after an alleged blackmail plot threatened to expose him.
2011: Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs died on this date after a battle with cancer and other health issues. He was 56.
World Teachers Day (Source)
On this day in 1994, the United Nations first celebrated World Teachers Day. World Teachers Day recognizes that teachers are the “most powerful force for equity and access to quality education” worldwide.
Here are today’s five thing to know about Apple Betty (Source)
- The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
- It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
- Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
- The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
- Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.
WORD FOR THE DAY
peripeteia [per-uh-pi-tahy-uh, -tee-uh]
a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal.
"In a state of true peripeteia, Josephine, mouth agape, stood, back to back with her younger brother Trevor and for the first time realized that he was indeed taller than her"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The Philistines, who were being cursed because the ark of God was in their country, sent the ark back with some unusual items....
"and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. 11 And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors" (1 Samuel 6:10-11).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Show me, Lord, my life’s end. Psalm 39:4
Read "Our Daily Bread"