Fun Facts for Thursday, October 30, 2014
The 303 day of the year
62 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- International Magic Week
- Give Wildlife a Brake! Week
- Kids Care Week
- National Infertility Awareness Week
- Checklist Day
- Create A Great Funeral Day
- Devil's Night or Mischief Night
- Haunted Refrigerator Night
- National Candy Corn Day
- National Speak Up For Service Day
ON THIS DATE...
1485: King Henry VII of England is crowned.
1650: The Quakers (or the Society of Friends) came into existence when George Fox, the founder, told a court magistrate to '"quake and tremble at the word of God."
1875: Missouri's Constitution was ratified, ending the state's history of division.
1894: the time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper.
1922: Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government.
1925: If you put everything into it except the kitchen sink, you’d have the TV transmitter that beamed TV to London for the first time. To build the transmitter, John Baird used a tea chest, a biscuit box, darning needles, piano wire, motorcycle lamp lenses, old electric motors, cardboard scanning discs and glue, string and sealing wax.
1938: Orson Welles' classic radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS. The live drama panicked some radio listeners who actually thought that the play's faked news reports about a Martian invasion was true.
1945: Shoe rationing was ended by the U.S. government.
1952: Dr. Albert Schweitzer, missionary surgeon and founder of Lambaréné leper Hospital in République du Gabon, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. Schweitzer donated his prize to the hospital.
1961: Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb
1964: 21-year-old Cassius Clay won the heavyweight boxing title with a knockout of Sonny Liston.
1964: Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, Oh, Pretty Woman (Song)
1970: Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced in Miami to six or eight months hard labor for indecent exposure and profanity.
1976: Jane Pauley became news co-anchor of the "Today" show.
1983: the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
1984: Barry Manilow opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York.
1988: the Reverend Sun Myung Moon conducted a mass wedding ceremony in South Korea for more than 65-hundred of his followers.
1990: "Law and Order" debuted on NBC.
1992: Magic Johnson played his final NBA game.
2004: in a parade that was 86 years in the making, a crowd estimated between three-and five-million people turned out to honor the Boston Red Sox for their first World Series title since 1918.
2005: the body of late civil rights activist Rosa Parks laid in honor at the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Washington, D.C. The honor is usually reserved for presidents, politicians and U.S. military. With it, Parks became the first woman to receive the rare tribute. The 92-year-old "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" died a week earlier in Detroit.
2006: Oprah Winfrey gave one-thousand-dollar Bank of America debit cards to each of her 310 audience members on a broadcast of her syndicated talk show. Oprah asked that each person spend the money on someone else and that the recipients be outside of their own families.
War of the Worlds (Taken from Link)
Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds"—a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth.
Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells' 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for several years, most notably as the voice of "The Shadow" in the hit mystery program of the same name. "War of the Worlds" was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of the havoc it would cause.
The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: "The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells."
Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy "Charlie McCarthy" on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.
If Brach's laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times (Link) .
WORD FOR THE DAY
a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.
There once was a frog named Mike
who love to ride his bike
but after a while
he said with a smile
I'd prefer to go for a hike
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Paul offered a prayer of blessing upon the household of a man visiting him in prison
"May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me" (2 Tim 1:16-17).
WORD FROM THE WORD
We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"