Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, August 29, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, August 29, 2014
The 241 day of the year
124 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS
  • National Chuck Wagon Races Week
  • National Safe at Home Week
  • Be Kind To Humankind Week



TODAY IS
  • According to Hoyle Day
  • National College Colors Day
  • Individual Rights Day
  • International Bat Night
  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day
  • King of Pop Day
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
  • Chop Suey Day
  • Lemon Juice Day


ON THIS DATE...


708: Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time


1533: The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.
1833: Legislation to settle child labor laws was passed in England. The legislation was called the Factory Act.
1896: Chop Suey was invented (sort of--see quick trivia) 
1957: Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1958: 15-year-old George Harrison joined John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ken Brown in the group, the Quarrymen, to perform at Liverpool’s Casbah Coffee Club. The Beatles’ final public concert would come eight years later to the day in San Francisco.


1964: Monument Records released "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison.



1966: At Candlestick Park, San Francisco, the Beatles played their last live concert.
1967: Seventy-two percent of American TV viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of "The Fugitive." 
1973: Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
1977: Memphis police caught three body snatchers trying to steal Elvis, just a week and a half after his burial. As a result, Vernon Presley had his son’s and wife’s bodies moved from Forest Hill cemetery to the grounds at Graceland.


1977: "The Sonny and Cher Show" aired for the final time on CBS Television. 


1987:  "La Bamba" by Los Lobos peaked at number one on the pop singles chart. 
1987: Academy Award winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson at age 63.
1990: Sandy the dog, who starred for six years on Broadway in "Annie," died in his sleep at age 16. That's 112 in dog years.
1990: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
1993: In Dallas 15-year-old Erika Olivares fulfilled her dream. She married Juaquin Valdez, waltzed in a white dress with her father, and tossed her bridal bouquet. In the final stages of leukemia, she died the next day.
1996: Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic "Soul Man," sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting Dole stop using his song, which his supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man."
1999: Thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900.
2002: A Slovakian motorist who blew up his car and a gas station when he used a cigarette lighter to look into his gas tank was charged with endangering public safety. The 30 year-old man said his fuel gauge had broken. The lighter flame ignited the tank and the fire demolished much of the small gas station in the west Slovak town of Horna Streda.
2005: The average U.S. pump price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to a record $2.60.


2005: Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast on this date leaving devastating effects in the city of New Orleans, and surrounding areas.  Thousands of people who didn't or couldn't leave New Orleans were trapped in the flooded city without food, clean water or power.  Many took refuge at the city's Superdome and Convention Center.  Katrina is estimated to have caused over 81-billion-dollars in damage and killed more than 15-hundred people in Louisiana.  
2008: on his 72nd birthday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his choice for a running mate for the 2008 presidential election.  In doing so, Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five and the first female governor in Alaska's history, became the first woman ever to be picked as a vice presidential candidate by the Republican party. 
2009: Senator Ted Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia following a funeral Mass in Boston.  He was laid to rest near the graves of his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Chop Suey--created on this date in 1896  (Taken from Link


Chop suey consists of small pieces of meat, chicken or shrimp stir-fried with celery, onions, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms and/or other vegetables, and served over rice, usually with soy sauce.
Chop suey is supposedly not Chinese, but is a Chinese-American dish which originated in the mid to late 19th century, either with Chinese laborers working on the U.S. transcontinental railroad, Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, or Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang’s cooks while he was visiting New York.  More recent information suggests that it originated in the Toisan region of China.
Legend has it that, while he was visiting New York City, Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang's cooks invented the dish for his American guests at a dinner on August 29, 1896. Composed of celery, bean sprouts, and meat in a tasty sauce, the dish was supposedly created to satisfy both Chinese and American tastes. 





QUICK TRIVIA

The Fugitive (Taken from Link


On this day in 1967, record numbers of American TV viewers watched Dr. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on "The Fugitive." It was viewed by 25.70 million households (45.9 percent of American households with a television set and a 72 percent share), meaning that more than 78 million people tuned in.
It was a record that stood until 76% found out who shot J.R. on November 21, 1980.





WORD OF THE DAY


homologate \huh-MOL-uh-geyt\, verb:
1. To approve; confirm or ratify.

"The senate plans to homolgate the bill before five o'clock today."




INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The word "Samaritan", which described people from Samaria, was actually used as a byword by some of the Jews

"The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans)" (John 4:9).

"The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" (John 8:48). 



WORD FROM THE WORD


Forgive, and you will be forgiven. —Luke 6:37

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Race Your Mouse Around
the Icons Day
Fun Facts for Thursday, August 28, 2014
The 240 day of the year
125 days left to go 




THIS WEEK IS
  • National Chuck Wagon Races Week
  • National Safe at Home Week
  • Be Kind To Humankind Week



TODAY IS
  • Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
  • Radio Commercials Day
  • Crackers Over The Keyboard Day
  • National Cherry Turnover Day
  • National Bow tie Day



ON THIS DATE...
1609: Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.
1619: Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of "One church, one king" was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism.


1830:  "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America. 

1837: Pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England, begin manufacturing their Worcester Sauce.
1883: Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
1907: Seattle teenagers Claude Ryan and Jim Casey started a local delivery service called the American Messenger Company. Later, the name was changed to United Parcel Service: UPS.
1909: Washington rookie southpaw Dolly Gray walked a major-league record seven straight batters.
1917: Ten suffragists were arrested when they picketed the White House.
1921: "The Three Musketeers" premiered. 
1922: The first radio commercial was broadcast on New York City's WEAF. The Queensboro Realty Company paid $100 for 10 minutes of air time.


1938: Northwestern University awarded an honorary degree to Edgar Bergen's dummy, Charlie McCarthy. 


1944: the last German forces in Toulon and Marseilles surrendered to the Allies, opening up the port of Marseilles.

1959: "Rin Tin Tin" aired for the final time on ABC Television. 


1962: Comic Gracie Allen died at age 62. Mrs. George Burns uttered thousands of wonderfully silly things like, "You buttered your bread, now lie in it."
1963: Some 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights "Freedom March" in Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Peter, Paul & Mary sang "Blowin' in the Wind."


1964: The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life magazine.



1965: Folk singer Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at Forest Hills Stadium in New York for playing an electric guitar.
1972: Mark Spitz won the first of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympic Games
1986: Rock singer Tina Turner became star #1831 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1989: Walt Disney Productions bought the Muppets for $100-million.


1994: 18-year-old golfer, Tiger Woods, became the youngest winner in the history of the United States Amateur Golf Championship. 
1995: Chase Manhattan and Chemical Banking announced a $10 billion-dollar deal to create America's largest bank.
1996: In a London basement at 10:27 a.m. a legal clerk issued the divorce decree ending the 15-year marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Charles and Diana were 500 miles apart. The court action cost $31.00.
1999: Three crewmen aboard the Mir space station returned safely to Earth after bidding farewell to the 13-year-old Russian orbiter.
1999: After an unarmed man robbed a bank in Hermiston, Oregon, he climbed into the trunk of his getaway car two blocks away to change clothes and accidentally locked himself inside. When he yelled for help, a policeman investigating the robbery came to his rescue and arrested him.


2004:  The U.S. men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the Athens Summer Olympic Games. Secretary of State Colin Powell canceled plans to attend closing ceremonies after protests against U.S. foreign policy.

2005: residents in New Orleans were forced to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in the city's Louisiana Superdome as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the state of Louisiana.  
2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for him to lead the party to presidency with a speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.  In accepting the nomination, Obama became the first African-American to accept a major political party's presidential nomination.  His speech came on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" in Washington D.C. 




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

United Parcel Service (Taken from Link)


In 1907 there was a great need in America for private messenger and delivery services. To help meet this need, an enterprising 19-year-old, James E. (“Jim”) Casey, borrowed $100 from a friend and established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington. According to accounts given by Jim there were quite a few messenger services already in the Seattle area, some of which he had worked for in the past.

They made most deliveries on foot and used bicycles for longer trips. Only a few automobiles were in existence at that time and department stores of the day still used horses and wagons for merchandise delivery. It would be six years before the United States Parcel Post system would be established.

Jim and his partner, Claude Ryan ran the service from a humble office located under the sidewalk. Jim's brother George and a handful of other teenagers were the company's messengers. The company did well despite stiff competition, largely because of Jim Casey´s strict policies of customer courtesy, reliability, round-the-clock service, and low rates. These principles, which guide UPS even today, are summarized by Jim´s slogan: best service and lowest rates.




QUICK TRIVIA

Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz (Taken from Link


Mark Spitz might be remembered best by his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. In one of the most dramatic instances in Olympic history, Mark won his final competition only hours before Palestinian terrorists captured and eventually murdered 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village. In an effort to keep the athletes safe, Spitz was whisked out of the country under heavy security guard.



WORD OF THE DAY


collogue \kuh-LOHG\, verb:

To confer secretly.

"The party planners made sure to collogue about the surprise party in an out-of-the-way place so as not to alert the birthday girl's suspicions."



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The Roman official, Festus, suggested that Paul had spent too much time in the books.

"At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane” (Acts 26:24). 



WORD FROM THE WORD


God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. —James 4:6


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The 239 day of the year
126 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • National Chuck Wagon Races Week
  • National Safe at Home Week
  • Be Kind To Humankind Week



TODAY IS

  • The Duchess Who Wasn't Day
  • Tug-of-War Day
  • National Pots de Crème Day
  • Banana Lover's Day




ON THIS DATE...


551 B.C.  Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu), Chinese philosopher is born 


1660: The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles I
1858: The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
1859: the first successful oil well was drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake.  The drilling, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, went 69 feet - six inches. 


1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first magazine story about an abandoned English boy raised by African apes. Tarzan, "King of the Jungle," became one of the 20th centuries’ best-known fictional characters.

1921: Green Bay, Wisconsin, was awarded an NFL franchise. 
1939: the Heinkel H-E 178 made its maiden flight. It was the world's first jet propelled airplane. 
1950: the United States Army seized all U.S. railroads to prevent a strike. 
1955: "The Guinness Book of World Records" was published for the first time.  It sold more than 70-million copies, ranking second to the Bible with the most copies sold. 


1964: Disney's "Mary Poppins" was released. 


1965: The Beatles, on tour in Los Angeles, visited Elvis Presley at his Bel Air home. They stayed up all night talking and jamming.
1977: Texas Rangers Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs off Ken Clay in Yankee Stadium. The Rangers won 8-2.
1982: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base to break Lou Brock’s major-league theft record of 118. Rickey stole three more that day, but Milwaukee still won 5-4.
1987: An American couple's amorous behavior onboard a plane resulted in them being accused of lewd and obscene acts in the presence of a minor. The pilot of the coast-to-coast flight landed in Houston, where the just-married couple were arrested.


1990: In the World Wrestling Federation’s Summer Slam, the Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude.


1992: A Russian man arrived at his weekend country home near Arkhangelsk on the White Sea to find the entire house, storage buildings, and fences stolen. The thieves had not touched his vegetable garden.
1996: Four armed and masked bandits intent on robbing a Checkers restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida, were arrested when it turned out the shrub near the drive-in window was carrying a shotgun. Detective Earl Feugill had been staked-out as a shaggy green bush for 90 minutes waiting for the robbers who had been targeting fast food restaurants.
1997: Animal humane officer Bob Warren of Kenosha, Wisconsin, rescued his seventh skunk of the summer with its head stuck in a Yoplait yogurt container. Warren said it’s not that difficult as long as you keep the skunk’s tail down.
1999: Two Russian cosmonauts and a French astronaut left Mir to return to Earth, leaving the orbiting Russian space station unmanned for the first time in 13 years.
2001: Sophie Frith won the Southern Daily Echo baby beauty contest in London. Ironically, her identical twin sister Olivia didn't even make the second round. The twins were dressed alike and their photos were indistinguishable, yet Sophie received hundreds more votes than Olivia.
2002: Working off-duty security at a New Orleans bus station, homicide detective Bernard Crowden was catching up on paperwork for a murder case when the suspect walked up and asked where he could catch a cab. Crowden immediately arrested Tron Hughes, who had just stepped off a bus from Houston. He was jailed without bond for first-degree murder.
2005: The Gulf Coast between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle was battening down for the second landfall of Hurricane Katrina, a a Category 3 storm and getting stronger.


2007, Atlanta Falcons NFL quarterback Michael Vick asked for forgiveness and apologized for his actions after formally pleading guilty to his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring.  The NFL suspended Vick indefinitely for his actions.  




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Guinness Book of Records (Taken from Link


The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records is bound and released in the UK. It became a Christmas best-seller that year.






QUICK TRIVIA

Banana Facts (Taken from Link)



  • Bananas can be found in other colors, including red.
  • Banana plants are not trees, they are a type of herb.
  • A row of bananas is sometimes called a 'hand', while a single banana is called a 'finger'.
  • The average banana weighs around 125 grams.
  • Bananas contain around 75% water.
  • The most popular type of banana sold in stores these days is the Cavendish banana, it is resistant to the strain of Panama disease that effectively wiped out the Gros Michel banana but there are concerns that it too may eventually suffer a similar fate.
  • India is the leading producer of bananas.
  • Bananas sent overseas are picked green and ripened under special conditions when they reach their destination.
  • Fiber taken from banana plants can be used to make clothes.






WORD OF THE DAY


Intrepid  [in-trep-id] 
adjective
resolutely fearless; dauntless: an intrepid explorer.



"Joey, armed with a plastic sword and Army helmet, pretended to be an intrepid warrior" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Caleb had incredible strength and vitality at 85 years of age.

"Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’ 10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then" (Joshua 14:6-11).


WORD FROM THE WORD


An angel touched [Elijah], and said to him, “Arise and eat.” —1 Kings 19:5

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