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Fun Facts for Thursday, July 24, 2014
The 205 day of the year
160 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Education & Awareness Week
- Everybody Deserves A Massage Week
- National Parenting Gifted Children Week
- Captive Nations Week
- National Independent Retailers Week
- National Zoo Keeper Week
- Cousins Day
- National Drive-Thru Day
- National Tequila Day
- Tell An Old Joke Day
ON THIS DATE...
1725: John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace" and other hymns, is born in London. Converted to Christianity while working on a slave ship, he hoped as a Christian to restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, "promoting the life of God in the soul" of both his crew and his African cargo. In 1764 he became an Anglican minister and each week wrote a hymn to be sung to a familiar tune. In 1787 Newton wrote Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade to help William Wilberforce's campaign to end the slave trade
1847: At the Great Salt Lake, Brigham Young founded the State of Deseret. The U.S. government later changed the name to Utah.
1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
1874: Oswald Chambers, author of "My Utmost for His Highest" (which was published posthumously in 1927), is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.
1915: The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
1941: WRBL in Columbus, Ohio, hired 17-year-old Chet Atkins as a staff guitarist.
1952: High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, opened at U.S. movie theaters. The role won Cooper an Academy Award for Best Actor. The title song, sung by Tex Ritter, also won an Oscar. Cooper did the movie for $60,000 plus a percentage of the gross.
1956: After exactly ten years to the day together as the country’s
most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did their final show at the Copacabana in New York City.
1965: Singer Bob Dylan released "Like A Rolling Stone."
1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
1974: - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
1979: Evangelist "Little Richard" Penniman warned at a San Francisco revival about the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll.
1983: George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident"
1987: 91-year-old Hulda Crooks became the oldest person ever to climb Japan’s Mt. Fuji. When her team reached the summit, Hulda said, "Hey, dudes -- how do I get down from here?"
1993: 82-year-old Dick McDonald married 81-year-old Grace Sims in Pacific Palisades, California. It was their second marriage—to each other. They had been divorced for 61 years.
1996: The city of Tianjin in northern China approved a fine equal to $150 for couples caught living together without a marriage license. They called it a "sin tax."
1998: A 48-year-old woman told police her dentist stormed into a crowded Wiesbaden, Germany, bar and yanked out her dentures because she failed to pay her dental bill. Police later found the dentures at the dentist’s office.
2001: A teen-age suspect who was apparently under the influence of drugs escaped from authorities in Lewiston, Maine, after biting through the steel chain on his handcuffs. The boy was recaptured and placed in a home for troubled teens.
2002: A fleet of six bicycle ambulances, complete with flashing blue lights, sirens and heart-starting defibrillators, hit the streets of London. The two-wheeled ambulances were sent to emergency calls downtown at the same time as their four-wheel counterparts. Trials revealed the bicycles were likely to arrive first in 88 percent of cases. In a third of calls, the bicycle medic was also able to treat the patient at the scene and cancel the full ambulance response.
2005: Lance Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France victory.
2006: Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalized on a forced feeding tube in Baghdad as his massacre trial resumed without him.
Bonneville leads first wagon crossing of South Pass (Taken from Link)
Benjamin Bonneville, an inept fur trader who some speculate may have actually been a spy, leads the first wagon train to cross the Rocky Mountains at Wyoming's South Pass.
The motivations for Bonneville's western expeditions have always remained somewhat mysterious. A native of France, Bonneville came to the United States in 1803 at the age of seven. He later graduated from West Point, and he served at frontier posts in Arkansas, Texas, and Indian Territory. According to one view, Bonneville simply observed the rapid growth of the western fur trade at these posts and conceived a bold plan to mount his own fur trading expedition. However, others suggest Bonneville's true goal for the expedition may have been to serve as a Far Western spy for the U.S. government.
Many major chains do 60% to 70% of their business at the drive-thru.
(Taken from Link)
WORD OF THE DAY
1. very numerous or great.
2. unable to be calculated; beyond calculation.
"Sally began to count the number of stars in the sky, but it became clear to her very quickly, that their number was incalculable"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The story of the rich, young, ruler is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In all 3 gospels he is called rich--or even extremely wealthy. Only Matthew calls him a young man. Only Luke identifies him as a “ruler” which probably meant that he was a leader in the synagogue or he might have been part of the ruling body of the Sanhedrin.
WORD FROM THE WORD
He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. —Psalm 147:4
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"