Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Chicken Wing Day
Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The 210 day of the year
155 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • Fancy Rat & Mouse Week



TODAY IS

  • Lasagna Day
  • National Chicken Wing Day
  • Rain Day in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. It always rains in Waynesburg on July 29th
  • NASA Day
  • National Photograph Your Children When They're Not Looking Day
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day



ON THIS DATE...
1786: The Pittsburgh Gazette became the first newspaper published west of the Alleghenies.
1866: Thomas Chisholm was born. The American Methodist pastor wrote 1,200 poems, one of which became the familiar hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
1874: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of England received a patent for the lawn-tennis court.
1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
1955: Johnny Cash recorded "Folsom Prison Blues." He had written the song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. 


1957: Jack Paar debuted as host of "The Tonight Show." 


1963: Peter, Paul and Mary released "Blowin' In The Wind."
1967: Louis Armstrong recorded "What A Wonderful World." He insisted on singing the song only once. ABC Records used the first and only take.


1981: Hundreds of millions watched on television as Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Even North American networks carried the ceremony live though it was in the wee hours of the morning. 

1988: Federal regulators shut down the largest bank in Texas, First RepublicBank of Dallas, and sold it to North Carolina National Bank.
1988: Reg Morris of Walsall, England, crawled on his hands and knees a world record 28.5 miles. Three years earlier, Reg carried a brick 61 miles.
1995: InStyle magazine reported that fitness guru Richard Simmons had outfitted his minivan with doggie seats and special airbags to protect his new Dalmatian puppies.


1996: Carl Lewis won his ninth Olympic gold medal by winning the long jump competition., tying swimmer Mark Spitz for most golds by an American athlete.

2002: An American explorer who had survived seven expeditions to the Antarctic cut off three toes mowing his lawn. The 53-year-old explorer, from Galena, Illinois, was forced to delay an eighth Antarctic trip by several months. He said the embarrassment was almost as bad as losing the toes.
2003: Boston's Bill Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in a game. He also hit a third homer in a 14-7 win against the Rangers in Texas.
2005: Astronomers announced that they'd discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

NASA is created (Taken from Link


On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an act that creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He called the signing an historic step, further equipping the United States for leadership in the space age.



QUICK TRIVIA

Lasagna (Taken from Link


The word lasagna originally referred to the pot in which the dish was cooked rather than the food itself as it does today. In fact, it is believed by some that the word is derived from the Greek word for "chamber pot" (lasanon).


WORD OF THE DAY


feign \FEYN\, verb:
1. To represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of.
2. To invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
3. To make believe; pretend.

"Annie feigned interest as her husband talked about his fantasy football league over dinner."



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 
When the Lord Jesus spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus He spoke in Hebrew (Acts 26:14-15)

"And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?  (Acts 26:14)



WORD FROM THE WORD

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:16

Read today's "Our Daily Bread


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fun Facts for Monday, July 28, 2014

National Milk Chocolate Day 
Fun Facts for Monday, July 28, 2014
The 209 day of the year
156 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • Fancy Rat & Mouse Week



TODAY IS

  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • Eid-Al-Fitr
  • National Milk Chocolate Day
  • World Hepatitis Day



ON THIS DATE...
1750: German composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.  The "Brandenburg Concertos" are among his most respected compositions.  


1866: the metric system was authorized for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. 


1868: the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," which included people of African heritage who had just been freed from slavery after the Civil War.  
1858:Fingerprints were first used as a means of identification by William Herschel, who later established a fingerprint register.
1875: the first nine-inning Major League Baseball no hitter was pitched by Joe Borden. 
1896: the community of Miami, Florida, was incorporated. 
1933: the first singing telegram was delivered.  It was a birthday greeting sent by a fan to Hollywood singing star Rudy Vallee. 
1939: Judy Garland recorded the song "Over the Rainbow." 


1951: Disney's film "Alice in Wonderland" was released by R-K-O Pictures. 


1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top of the music charts with their hit "Sh-Boom."  The song is considered by many to be the first rock and roll record. 
1973: "Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors married Farrah Fawcett of TV's "Charlie's Angels."  
1978: "National Lampoon's Animal House" opened in movie theaters around the country.  The movie went on to become the highest grossing comedy of its time and launched "Saturday Night Live" cast member John Belushi into superstardom. 
1982: in an incident that ignited controversy as to whether it was real or staged, comedian Andy Kaufman and professional wrestler Jerry Lawler brawled during a live taping of NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman."  The shouting match, which began with Kaufman's taunts of the wrestler, escalated into violence as Lawler knocked Kaufman to the floor with a blow to the head.  Kaufman retaliated by throwing a cup of coffee on the wrestler.  The brawl was later confirmed as a setup.   


1982: "An Officer And A Gentleman" starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr. opened in theaters around the country. 

1984: the 23rd Summer Olympic games opened in Los Angeles, California. 
1998: former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was granted blanket immunity in exchange for providing full testimony to a grand jury investigating President Bill Clinton. 
2002: a new postage stamp was unveiled bearing the likeness of late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Marshall was the country's first Black Supreme Court Justice.  He served on the court for 24 years until his retirement 1991.  He died in January 1993.  
1998: Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. announced a deal to create the second-biggest telephone company. The resulting mega-corporation was later to be named Verizon Communications.
2006: Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was caught speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.  
2009: the Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, sending her nomination to the full Senate for approval. 


HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

14th Amendment is Adopted  (Taken from Link


The 14th Amendment to the Constitution granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.
The Senate passed the 14th Amendment on June 8, 1866, by a vote of 33 to 11, while the House of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment on June 13, 1866, by a vote of 120 to 32. On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the 14th Amendment by the states.


QUICK TRIVIA

Johann Sebastian Bach (Taken from Link

Bach had a beautiful soprano singing voice, which helped him land a place at a school in Lüneburg. Sometime after his arrival, his voice changed and Bach switched to playing the violin and the harpsichord. Bach was greatly influenced by a local organist named George Böhm. In 1703, he landed his first job as a musician at the court of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar. There he was a jack-of-all-trades, serving as a violinist at times and filling in for the official organist in other moments.


WORD OF THE DAY


Aglet [ag-lit]

noun
1. a metal tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
2. (in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.

"Because both aglets were missing, Melinda was having a difficult time trying to lace up her shoe." 


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

God used the pillar of cloud to separate the people of Israel from the armies of Egypt. This cloud provided night and light. 

"Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long" (Exodus 14:19-20). 


WORD FROM THE WORD

When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. —Acts 28:15

Read today's "Our Daily Bread


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, July 25, 2014

National Talk In An Elevator Day
Fun Facts for Friday, July 25, 2014
The 206 day of the year
159 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



TODAY IS

  • Carousel Day or Merry-Go-Round Day
  • Thread The Needle Day
  • Lumberjack Day
  • National Talk in An Elevator Day
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day
  • Video Games Day
  • National Hot Fudge Sundae Day



ON THIS DATE...
44: St. James the Greater, the apostle and brother of St. John, was killed at Jerusalem.
285: Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler.


325: The Council of Nicea closes. The first ecumenical council, convened by Constantine, it rejected the Arians (who denied the full divinity of Christ) as heretics


1609: The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
1832: The first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurred, on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Massachusetts.
1854: The paper shirt collar was patented by Walter Hunt of New York City


1866: Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank.


1872: One of the most unusual rains in history occurred as thousands of black worms rained from the sky over Bucharest, Rumania.
1899: Stuart Hine was born in England. While serving as a missionary to Ukraine, he wrote English words to a traditional Swedish hymn, which is sung today as "How Great Thou Art."
1969: U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident one week after an auto accident at Chappaquiddick had taken the life of Mary Jo Kopechne.
1978: Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she'd been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1979: President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mudd’s name was no longer mud.
1984: Singer/composer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton died. In August 1952 she recorded "You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog" for Houston’s Peacock Records.


1990: Roseanne Barr sang "The National Anthem" before a major-league baseball game in San Diego. When she spit and scratched herself, the fans booed.


1992: A college student in Ogden, Utah, got so mad at Baskin-Robbins employees for closing before he got his ice cream, he mooned them. Unfortunately, he pressed too hard against the window, shattered the glass, and cut his buttocks.
1998: A pair of identical Ethiopian twin brothers drew lots near Addis Ababa to see who would marry whom after their parents arranged their marriage to a pair of identical twin girls.
1999: In Bath, England, fragments of a man’s false teeth were found in his windpipe eight years after he thought he lost them in a traffic accident. Mike Russell had suffered severe breathing difficulties for years until doctors finally found four front teeth, still attached to a dental plate, wedged above the entrance to his right lung. They were removed in ten minutes and his breathing improved immediately.
2002: Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
2002: In England, police tried to issue a speeding ticket for a vintage vehicle with a top speed of 18 mph which hadn't been on the roads for 40 years. A prosecution notice sent to a museum West Yorkshire claimed the 'mechanical horse' was clocked doing 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. The Scammel three-wheeler was parked up at the Museum of Rail Travel when it was supposed to have been speeding in Bolton. Police said the mix-up occurred when the Scammel's license number was confused with one on a Belgian car.
2004: Lance Armstrong won the grueling Tour de France bicycle race for a record sixth consecutive year.
2007: Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

World's First Test Tube Baby Born (Taken from Link


On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.



QUICK TRIVIA

20 Useful Tips for Elevator-Phobes (Taken from Link


1. Carry a book of crossword puzzles you can take out when you need to.
2. Snap a rubber band on your wrist.
3. Put your keys in your pocket and try to distinguish which is which by feel.
4. Have some coins in your pocket and try to distinguish which is which by feel.
5. Pop some strong mints or sour candy in your mouth.
6. Circle all the five-letter words on a newspaper or magazine page.
7. Put a pebble in your shoe and press your foot down on it.
8. Make lists: ordinary tasks, people to catch up with, life goals, etc.
9. Count the tiles on the floor or ceiling.
10. Go through the alphabet and think of a girl's name that begins with each letter.
11. Do the same thing with boys' names.
12. Play a memory game by recalling telephone numbers you call often.
13. Needlepoint or any other type of sewing.
14. Count down from 100.
15. Count down from 100 by threes.
16. Carry a prickly hair curler and squeeze it in your hand.
17. Choose a word and see how many other words you can think of that are related to it.
18. Read. If necessary, take your newspaper, magazine or book and try to read it upside down.
19. Smelling salts.
20. Most importantly, lower your fear by riding an elevator every day!



WORD OF THE DAY


feigned [feynd]
adjective
1. pretended; sham; counterfeit: feigned enthusiasm.
2. assumed; fictitious: a feigned name.
3. disguised: a feigned voice.

Misty said she was feeling too sick to go to church, but when dad reminded her that she would not be able to go to the birthday party after church, it turned out that her sickness was feigned. 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

On several occassions, it is recorded that Jesus sighed. 

"He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”)" (Mark 7:34). 
He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it” (Mark 8:12). 



WORD FROM THE WORD

Today salvation has come to this house. —Luke 19:9

Read today's "Our Daily Bread