Fun Facts for Monday, March 2, 2015
The 61 day of the year
304 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- National Maple Syrup Days
- National Cheerleading Week
- National Ghostwriters Week
- National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week
- National Consumer Protection Week
- National Pet Sitters Week
- National Procrastination Week
- National Schools Social Work Week
- National Sleep Awareness Week
- National Words Matter Week
- Professional Pet Sitters Week
- Return The Borrowed Books Week
- Save Your Vision Week
- Severe Weather Preparedness Week
- National School Breakfast Week
- Casimir Pulaski Day
- Dr. Seuss Day
- Fun Facts About Names Day
- NEA's Read Across America Day (Link)
- Banana Creme Pie Day (recipe)
ON THIS DATE...
1776: General George Washington orders American artillery forces to begin bombarding Boston from their positions at Lechmere Point (read more).
1807: The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country (Link).
1829: the New England Asylum for the Blind, now known as The Perkins School For The Blind, incorporated on this date (learn more).
1836: Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
1959: the Connecticut-based Southern New England Telephone tested an experimental push-button phone in the New Haven area, to see if customers dial fewer wrong numbers.
1867: The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.
1877: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876 (Read more).
1882: Queen Victoria narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.
1917: Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.
1933: The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall (Read more).
1949: Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
1949: The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
1951: The first NBA All-Star game was held.
1962: Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points (Video).
1969: The French-built Concorde made its maiden flight.
1974: Stevie Wonder dominated the Grammys, taking home five awards for his "Innervisions" album.
1976: Walt Disney World logged its "50-Millionth" guest.
1983: Compact Discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.
1984: The first McDonald's franchise was closed -- in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1996: Ford Motor Company celebrates the production of its 1 millionth Mustang, a white convertible. The sporty, affordable vehicle was officially launched two years earlier, on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York (Link).
Dr. Seuss (Source)
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born on this day in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.
The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted's career, developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 "new-reader" vocabulary words. Because he was under contract to Random House, Random House obtained the trade publication rights, and Houghton Mifflin kept the school rights. With the release of The Cat in the Hat, Ted became the definitive children's book author and illustrator.
The top 5 names for girls/boys: (Source)
WORD OF THE DAY
1. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea
2. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay:
3.a point of decline:
verb (used without object)
4. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow ).
5. to decline or decay; fade away:
"Although grandma couldn't get around like she used to, she recognized that it was just the ebb of life, and she maintained a great attitude"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Philip, who was one of the first "deacons" (Acts 6), had four daughters who prophesied.
"On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied" (Acts 21:8-9).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; . . . they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"