Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, May 4, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, May 4, 2015
The  125 day of the year
241 days left to go 




THIS WEEK IS

  • Children's Mental Health Week
  • Drinking Water Week
  • Flexible Work Arrangement Week
  • Kids Win Week
  • National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week
  • National Correctional Officer's Week
  • National Family Week
  • National Hug Holiday Week
  • National Post Card Week
  • National Raisin Week




TODAY IS

  • Day of Vesak
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!) 
  • International Firefighters Day: 
  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • Melanoma Monday 
  • National Library Legislative Day-
  • Petite and Proud Day
  • World Give Day
  • National Homebrew Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • National Weather Observers Day
  • National Renewal Day
  • Bird Day




ON THIS DATE...
1776: Rhode Island declares independence
1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood.


1956: Gene Vincent and his group, The Blue Caps, recorded "Be-Bop-A Lula."


1959: The first ever Grammies were awarded for: best single Domenico Modugnos "Volare;" best album Henry Mancinis Peter Gunn; best C&W the Kingston Trios "Tom Dooley;" best R&B "Tequila" by The Champs.


1968: "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" by Ohio Express entered the Billboard Hot 100. It sold a million and hit #4, though Ohio Express had nothing to do with it. It was a demo with studio musicians; co-writer Joey Levine was lead vocalist.


1970: National Guard kills four at Kent State (read more)

1975: Moe Howard, the last of the original Three Stooges, died of cancer at age 78. His real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe, with his brothers Curly and Shemp, created the Three Stooges as a vaudeville act. They made 190 short movies.
1987: Playtex became the first manufacturer to air TV ads featuring live models wearing bras.


1994: After Ernie Banks paraded a goat around Wrigley Field for good luck, the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati to end a 12-game home losing streak.


1997: A wildly quacking duck, jumping around in circles in the middle of the street, stopped a police car in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Then, the mama mallard led the officers to a nearby storm drain where her nine baby ducks were trapped. The officers rescued the babies, and proclaimed the mama one dexterous duck.


2001: Actress Bonnie Lee Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in a car waiting for her actor husband Robert Blake. In April 2002, Blake was charged with the murder, but a jury acquitted him in 2005.

2001: A South African grandmother caught driving at 106 miles per hour near Capetown told officers she was late for church. The 71-year-old woman was fined the equivalent of $110.



HISTORY TODAY 

Star Wars Day (Source)


Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”

While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars social media channels (hashtag #StarWarsDay) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.



QUICK TRIVIA
Five Food Finds about Hoagies (Source)



  • The original “hoagie” is what is now referred to as an “Italian Hoagie” which includes a variety of traditional Italian lunch meats, including dry salami, mortadella, capicolla, and provolone served with lettuce, tomato and onions with a light vinegar and oil dressing.
  • Former Philadelphia mayor (also once Pennsylvania governor) Ed Rendell declared the hoagie the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia”.
  • Most hoagie shops offer single-meat hoagies (for example, ham or salami hoagies) as well as premium hoagies with upscale ingredients: prosciutto, imported Italian lunchmeats (cotechino, mortadella, sopressata, etc.). A popular variant is the grinder or cosmo, which is essentially a hoagie that has been toasted under a broiler.
  • Many takeout shops in Chicago sell a “hoagy” (sic.), usually containing steak and other ingredients, with the option of being “heated.” They also sell cheesesteak, referred to most often as “Philly Steak.”
  • In many areas the default cheese on a hoagie is Provolone, while in others it is white American cheese. Cheese-only hoagies (Provolone, American, or Mixed) replace the meat with extra slices of cheese.



WORD FOR THE DAY


Approbation
–noun ap-pro-ba-tion

1. approval; commendation. 
2. official approval or sanction. 

"Ethel received the approbation from her husband, Claude, to go shopping with his credit card"  



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The Bible is the world’s best-selling book. It is also the world’s most shoplifted book (Link)




WORD FROM THE WORD


The marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. —Revelation 19:7


Our Daily Bread 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, May 1, 2015

International Tuba Day
Fun Facts for Friday, May 1, 2015
The 121 day of the year
244 days left to go





THIS WEEK IS

  • Preservation Week
  • Air Quality Awareness Week



TODAY IS

  • National Loyalty Day
  • National Mother Goose Day
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • National Space Day
  • Law Day
  • Silver Star Service Banner Day
  • Amtrak Day
  • Batman Day
  • Dandelion Days
  • Executive Coaching Day
  • International Space Day
  • Keep Kids Alive! Drive 25 Day
  • Lei Day (Link)
  • Mariachi Day
  • May Day
  • National Bubba Day
  • National Purebred Dog Day
  • New Homeowner's Day
  • School Principals' Day
  • Stepmother's Day
  • Tuba Day (Link)



ON THIS DATE...
1830: "Mother Jones," one of the most enduring figures of the American union movement was born Mary Harris on this date (Bio). 


1883: Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) staged his first Wild West Show.

1884: construction began in Chicago, Illinois, on America's first skyscraper.  The ten-story building would soon house the Home Insurance Company. 
1920: the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers played the longest game in baseball history. The 26-inning game ended tied at one. 
1926: Ford factory workers get 40-hour week
1931: standing 102 stories above the ground, New York's Empire State Building was dedicated on this date.  
1931: singer Kate Smith began her radio career on CBS.  
1935: construction of Boulder Dam was completed. 
1939: "Batman" made his debut as a comic strip hero by D.C. Comics. 


1941: General Mills introduced Cheerios cereal.


  
1941: "Citizen Kane" had its premiere at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City.  
1951: Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees belted his first major league home run off Randy Gumpert of the Chicago White Sox. 
1956: The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
1961: Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba.
1963: James W. Whittaker of Redmond, Washington became the first American to reach the top of Mount Everest.  
1967: Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.  
1971: Amtrak began service. 


1982: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts topped the pop singles chart with "I Love Rock and Roll." 

1986: NASCAR driver Bill Elliott set a stock car speed record of just over 212-miles-per-hour in his Ford Thunderbird at Talladega Superspeedway. 
1988: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls became the first player to score 50 or more points in consecutive playoff games, in the Bulls' first two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the First Round of their Eastern Conference series. 
1992: on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking, "Can we all get along?"  In the days of rioting, more than 50 people died, 200 were injured and more than eleven-thousand people were arrested. 


1997: led by Tony Blair, the Labour Party returned to power in Great Britain after 18 years of Conservative rule.  At age 43: Blair also became the youngest British Prime Minister in more than a century.  

1997: Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. 


1999: The Liberty Bell 7, the Mercury space capsule flown by Gus Grissom, was found in the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, 38 years after it sank.

2009: the "X-Men" prequel "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman, opened in theaters on this date.  The film grossed more than 87-million-dollars in its first three days at the North American box office. 
2011: over one million people flocked to St. Peter's Square to witness the beatification of the late Pope John Paul the Second at the Vatican.  The official proclamation came from Pope Benedict the 16th, who said, "From now on Pope John Paul shall be called 'blessed.'"  With those words, Pope Benedict moved his predecessor one step closer to sainthood.  




2011: President Barack Obama announced the death of elusive terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House.  Known to be the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Bin Laden was killed in a missile strike carried out by Navy SEALs under President Obama's orders. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Ford factory workers get 40-hour week (Source)


On this day in 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. The policy would be extended to Ford's office workers the following August. 

Henry Ford's Detroit-based automobile company had broken ground in its labor policies before. In early 1914, against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and increasing labor unrest, Ford announced that it would pay its male factory workers a minimum wage of $5 per eight-hour day, upped from a previous rate of $2.34 for nine hours (the policy was adopted for female workers in 1916). The news shocked many in the industry--at the time, $5 per day was nearly double what the average auto worker made--but turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, immediately boosting productivity along the assembly line and building a sense of company loyalty and pride among Ford's workers.



QUICK TRIVIA 

Batman (Source



In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at the comic book division of National Publications (the future DC Comics) to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created "the Bat-Man." 



WORD OF THE DAY 


enigma [uh-nig-muh] –noun,

1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: 
3. a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle

"How Barkey the dog continued to get out of his enclosure and onto the couch every day was an enigma"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

King Saul is described in the Old Testament as being impressive and tall

There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites—a head taller than any of the others. (1 Samuel 9:1-2)



WORD FROM THE WORD 


Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another. —Colossians 3:12-13


Read today's "Our Daily Bread

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hairstylist Appreciation Day
Fun Facts for Thursday, April 30, 2015
The 120 day of the year
245 days left to go 




THIS WEEK IS

  • Preservation Week
  • Air Quality Awareness Week



TODAY IS

  • National Honesty Day
  • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • National Bugs Bunny Day
  • National Hairstylist Appreciation Day
  • National Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • National Poem In Your Pocket Day
  • National Raisin Day
  • National Sarcoidosis Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Díá De Los Niños / Díá De Los Libros Day
  • National Animal Advocacy Day
  • National Honesty Day
  • Spank Out Day
  • Walpurgis Night




ON THIS DATE...
1789: George Washington took office as the first president of the United States. 


1798: the U.S. Department of the Navy was established (Link). 


1803:  Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.


1900: train engineer, Casey Jones, died while trying to save the "Cannonball Express" as it highballed through Vaughn, Mississippi (Read more). 

1900:  Hawaii was organized as a United States territory.
1927: The Federal Industrial Institution for Women, the first women's federal prison, opens in Alderson, West Virginia.
1931: The first George Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opened.
1938: Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Brothers cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." 
1939: "The Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, played in his two-thousand-130th and final game in a row for the New York Yankees. 
1939: public television began as President Franklin D. Roosevelt became first chief executive to appear on TV. Roosevelt spoke at the opening ceremonies of the World's Fair in Flushing, New York. 


1945: Jack Bailey was first heard on Mutual Radio uttering the phrase, "How would YOU like to be queen for a day?" "Queen for a Day" later became a popular television show (read more). 

1945: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife Eva Braun as Russian troops closed in on his hiding place in Berlin. Hitler was 56.
1945: Arthur Godfrey began his CBS Radio morning show. The program also ended on this day 1972. 
1947: President Harry Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.


1952: Mr. Potato Head became the first toy advertised on television (See commercial). 

1964: the FCC ruled all television receivers should be equipped for VHF and the new UHF. Television dealers scrambled to unload VHF-only models. New antennas had to be made. 
1980: "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe retired from professional hockey. 
1988: Pink Floyd's album, "Dark Side Of The Moon," fell from the Hot 200 Album Chart for the first time in 725 weeks, three weeks short of 14 years. It later re-entered the chart. 


1992: more than 44-million viewers tuned in to see the finale of the popular NBC sitcom, "The Cosby Show." 

1993: number one-ranked tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany.  The man who stabbed her described himself as a fan of second-ranked player Steffi Graf. 
2001: the first "space tourist," California businessman Dennis Tito arrived at the international space station aboard a Russian spacecraft. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

The first presidential inauguration (Source


In New York City, George Washington, the great military leader of the American Revolution, is inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

In February 1789, all 69 presidential electors unanimously chose Washington to be the first U.S. president. In March, the new U.S. constitution officially took effect, and in April Congress formally sent word to Washington that he had won the presidency. He borrowed money to pay off his debts in Virginia and traveled to New York. On April 30, he came across the Hudson River in a specially built and decorated barge. The inaugural ceremony was performed on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street, and a large crowd cheered after he took the oath of office. The president then retired indoors to read Congress his inaugural address, a quiet speech in which he spoke of "the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." The evening celebration was opened and closed by 13 skyrockets and 13 cannons.



QUICK TRIVIA 

Bugs Bunny Facts (Source)


Bugs Bunny starred in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1944. In 2002, he was named by TV Guide as the best cartoon character of all time. Bugs starred in 163 shorts in the Golden Age of American animation, and made cameos in three others along with a few appearances in non-animated films.
According to Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, he was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York (in a warren under Ebbets Field, famed home of the Brooklyn Dodgers), created by Tex Avery who directed A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny's debut) and Robert McKimson (who created the definitive Bugs Bunny character design), among many others. According to Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs Bunny has a Flatbush accent, an equal blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects (of the New York Accent). His catchphrase is a casual "Eh...what's up, doc?", usually said while chewing a carrot. His other popular phrases include "Of course you realize, this means war", "Ain't I a stinker?" and "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque."



WORD OF THE DAY 


abet  [uh-bet] 
verb (used with object), abetted, abetting.

to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: 

"Susie saw Sally headed for the cookie jar, but there was no way she was going to abet her activity" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

Moses was buried in Moab, but nobody knows where.
And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. (Deut 34:6-7)



WORD FROM THE WORD 


[You] have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. —Colossians 3:10

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