Fun Facts for Thursday, April 17, 2014
The 107 day of the year
258 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
- National Animal Control Appreciation Week
- National Environmental Education Week
- National Library Week
- National Public Safety Telecommunicators (911 Operators) Week
- National Student Employment Week
- Pan American Week
- Undergraduate Research Week
- Health Information Privacy and Security Week
- Bat Appreciation Day
- Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
- Ellis Island Family History Day
- Ford Mustang Day
- Get to Know Your Customers Day
- High Five Day
- National Haiku Poetry Day
- Nothing Like A Dame Day
- Poem In Your Pocket Day
- Support Teen Literature Day
- National Cheeseball Day
- Healthy Kids Day
ON THIS DATE...
1194: Richard the Lionhearted returned to England and was crowned for the second time after his epic journey and victory in the Third Crusade.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a contract, giving Columbus a commission to seek a western route to the Indies.
1524: Giovanni da Verrazano discovered New York Harbor.
1629: Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1790: legendary American statesman Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84.
1810: Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton. Mr. Norton lived nowhere near pineapples. He was from Troy, PA
1860: it became law in New York City that tenement houses be equipped with fire escapes.
1861: Virginia voted to secede from the Union, the 8th state to do so.
1875: The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1935: People gathered around the radio to listen for the first time to what would become the ultimate horror show on NBC Radio. Lights Out remained on radio until 1946.
1941: Igor Sikorsky made the first successful flight in an amphibious helicopter.
1946: Syria declared independence from French administration.
1953: New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot home run at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. It is the longest home run ever recorded. The ball was found a block away from the stadium.
1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion begins
1964: Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang.
1967: "The Joey Bishop Show" debuted on ABC Television. The show was designed to challenge NBC's "Tonight Show." It went off the air two years later.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He was originally sentenced to death, but the sentence was reduced to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty.
1970: The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, after four days in a crippled spacecraft.
1970: Paul McCartney released his first solo album "McCartney." The release signified the end of The Beatles.
1971: Joy to the World, by Three Dog Night, made it to the top of the pop music charts on this day. The song was number one for six weeks
1985: the United States Postal Service unveiled it's "LOVE" stamp.
1985: "Days of our Lives" fans lined up in Hollywood, California, to get tickets to watch characters Bo and Hope get married. It was the first soap opera wedding open to fans.
1987: Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers became the third NBA player to score 30:000 points in a career. Erving scored 38 points to join Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the elite category.
1993: a federal grand jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers, Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.
1993: officials at Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California, announced they would not hold any more rap concerts at the amusement park after several hundred youths went on a rampage when they couldn't get into a sold-out show featuring TLC and Paperboy.
1997: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils became only the second goaltender to score a goal in a playoff game.
2001: Mississippi residents voted to keep the Confederate emblem on their state flag.
2001: San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bonds became the 17th player to reach 500.
2006: former Illinois Governor George Ryan was found guilty on all charges in his federal corruption trial in Chicago. A onetime Nobel Prize nominee, Ryan received international attention 2003 when he commuted the death row sentences of 167 Illinois prisoners.
2013: a funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on this date.
2013: an explosion at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries.
The Ford Mustang (Taken from Link)
One of the world's most popular cars was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964, at the New York's World Fair. The night before, the new Ford Mustang was the pace car at a stock car race in my hometown--Huntsville, Alabama. The car appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek.
Advertisements appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers and on the major television networks. More than four million people visited showrooms, and more than 22,000 cars were ordered on the first day. First-year sales totaled more than 417,000, shattering previous sales records of any one model in the history of the automobile.
The Mustang was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500 in 1964
In 1801, the town of Cheshire, Mass., sent a 1,000-pound cheese ball to the White House as a gift for new President Thomas Jefferson.
|Not the actual cheeseball--or even a replica. |
It's just a normal cheeseball.
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
"Joey thought that it was an enigma donuts were so light and airy and yet contained many calories"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The Apostle Paul was not one to brag on himself--unless he was forced to do so as he was when he wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth. There were some who were questioning his apostleship and attempting to tarnish his name. (His bragging--much different than ours)
"I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?" (1 Cor 11:16-29)
WORD FROM THE WORD
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” —Genesis 41:39
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