Fun Facts for Thursday, October 23, 2014
The 296 day of the year
69 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- Bullying Bystanders Unite Week
- International Infection Prevention Week
- National Character Counts Week
- National Chemistry Week
- National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
- National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
- National Massage Therapy Week
- National Respiratory Care Week
- National Save For Retirement Week
- Pastoral Care Week
- IPod Day
- National Mole Day (Link)
- National Pharmacy Technician Day
- Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
- TV Talk Show Host Day
- National Canning Day
- National Boston Cream Pie Day
ON THIS DATE...
1910: Blanche S. Scott became the first woman aviator. Blanche was known, not as an aviator, but an aviatrix. She soared to an altitude of 12 feet over Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
1915: 25-thousand women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.
1915: The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.
1930: J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN
1941: Walt Disney's animated classic "Dumbo" was released in theaters across the U.S..
1956: Jonathan Winters became a TV star. Winters was seen coast to coast in the first videotape recording to be broadcast. The tape originated from WRCA-TV in New York City. The broadcast was developed for NBC network stations.
1962: 12-year-old Steveland Morris Judkins recorded his first single, "Thank You for Loving Me All the Way," for Motown Records. He later became known a Little Stevie Wonder.
1964: the United States basketball team won the gold medal at the Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.
1973: President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings to Watergate judge John Sirica.
1976: Chicago topped the charts with "If You Leave Me Now."
1979: Monty Python's "Life of Brian" opened in theatres across the U.S..
1983: 237 U.S. Marines stationed in Lebanon were killed when a suicide truck bomber crashed into the U.S. compound at Beirut International Airport.
1989: Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule.
1991: Clarence Thomas was sworn in as the nation's 106th Supreme Court Justice.
1998: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-peace agreement at the White House.
2000: Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (USCPG) and Amblin Entertainment announced an unprecedented and exclusive three-year worldwide merchandising program with Toys "R" Us, Inc. The deal was for the rights to exclusive "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" merchandise starting in fall 2001. The film was scheduled for re-release in the spring of 2002.
2004: pop singer Ashlee Simpson created a media buzz after a performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" when it was revealed during a musical miscue that she was using a pre-recorded vocal track in her supposed live performance. Simpson later said she had to use guided vocals to lip-sync the performance because she had lost her voice that day.
Chicago's first number one hit: "If You Leave Me Now" (Source and Song)
Chicago's bass player, Peter Cetera, wrote the song and sang lead. After it became a huge hit, the band became known for its ballads that featured Cetera's vocals and de-emphasized the horn section. In the UK, this was Chicago's only #1 hit. This was also the first Chicago single to feature an acoustic guitar lead.
National Mole Day (Taken from Link)
Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.
WORD FOR THE DAY
Vernacular [ver-nak-yuh-ler] adjective
1. native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned ).
2. expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works.
"Missy had never been to Sunday School before and, although she enjoyed the donuts, she was unfamiliar with the vernacular. "
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Paul made a specific reference to a ship that took him to Rome.
"After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux" (Acts 28:11).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Search me, O God, and know my heart. —Psalm 13923
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"