Fun Facts for Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The 71 day of the year
294 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- American Council on Education
- National Procrastination Week
- Universal Women's Week
- National Agriculture Week
- Teen Tech Week
- Girl Scout Week
- International Brain Awareness Week
- Girl Scout Birthday Day
- Registered Dietitian Day
- World Maths Day
- National Baked Scallops Day
ON THIS DATE...
1609: Bermuda became a British colony.
1664: New Jersey became a British colony as King Charles II granted the land to his brother James, the Duke of York.
1884: Mississippi authorized the first state-supported college for women, the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
1894: the first bottles of Coca-Cola were sold.
1912: the Girl Scouts organization was founded. The group was originally known as the American Girl Guides.
1923: Dr. Lee De Forest demonstrated his invention on how to put sound on film. It later became known as a soundtrack.
1933: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered the first of his fireside chats to America.
1947: Truman Doctrine is announced
1951: "Dennis the Menace," created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.
1955: the Dave Brubeck Quartet appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1964: civil rights activist Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam.
1969: Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman. Also, fellow Beatle George Harrison and his wife were arrested at their home on drug charges.
1972: the Boston Celtics retired Bill Russell's number six.
1974: "Wonder Woman" debuted on ABC television. The show starred Linda Carter.
1985: former President Richard Nixon announced he would give up Secret Service protection and would instead hire his own protection. The move was designed to save taxpayers three-million dollars each year.
1986: History's fattest cat died at age 10 in Cairns, Australia. The neutered male house cat named Himmy was 38 inches long and weighed 47 pounds.
1987: "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.
1988: Hail causes stampede at soccer match in Nepal
1992: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker announced they were divorcing.
1993: Janet Reno was sworn in as the nation's first female attorney general.
1994: actress Melanie Griffith changed her mind one day after announcing she was divorcing actor Don Johnson.
1996: Mahmoud Abdul Rauf of the Denver Nuggets was suspended without pay for refusing to stand during the national anthem. He cited his Islamic beliefs as the reason for his actions.
1998: the government reported the rate of new cancer cases among Americans had inched down for the first time, meaning over 70:000 fewer people than expected were diagnosed between 1992 and 1995.
2000: in an unprecedented moment in the history of the church, Pope John Paul the Second asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Roman Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.
2002: the gritty cop drama "The Shield," starring Michael Chiklis, premiered on FX.
2002: Houston homemaker Andrea Yates was convicted of murder in the drowning deaths of her five children in the family bathtub. She was later sentenced to life in prison.
2003: more than nine months after she was kidnapped from the bedroom of her Salt Lake City, Utah home, 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family. Police arrested drifter David Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee who were with Smart when police stopped the car she was riding in following a witness tip.
2008: comedian Billy Crystal reported to the New York Yankees spring training camp to work out with the club in Legends Field in Tampa, Florida. Crystal signed a one-day contract with the Yankees to play in the team's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He donned the Yankees uniform number 60.
2011: NFL owners locked out players after the league and its players association failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The lockout marked the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987. The owners and the NFLPA had been at odds over how to divide billions of dollars in annual revenue, extended benefits for retired players and expanding the regular season by two games to 18.
2013: the first day of the papal conclave ended without the election of a new Pope. Black smoke emerged from from a chimney in the Sistine Chapel signaling that the first vote to choose the new head of the Roman Catholic Church was unsuccessful.
The Girl Scouts (Taken from Link)
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults.
Wonder Woman was a TV series that originally aired from 1975 to 1979, based on the comic book superhero Wonder Woman. It starred Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor. (Link)
WORD OF THE DAY
pandiculation \pan-dik-yuh-LEY-shuhn\, noun:
an instinctive stretching, as on awakening or while yawning
"Awakening from her much-needed nap, Michelle pandiculated and then headed for the fridge"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
In the parable about the man who was awakened by a friend at midnight, the friend asked to borrow 3 loaves of bread
"Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.'
"Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 6-13)
WORD FROM THE WORD
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them. —Matthew 7:12
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"