Fun Facts for Monday, February 2, 2015
The 33 day of the year
330 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- African Heritage & Health Week
- Burn Awareness Week
- Boy Scout Anniversary Week
- Children's Authors & Illustrators Week
- International Coaching Week
- Just Say No to PowerPoint Week
- Women's Heart Week
- National School Counseling Week
- International Networking Week
- Groundhog Day
- Ayn Rand Day
- Crepe Day
- Groundhog Job Shadow Day
- Hedgehog Day
- Marmot Day
- Sled Dog Day
- World Play Your Ukulele Day
- World Wetlands Day
- National Heavenly Hash Day
- National Pisco Sour Day
ON THIS DATE...
962: Otto I invaded Italy and is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1653: New Amsterdam- now New York City:- was incorporated.
1801: The first parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland assembled.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo formally ended the
1848: The United States paid Mexico $15 million for lands that eventually became Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.
1863: Samuel Langhorne Clemens decided to use the pseudonym "Mark Twain. " (Bio)
1876: The National Baseball League was founded with eight teams: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford.
1878: Greece declared war on Turkey.
1887: The first Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
1892: William Painter of Baltimore, Maryland, patented the crown-cork bottle cap (Read more)
1913: Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
1914: Charlie Chaplin's first film appearance, Making a Living premiered. (See Video)
1916: U.S. Senate voted independence for the Philippines, effective in 1921.
1936: Babe Ruth was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1943: The last German troops in Stalingrad surrendered to the Red Army, ending one of the pivotal battles of World War II.
1946: The game "Twenty Questions" was first aired on radio.
1950: "What's My Line?" premiered on TV.
1967: The American Basketball Association was formed.
2004: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
2006: An aging Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.
2007: The worst flooding in Indonesia in 300 years begins.
Dog Team to the Rescue (Source)
On February 2, 1925, a dog sled team delivered medicine to the town of Nome, Alaska. The team delivered a crucial supply of diphtheria antitoxin, preventing an epidemic of the deadly disease in the isolated Arctic town.
The first leg of the relay, involving 20 mushers and more than 100 sled dogs, had begun five days earlier in Nenana, Alaska, about 1,046 kilometers (650 miles) east of Nome. The mushers raced across frozen tundra, icy rivers, forbidding mountain ranges, and shifting sea ice. Dogs and mushers also had to endure blizzards and avoid other animals, such as moose, bears, and reindeer herds.
The athleticism and dedication displayed by the dogs and mushers inspired one of the most famous and intimidating races in the world—the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Every year, hundreds of athletes (both human and canine) compete in a grueling test of physical and psychological endurance from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome.
Punxsutawney Phil (Source)
Punxsutawney Phil lives at his burrow, which is located in Barclay Square and is attached to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. There are viewing windows from the outside, so visitors are able to see Phil all year round!
You can even send him a letter:
301 East Mahoning Street
Punxsutawney PA 15767
WORD OF THE DAY
waif \ weyf \ , noun
1. a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends.
2. something found, especially a stray animal, whose owner is not known.
"Cindy, who was very disappointed that her brother would not allow her to play with him and his friend, hung her head, like a wandering waif, and headed inside"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
In the book of Acts, there are a couple of examples of people kneeling to pray:
"And when [Paul] had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all" (Acts 20:36 ESV).
"When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed" (Acts 21:5 ESV).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"