Fun Facts for Thursday, March 26, 2015
The 85 day of the year
280 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Consider Christianity Week
- Tsunami Awareness Week
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
- National Cleaning Week
- Root Canal Awareness Week
- National Youth Violence Prevention Week
- Meat Free Week
- International Sister Cities Day
- Legal Assistants Day
- Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
- Purple Day
- Spinach Day (See Quick Trivia below)
- National Nougat Day (Link)
ON THIS DATE...
1827: legendary composer Ludwig Von Beethoven died at the age of 56.
1872: An earthquake felt from Mexico to Oregon rocks the Owens Valley in California
1885: Eastman Kodak produced the first commercial moving picture film (Read more).
1945: the Battle of Iwo Jima ended.
1951: the Air Force flag, including a coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal, was approved.
1953: Doctor Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio.
1956: Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in "Studio One" on CBS.
1964: "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.
1969: the television movie "Marcus Welby" aired. Due to the movie's popularity, the program later became a long-running series.
1971: "Cannon" starring William Conrad debuted on CBS television.
1973: "The Young and The Restless" debuted on CBS.
1979: the Camp David peace treaty was signed at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. President Jimmy Carter signed the document as a witness.
1979: Michigan State University beat Indiana State University, 75-to-64: to win the NCAA basketball championship. The game marked the start of the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry.
1981: Comedienne Carol Burnett won a one-point-six-Million-dollar libel judgment against "The National Enquirer" for falsely reporting that Burnett was intoxicated during an encounter at a restaurant with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The award was later reduced and the two sides settled out of court.
1982: groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1998: President Clinton stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and democratic at last." Clinton, accompanied by his wife Hillary, became the first U.S. head of state to visit the former British colony.
1999: assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance for giving a lethal injection to an ailing man whose death was shown on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes." It was the first time in five trials that the suicide doctor was found guilty.
2006: IndyCar Series drive Paul Dana was killed in a crash during warmups at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. Dana was 31 years old.
2013: President Barack Obama appointed Julia Pierson to head the U.S. Secret Service. In so doing, Pierson became the first woman to head the agency.
Marcus Welby, M.D. (Source)
Marcus Welby, M.D. aired on ABC from September 23, 1969, to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner and James Brolin as the younger doctor he often worked with, and was produced by David Victor and David J. O'Connell. The pilot, A Matter of Humanities, had aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 26, 1969.
Spinach originated in ancient Persia, eventually making its way to Italy in 827 and finally gracing European tables in the 1300s. Its appearance in early spring made this a fast favorite when other vegetables were scarce during Lenten diets. For this reason, spinach has the great honor of being mentioned in the first known English cookbook (Link).
When Catherine de'Medici became the queen of France in 1522, she insisted that spinach be served at every meal because she loved it so. Today when you hear of spinach dishes referred to as "Florentine," that is because Catherine was born in Florence.
WORD OF THE DAY
Flattering, often exaggerated praise and publicity, especially when used for promotional purposes
"Missy was intrigued at the new bathroom cleaner being advertised on TV; however, she doubted it would work as well as the commercial claimed and recognized that the commercial was likely laiden with puffery"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Jesus was sitting down when He delivered the Sermon on the Mount
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying...(Matt 5:1-2)
WORD FROM THE WORD
We will serve the Lord! —Joshua 24:21
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"