Fun Facts for Friday, November 21, 2014
The 325 day of the year
40 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
- International Fraud Awareness Week
- American Education Week
- National Book Awards Week
- National Global Entrepreneurship Week
- Alascattalo Day
- Beaujolais Nouveau Day
- World Hello Day
- World Television Day
- Gingerbread Day
- National Stuffing Day
ON THIS DATE...
1783 - François de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandres made the first human flight in a hot-air balloon, in Paris, in a balloon built by the Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier.
1871 - The cigar lighter was patented by Moses F. Gale of New York City.
1877: Thomas Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1922: Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.
1925: Harold "Red" Grange played his final game for the University of Illinois.
1944: "The Roy Rogers Show" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System.
1945: the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Diary of Anne Frank," opened on Broadway.
1964: the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened. Upon its completion, the bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge and linked the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
1970: The Partridge Family topped the pop singles chart with "I Think I Love You." (Song)
1976: The movie "Rocky" starring Sylvester Stallone premiered on this date. (Trailer)
1980: 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1980: 83-million viewers tuned in to "Dallas" to find out "Who Shot J-R?."
1981: Olivia Newton-John topped the pop singles chart with "Let's Get Physical."
1983: Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video premiered in Los Angeles. It cost more than one-million dollars to produce.
1987: actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore married in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1995: The Beatles’ Anthology I sold 450,000 copies in its first day of release. Acording to Capitol Records, it was the most single-day sales ever for an album.
2006: the Black Eyed Peas was the big winner at the 34th Annual American Music Awards. The group accepted three awards. Other winners included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson who all received two awards. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
2010: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was the big winner at the American Music Awards, winning four awards.
Who Shot JR? (Taken from Link)
In the final scene of the 1979-80 season, the character J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot twice by an unseen assailant. The episode, titled "A House Divided," was broadcast on March 21, 1980.
Production for the 1980-81 season began in June 1980, but Hagman—who had begun the show in a secondary role but now was the star—refused to film the show without a raise. He returned to work ten days later with a new contract that paid him $100,000 per episode and royalties from J.R. Ewing merchandise. Viewers had to wait an additional two months to find out the answer to the famous question, however, as a strike by the Screen Actors' Guild began in July that delayed the production of most new network shows by eight weeks. During the delay, CBS showed early Dallas episodes with Ewing, helping the show's many new fans better understand his character.
Ultimately, the person who pulled the trigger was revealed to be Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby) in the "Who Done It?" episode which aired on November 21, 1980. Kristin was J.R.'s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger. J.R. did not press charges, as Kristin claimed she was pregnant with his child as a result of their affair.
"Who Done It?" was, at the time, the highest-rated television episode in U.S. history. It had a Nielsen rating of 53.3 and a 76% share, and it was estimated that 83 million people watched the episode, more than the number of voters in that year's presidential election.
Gingerbread (Taken from Link)
Gingerbread is said to have been invented by the Greeks around 2800 B.C. At one time gingerbread was made with breadcrumbs and sweetened with honey, but as it made its way throughout the world it was adapted to meet the tastes of different cultures. That is why if you sample gingerbread in a country other than your own it may not look or taste as you expected. It can be a bread, a spicy sweet cake or a molded/shaped cookie that can range from light colored with just a touch of spice to dark colored and very spicy.
The largest gingerbread house in the U.S. was fittingly constructed inside the largest mall in the U.S. when a 67-foot-tall gingerbread abode was built inside Minnesota's Mall of America in 2006. The house, which took nine days to construct, could have fit the country's largest gingerbread man, also made in 2006, who stood over 20 feet high and weighed over 1,308 pounds)
The largest gingerbread house in the U.S. was fittingly constructed inside the largest mall in the U.S. when a 67-foot-tall gingerbread abode was built inside Minnesota's Mall of America in 2006. The house, which took nine days to construct, could have fit the country's largest gingerbread man, also made in 2006, who stood over 20 feet high and weighed over 1,308 pounds
WORD FOR THE DAY
aplomb \uh-PLOM\, noun:
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.
"Mary was unexpectedly asked to fill in for the lead singer of the praise band; she sang several songs, handling herself with the aplomb of a professional."
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The church at Thessalonica thought that they had missed the Day of the Lord. Paul wrote for clarification and also gave them a mild rebuke. They were asking him something that he had already answered.
"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessnes is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?" (2 Thes 2:1-5).
WORD FROM THE WORD
The cares of this world . . . choke the word. —Matthew 13:22
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