Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Thursday, September 3, 2015

National Welsh Rarebit Day
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The 246 day of the year
119 days left to go 

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Penny Press Day
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • U.S. Bowling League Day


1189: Richard I (Richard the Lion-Hearted) was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

1609: Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.
1777: The flag Stars and Stripes was flown in battle for the first time at Cooch's Bridge, Maryland during the Revolutionary War.
1783: the Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by Great Britain and the United States. 

1838: Frederick Douglass escaped slavery. He became an abolitionist, orator, writer, and diplomat.

1895: The first professional football game was played -- in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. Since 1967, St. Vincent College in Latrobe has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.
1928: Detroit Tigers baseball legend Ty Cobb collected hit number four-thousand-191.  It turned out to be the final hit of his Hall-of-Fame career. 

1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour.  He reached a speed of more than 304 miles an hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. 

1939: Britain and France declared war on Germany.  The declaration came just two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. 
1942: Frank Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to begin his solo singing career. 
1951: the daytime serial "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS Television.  
1954: "The Lone Ranger" aired for the final time on ABC Radio.  The program had been on the air for 21 years. 

1967: "What's My Line" aired for the final time on CBS Television.  The show had been on the air for 17 years. 

1967: Sweden switched from driving on the left- to the right-hand side of the road.
1970: legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57.  The Pro Football Hall-of-Famer led the Packers to five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles. 
1970: the largest hailstone landed in Kansas.  The object measured 17-and-a-half inches in diameter. 

1971: The Lawrence Welk Show was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. ABC felt the show attracted “too old an audience ... not good for attracting advertisers.” Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, Calcutta, in 1960 (Calcutta).

1973: the comic strip "Heathcliff" made its debut. 

1992: Prince became the highest paid rock star when he signed a 100-million-dollar deal with Warner Brothers Records at ten-million-dollars an album, surpassing Michael Jackson and Madonna. 
1999: a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist.  The judge concluded  the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.  

2006: playing with an injured back in his last pro tournament, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi was eliminated from the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.  Agassi lost to Germany's Benjamin Becker in the third round of the tournament.  He held back tears as the crowd gave him a long standing ovation. 

2008: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin formally accepted the nomination for Republican vice presidential candidate on the third night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In doing so, Palin became the Republican Party's first female vice presidential nominee.  
2009: a private funeral for Michael Jackson was held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.  Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Berry Gordy were among the mourners who joined the Jackson family in saying a final farewell to the King of Pop.  Jackson was interred at the elaborate Renaissance-style Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum.  The funeral came more than two months after Jackson's sudden death on June 25th, 2009. 


The flag is first displayed  (Taken from Link

The necessity of a national flag was felt, especially for the marine service, and the Continental Congress adopted the following resolution, June 14, 1777: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white, on a blue field, representing a new constellation." There was a delay in displaying this flag. The resolution was not officially promulgated over the signature of the secretary of the Congress until September 3, though it was previously printed in the newspapers. This was more than a year after the colonies had been declared free and independent. 


The Lone Ranger (Taken from Link

The Lone Ranger is an American radio and television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by Fran Striker.
The title character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Indian sidekick, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" as the horse galloped toward the setting sun.
The first episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show's last new episode on September 3, 1954). 


pari passu  
[pah-ree pahs-soo; English pair-ahy pas-oo, pair-ee]  

with equal pace or progress; side by side.
without partiality; equably; fairly

"Joey was not a runner like his father, so dad make sure that their pace was pari passu" 


The Bible records the names of several lawyers. 

"Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor"  (Acts 24:1).

"Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need" (Titus 3:13).


If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

V-J Day 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The 245 day of the year
120 days left in the year

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • V-J Day
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • “Grits for Breakfast” Day


490 B.C: According to legend, Phidippides of Athens ran the legendary first marathon in running from Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 25 miles, to announce the defeat of the Persian army after the Battle of Marathon. In his honor, the 26-mile marathon became part of the Olympic Games in 1896 (read more).

1666: the Great Fire of London began.  The three-day blaze destroyed more than 13-thousand houses and killed six people. 
1789: the United States Treasury Department was organized by an act of Congress. 
1897: the first issue of "McCall's" magazine was published. 

1833: "New York Sun," the first "penny paper," was published.

1901: U.S. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. 
1912: The first Calgary Stampede began in Alberta, but it was called "The Last and Best Great West Frontier Days Celebration."
1922: inside Ford Motor Company factories warnings were posted, alerting employees that they will lose their jobs if their breath smells like beer, liquor or wine.  They were also warned that they could be fired if they were found in possession of booze on their persons or in their homes. 

1923: The movie classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," was released throughout the U.S.
1931: the radio show "15 Minutes with Bing Crosby" debuted on CBS Radio.  The show turned Crosby into a hot commodity in entertainment. 

1940: the Great Smoky Mountains National park was dedicated in North Carolina. They cover 522-thousand, 419 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. Portions of the 1950s TV series "Davy Crockett" were shot there.

1944: United States Navy Pilot and future President George Bush was shot down by the Japanese following a bombing run on the Bonin Islands. His two crew members on the run were killed. Bush was rescued by a United States submarine. 
1944: Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz. 
1945: President Harry S. Truman proclaimed September second, Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).  That's because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Japan's Tokyo Bay.  The war lasted six years and one day. 
1952: actress Marilyn Monroe was the Grand Marshall of the Miss America Pageant. 

1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the building with state troopers (read more). 

1963: "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" was expanded from 15 to 30 minutes making it network television's first half-hour nightly newscast.  He interviewed President John Kennedy.
1965: The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single "Help!" 
1966: "The Addams Family" and the cartoon, "The Flintstones," aired for the final time on ABC Television. 

1969: NBC aired the final episode of the original "Star Trek" series. 

1971: Chris Evert won her first U.S. Open singles tennis match.  She went on to record a 101 Open victories in her career. 
1976: Dana Dover, Gary Mandau, and Chris Lyons of Portland, Oregon, set a world record by completing a merry-go-round ride of 312 hours 43 minutes. (13 days).

1977: NBC Television aired the final episode of the sitcom "Sanford and Son"  (Show open)

1978: the final episode of "The Bionic Woman" aired on NBC. 
1986: Catherine Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years for the death of comedian John Belushi. 
1988: "Eight Men Out" opened in theatres across the U.S..  The film chronicled the attempt to throw the 1919 World Series. 
1995: country singer Reba McEntire made history when her song "On My Own" became the first single shipped through cyberspace to country music radio stations. 
2002: A Chinese couple who walked around Hangzhou handcuffed together to show their love were arrested when mistaken for escaped convicts. The couple was released after promising never to misuse police gear again. 

2004: President Bush delivered his Republican nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New York City. 

2005: legendary blues singer Fats Domino resurfaced after he was reported missing in the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  The singer and his family members were taken to a medical center in Baton Rouge and then taken in by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback at Louisiana State University who helped Domino and his clan by running multiple errands for groceries and prescriptions. 
2005: during the star-studded NBC-hosted Concert for Hurricane Relief, rapper Kanye West sparked controversy for his criticism of President Bush and the media portrayal of black and white victims of Hurricane Katrina.


ATM (Taken from Link

The first ATM was called a Docuteller. It was installed in a wall of the Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York. It marked the first time reusable, magnetically coded cards were used to withdraw cash. A bank advertisement announcing the event touted, “On Sept. 2, our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again!”


On this day in 1789, President Washington approved of Congress' proposal to create the Department of the Treasury. The Treasury Department is the second oldest department in the federal government. (Taken from Link). 


dearth \DURTH\, adjective:
An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.

"I discovered a dearth of milk in the Geiger household this morning as I prepared breakfast."


Some cities mentioned in the Bible had names formulated by only two letters: for example Ur, On, Ar, Ai, and Uz. 

"Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there" (Gen 11:31). 

"Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt" (Gen 41:45). 

"Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession” (Deut 2:9).

"Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai" (Josh 7:2). 

"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job" (Job 1:1).


Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

National Gyros Day 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The 244 day of the year
121 days left to go 

  • National Payroll Week
  • International Enthusiasm Week
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Self-University Week

  • Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Chicken Boy's Day
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji
  • National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
  • Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day
  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • National Gyros Day

1676: Nathaniel Bacon led an uprising at Jamestown, Virginia, in which the settlement was burned down.

1752: the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia. 

1773: Phillis Wheatley's "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," was published, making her the first African-American poet to be published.
1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted on charges of plotting to annex territory in Louisiana and Missouri to establish an independent republic (read more).
1821: William Becknell took a group of traders from Independence, Missouri, toward Santa Fe, blazing the Santa Fe Trail.

1859: the first Pullman sleeping car was put into service. 

1862: the first federal tax was imposed on tobacco. 

1878: Emma Nutt of Boston became the first female telephone operator (Read more).

1882: The first Labor Day was observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union.
1890: the first tripleheader in baseball was played. The Brooklyn Bridegrooms swept the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. 
1894: Labor Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress

1901: the cornerstone for the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street was laid. 

1904: Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College.
1916: the federal child labor law was enacted. 
1922: "The Radio Digest" debuted on WBAY Radio in New York City. It was the first daily news program aired on radio. 
1923: some 150-thousand people died when an earthquake rocked Kanto, Japan. It was the worst earthquake in Japan's history. 
1939: World War Two began when Nazi troops and planes invaded Poland. 
1946: Patty Berg won the first U.S. Women's Golf Open. 

1949: "Martin Kane, Private Eye" debuted on NBC Television. It was the first television detective series. 

1959: actress Elizabeth Taylor agreed to make the film "Cleopatra" for one-million dollars. 
1971: Pittsburgh Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh turned in a lineup card to umpires which contained the names of nine black baseball players. It marked the first time an entire starting baseball team was made up of African-Americans. 

1972: Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. 

1977: singer Debbie Harry and her band Blondie signed a recording contract with Chrysalis Records. The band went on to record several hit songs. 
1984: Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State set a division 1-A-A record. He passed for 536 yards and nine touchdowns in 86-to-0 win over Kentucky State. Jerry Rice caught 17 passes for 294 yards. He scored five touchdowns, breaking his own Division 1-A-A record for total yardage in pass receptions. 
1985: French and American scientists discovered the wreckage of the Titanic. The ship sank 1912. 

1987: Michael Jackson's album, "Bad," was released with more than two-million in advance sales. 

1987: Michael Chang, at age 15: became the youngest man to win a U.S. Tennis Open match. 
1993: Louis Freeh was sworn in as director of the FBI. 
1995: the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame was dedicated in Cleveland, Ohio. 
1997: the minimum wage in the United States increased to five-dollars and 15-cents an hour. 
1998: St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire hit his 56th and 57th homeruns, breaking a one-season record set by Hack Wilson 1930. 

2004: after a three-year absence from football, 37-year-old Deion Sanders announced his return to the NFL, signing a one-year contract with incentives with the Baltimore Ravens. 

2005: calls for rescue and aid continued as cities devastated by Hurricane Katrina waded through flooded streets and chaos. In the city of New Orleans, bodies rotted in the streets and lawlessness prevailed with armed looters and sporadic gunfire. 
2006: soul legend Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers fame was sentenced to three years in federal prison for tax evasion. 


The RMS Titanic discovered (Taken from Link

On this day in 1985, a joint U.S.-French expedition located the remains of the RMS Titanic about 400 miles east of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic. Crews used an experimental, unmanned submersible which was developed by the U.S. Navy. 


Calendar Adjustment Day (Taken from Link

Following the British Calendar Act of 1751, Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. However, the current Julian calendar system required them to drop eleven days in order to sync themselves with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. So, on the evening of 2nd September 1752, the population of Britain and its American colonies went to sleep and awoke the next morning to 14th September 1752.

The changeover is also responsible for New Year’s Day being celebrated on 1st January, as before then it had been celebrated on 26th March.


epitome  [ih-pit-uh-mee]  

1. a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class.

"As Emily danced across the room, her mom could not help but notice she was the epitome of grace."


In 1 Timothy 6:7, when Paul said, "For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either", he may have been loosely quoting Job.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there"  (Job 1:20).


If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26

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