Monday, November 24, 2014

Fun Facts for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

International Hat Day
Fun Facts for Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The 329 day of the year
36 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • GERD Awareness Week
  • National Bible Week
  • National Game & Puzzle Week
  • Better Conversation Week
  • Church/State Separation Week
  • National Family Week
  • National Deal Week



TODAY IS

  • International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
  • International Hat Day 
  • Evacuation Day 
  • Blase´Day 
  • Shopping Reminder Day
  • National Parfait Day



ON THIS DATE...
1785: John Hancock was elected president of the Continental Congress for the second time.
1792: "The Old Farmer's Almanac" was published for the first time. 
1863: The Civil War's Battle of Chattanooga began. Union forces drove the Confederates away and set the stage for Union General William Sherman's triumphant March to the Sea.
1884: Evaporated milk was patented by John Mayenberg of St. Louis.


1889: The first jukebox was played, in San Francisco at the Palais Royale Saloon.



1922: archaeologist Howard Carter entered the tomb of King Tut. 
1940: the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker debuted in "Knock, Knock." 
1940: the University of Michigan retired jersey number 98 worn by Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon. 
1947: future Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip. 


1949: tap dancing king Bill "Bojangles" Robinson died at the age of 71. 


1949: "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry entered the top 40 charts. 
1963: President John F. Kennedy was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.


1963:  "Dr. Who" premiered on British TV; it didn't air in the U.S. until September 1975.


1965: the Harrods stores in London opened after hours so The Beatles could do some Christmas shopping. 
1973: maximum speed limits were cut to 55-miles-per-hour. 
1980: Sugar Ray Leonard reclaimed the WBC welterweight title when Roberto Duran quit after eight rounds.  Duran claimed he had stomach cramps. 
1984: Bob Geldof and dozens of British pop music stars recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas."  The song was recorded to aid in Ethiopian hunger relief.  It became the biggest-selling record in Britain. 
1996: the Disneyland Main Street Electric Parade was held for the final time. 
1998: comedian Flip Wilson died at the age of 64.  


1999: five year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida by fishermen.  Elian was one of three survivors of a boat carrying 14 Cuban refugees that had sunk days earlier.  The boy's rescue triggered a international custody battle between his relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba.
2004: Dan Rather announced that he would step down as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News" in March 2005.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

"Evacuation Day"  (Taken from Link


On this day in 1783, the last British soldiers withdrew from (evacuated) the new nation of the United States. More than 20,000 British “Loyalists” had already been evacuated, and the last soldiers departed at about noon from New York Harbor for what are now the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Canada.
Evacuees changed the human geography of their adopted homelands. Thousands of evacuees were “Black Loyalists,” for instance—enslaved African Americans who fought for the British in exchange for their freedom. Black Loyalists were evacuated to both Canada and England, and many eventually became leaders of the African nation of Sierra Leone.  
 Other evacuees remained in Canada, where the majority of European Canadians spoke French. The thousands of English-speaking former Americans helped create the new Canadian province of New Brunswick.



QUICK TRIVIA

The Farmers Almanac first published on this day in 1792 (Taken from Link


Under the guiding hand of its first editor, Robert B. Thomas, the premiere issue of The Old Farmer's Almanac was published in 1792 during George Washington's first term as president. Although many other almanacs were being published at that time, Thomas's upstart almanac became an immediate success. In fact, by the second year, circulation had tripled from 3,000 to 9,000. Back then, the Almanac cost only six pence (about nine cents).


WORD FOR THE DAY


Comatose
[kom-uh-tohs]  adjective

lacking alertness or energy: 

"The combination of sweet potatoes, pecan pie, and tryptophan catapulted the morning show host to into a comatose-like state"


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Esau and Jacob were as different as day and night...and talk about a dysfunctional family! 

"The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob" (Genesis 25:27-28).


WORD FROM THE WORD


He did not waver . . . through unbelief . . . being fully convinced that what [God] had promised He was also able to perform. —Romans 4:20-21

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fun Facts for Monday, November 24, 2014

Fun Facts for Monday, November 24, 2014
The 328 day of the year
37 days left in the year



THIS WEEK IS 

  • GERD Awareness Week
  • National Bible Week
  • National Game & Puzzle Week
  • Better Conversation Week
  • Church/State Separation Week
  • National Family Week
  • National Deal Week



TODAY IS

  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • D.B. Cooper Day
  • National Sardines Day




ON THIS DATE...


1859: Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution in "On The Origin Of Species."  



1874: Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire.
1932: The FBI Crime Lab opens its doors for business


1947: the "Hollywood Ten," a group of writers, producers and directors, was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.  

1950: the musical "Guys and Dolls" opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. 


1954: the first presidential aircraft was christened Air Force One. 

1960: Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain snags 55 rebounds in a game against the Boston Celtics and sets an NBA record for the most rebounds in a single game.
1963: accused John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas.  


1969: Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon, successfully returned to Earth.


1971: a hijacker identified as Dan Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with 200-thousand dollars in ransom.  The man commonly referred to as D-B Cooper has not been heard from since.
1974: "Murder on the Orient Express" premiered in the U.S.. 


1991: Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died at the age of 45.  


1993: the Brady Bill was passed by Congress.  Named after James Brady who was shot during an attempted assassination on President Ronald Reagan, the measure established a five-day waiting period for handgun sales. 
1998: in an Internet acquisition deal estimated at ten-Billion-dollars, America Online announced it was buying Netscape Communications.  


2013: Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.  Rihanna was presented with the first AMA Icon Award.  Hosted by Pitbull, winners also included Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons and Florida Georgia Line. 





HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald (Taken from Link


On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby walked to the Dallas Police Headquarters, where Lee Harvey Oswald was being held for the murder of President John F. Kennedy, and went to the basement, apparently unimpeded. At 11:21 a.m. CST—while authorities were preparing Oswald for transport by armored car to the nearby county jail—Ruby stepped from a crowd of reporters and shot Oswald in the abdomen with his .38 revolver, fatally wounding him. The incident was broadcast live nationwide on television. Ruby was arrested immediately after the shooting, and he told several witnesses that Oswald's death would spare "Mrs. Kennedy the discomfiture of coming back to trial."

After appealing the death sentence handed down at his trial, Ruby died of a pulmonary embolism on January 3, 1967, at Parkland Hospital, where Oswald had died and where President Kennedy had been pronounced dead after his assassination.

Weeks before his death, Jack Ruby claimed sole responsibility for Oswald's death, denying a larger plot. Ruby had previously, however, implied that he was part of a greater conspiracy to kill President Kennedy and knew who was behind the plot, fueling conspiracy speculation right up to and beyond his final days. Although the official Warren Commission report of 1964 found no evidence that Oswald and Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, it continues to be disputed.




QUICK TRIVIA


Dan Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with 200-thousand dollars in ransom.  Taken from (Link)

On the afternoon of November 24, 1971 a man identifying himself as Dan Cooper purchased a one way ticket from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. He passed a note to the flight attendant which stated that he had a bomb and wanted $200,000 in twenty dollar bills and two parachutes upon landing in Seattle. The FBI provided the items. 
All of the occupants on the plane were released, except for the pilot, co-pilot, the flight engineer and one flight attendant. He then instructed the pilots to fly toward Mexico City at 200 miles per hour at an altitude of 10,000 feet. 
At 8:00 p.m., the rear staircase indicator light came on in the cockpit as the rear staircase of the craft was being lowered manually from inside the aircraft. At 8:13 p.m. with two parachutes and twenty-one pounds of ransom money in hand, Dan Cooper jumped and was never found.



WORD FOR THE DAY


bovarism  [boh-vuh-riz-uh m]  

noun

an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.

"After 10 minutes of comping his hair, Milton couldn't help but belive that his sister was suffering from bovarism"


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Jair the Gileadite had a thing for the number 30. 

"After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty cities" (Judges 10:3-4) 



WORD FROM THE WORD


In this [living hope] you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials. —1 Peter 1:6


Read today's "Our Daily Bread"    

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, November 21, 2014

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



TODAY IS

  • Alascattalo Day
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day  
  • World Hello Day 
  • World Television Day 
  • Gingerbread Day
  • National Stuffing Day



ON THIS DATE...
1783 - Fran├žois 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. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

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.



QUICK TRIVIA

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



Read today's "Our Daily Bread"