Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fun Facts for Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fun Facts for Thursday, January 24, 2013
The 24 day of the year--341 days left to go 


TODAY IS

  • Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • National Compliment Day 
  • National Eskimo Pie Day
  • Belly Laugh Day
  • National Peanut Butter Day (See peanut butter facts below) 


ON THIS DATE...
41 – Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor
1438 – The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV.
1742 – Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1835 – Slaves in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, stage a revolt, which is instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.
1848 – James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.
1857 – The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia.
1899 - Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel. 
1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
1916 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.
1922 - Christian K. Nelson of Iowa patented the Eskimo Pie.
1935 - Beer in cans was first sold, in Virginia, by the Kreuger Brewing Company.
1964 - The first "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue was published.
1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
1985 - Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon force of 940 officers and staff.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election. 
2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.


QUICK TRIVIA 

It’s National Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households and the average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each year. Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men go for the chunky variety. A doctor in St. Louis created peanut butter in 1890 as a remedy for bad teeth. It became very popular with the doctor's patients, but the oil often separated from the grainy solids. In 1933, a California packer was able to homogenize the peanuts into a spreadable butter.Did you know that it takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? Peanuts are cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein. In fact, it’s the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.To celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, bake some peanut butter cookies, spread some tasty peanut butter on toast, or enjoy a spoonful right out of the jar!

James Marshall, a young carpenter, spied a golden pebble in the millrace of his new saw mill. He knew what it was, even though it was about half the size of a pea. Then he saw another.... Within 10 years of the Gold Rush's beginnings, almost a million miners gouged and scraped the California landscape for over $500 million in gold.


WORD OF THE DAY
Fawn
[fawn] Verb
To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior

"In order to get a doggy treat, Pixie, our adorable dog, does not need to fawn"


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 
John the Baptist told some Roman soldiers to be content with their wages (Luke 3:14)


WORD FROM THE WORD

He who says he abides in [Jesus] ought himself also to walk just as He walked. —1 John 2:6  
(Read or listen to a devotion from Our Daily Bread)

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