Fun Facts for Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The 29th day of the year--336 days left to go
- National Corn Chip Day
- National Puzzle Day
- Seeing Eye Dog Day
- Thomas Paine Day
- Freethinkers Day
- W.C. Day, celebrating the 1880 birth of William Claude Dukenfield, better known as comedian W.C. Fields.
ON THIS DATE...
1802 - John Beckley became the first Librarian of the U.S. Congress. He was paid $2 a day. Not bad, considering in 1802 you could buy a house for $25.00 and a chicken.
1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published; it appeared in the "New York Evening Mirror."
1850 - Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery which included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
1861 - Kansas became the 34th state of the Union (or the 28th state if the secession of eight Southern states over the previous six weeks is taken into account).
1884: U.S. patent #292,504 was issued for the Locomotive Cow Squirter, a device to install on a locomotive boiler that could be used to squirt hot water on cattle that might block railroad tracks.
1886 - The first successful gasoline-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.
1900 - The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.
1926 - Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1929 - The Seeing Eye was incorporated -- in Nashville, TN. Its purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind. The Seeing Eye (founded in Nashville, TN) is now located in Morristown, NJ, has matched thousands of dogs with persons who are blind or visually impaired in the U.S. and Canada.
1936 - The first members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, New York.
1950 - Riots broke out in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the policy of Apartheid.
1963 - The first members of the Football Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.
1964: In probably history’s worst basketball game, Grand Avenue High School of DeQuincy, Louisiana, annihilated Audrey Memorial of Cameron 211 to 29.
1995 - The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
1989 - Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
1996 - Twenty-Third American Music Award: Garth Brooks wins
The capital of the 34th state is Topeka. It’s easy to figure out why Kansas is the Sunflower State; it’s filled wtih those huge yellow blossoms that are also the state flower.
The 10 deadliest spiders, ranked according to their "lethal potential" are: banana spider, Sydney funnel web spider, wolf spider, black widow spider, violin spider/recluse spider, sac spider, and four species of tarantula. However, few spiders are capable of killing humans. Their venom yield is low compared to that of the most dangerous snakes. The term 'tarantula' is confusingly used for various members of the Theraphosidae family and Lycos tarantula, the spider once believed to cause the disease tarantism.
“Ah, yes...” On this day in 1880, William Claude Dukenfield was born. He became one of the most celebrated comics and actors in the U.S., starting his career as a vaudeville juggler, then spending several decades on the musical stage before turning to films. W.C. Fields (he shortened his name for stage and screen) made his first short, Pool Sharks, in 1915. After silent movies, he performed in many comedy classics like, My Little Chickadee with Mae West (1940), The Bank Dick (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941). W.C.’s famous lines became subject matter for nightclub impersonators and comedians. One of the most-repeated quotes was originally directed at the child-actor, Baby LeRoy, Fields’ on-screen nemesis: “Go away, kid, you bother me.”
WORD OF THE DAY
Chilliness (based on the adjective--Chilly)
mildly cold or producing a sensation of cold; causing shivering; chill: a chilly breeze.
feeling cold; sensitive to cold: Her hands were chilly.
"Their first year in Kansas City, Wayne and Kimberly Jo visited the plaza and had a wonderful time, but were in a contant state of chilliness"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The first person that the Bible records as praying is Abraham (Gen 20:17)
WORD FROM THE WORD
Through [Jesus] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. —Romans 5:2 (Our Daily Bread)