Friday, September 13, 2013

Fun Facts for Friday, September 13, 2013

Fun Facts for Friday, September 13, 2013
The 256 day of the year
109 days left in the year


  • International Housekeepers Week
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
  • National Assisted Living Week
  • National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Week
  • Suicide Prevention Week
  • Line Dance Week


  • Friday the 13th (see quick trivia) 
  • Blame Someone Else Day
  • International Chocolate Day
  • Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
  • National Celiac Awareness Day
  • Roald Dahl Day
  • Stand Up To Cancer Day
  • Yom Kippur
  • National Peanut Day
  • Snack A Pickle Time

1789: The United States Government took out its first loan. The money was borrowed from the Bank of North America at 6% interest. The national debt has grown a little over the years. Americans now owe about $65,000 each, as their share of the debt.
1899: Henry M. Bliss became the first known automobile fatality. As Mr. Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street, he was hit by a car driven by Arthur Smith. Bliss was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. Smith was arrested, but was not held.
1934: the World Series broadcast rights were sold to the Ford Motor Company for 100-thousand dollars.  Before that, there was no charge for the rights. 
1939: Igor Sikorsky invented the first practical helicopter. 
1948: the School of Performing Arts opened in New York City.  It was the first public school to specialize in the performing arts. 
1948: Massachusetts Republican Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.  
1949: the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America (LPGA) formed with Patty Berg as its first president. 
1950: the "Dick Tracy" TV crime drama first aired on ABC. 
1953: Marilyn Monroe made her first appearance on television on "The Jack Benny Show." 
1960: the Federal Communications Act was amended to ban the payment of cash or gifts in exchange for radio airplay.  The move was aimed at ending the famous "Payola" scandals. 
1963: Mary Kay cosmetics was founded by nine people sitting around Mary Kay Ash's kitchen table. 
1965: The Beatles won their first Grammy Award for Best Group of 1964. 
1965: the "Today Show" was completely broadcast in color for the first time. 
1965: San Francisco's Willie Mays hit his 500th home run. 
1971: the World Hockey Association was formed. 
1974: "The Rockford Files" debuted on NBC.  The show starred James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford. 
1983: the U.S. mint struck the first gold coin in 50 years -- the Olympic Eagle. 
1986: Miss Tennessee Kellye Cash was crowned Miss America.  It was the first year the contestant's measurements were not publicized. 
1992: the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers set an NFL record when neither team punted the ball throughout the entire game.  The Q-B's Jim Kelly and Steve Young each threw for more than 400 yards.  The Bills won 34-31. 
1997: funeral services were held in Calcutta, India for Nobel Peace laureate Mother Teresa. 
2009: controversy erupted at the 2009 MTV VMA Awards when rapper Kanye West interrupted an acceptance speech by country-pop star Taylor Swift to declare a video by pop superstar Beyonce more deserving of the honor.  Beyonce later yielded her time in the spotlight to Taylor after winning Video of the Year for her "Single Ladies" clip, allowing the teen singer to return to the stage and continue her acceptance speech.  


Friday the 13th (Link)

There is a technical name for those who fear Friday the 13th. It's called, "paraskevidekatriaphobics". 

As many as 21 million people in the United States are fearful of Friday the 13th, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, N.C., which estimates that $800 million to $900 million is lost in business every Friday the 13th. 

No one really knows why we consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky. Some of the stigma surrounding Friday the 13th stems from October the 13th, 1307.  On that Friday, the Pope of the Catholic church in Rome and the King of France carried out a secret death warrant against the wealthy and powerful Order of the Knights Templar.  

One thought is that the number 12 has been considered to be "whole" or "good". For example, the 12 Tribes of Israel, 12 stones, 12 pillars, the Twelve Apostles, 12 stars, 12 gates, etc. 

Of course, there were 13 guests at The Last Supper. The 13th being Judas. Friday was also execution day in ancient Rome.  As you know, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. 

The number 13 has been associated with evil and "unlucky" events.  The ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission is a study in unlucky 13.  It was launched at 13-hundred hours, 13 minutes from pad 39, the third multiple of 13.  It was aborted on April 13th, 1970.

But there are also plenty of good things associated with 13.  The United States started out with 13 colonies.  A baker's dozen offers a bonus, 13th item.  In Judaism, age 13 is the time for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino did well with the number 13 on his jersey. 

Today's Friday the 13th is the first of only two in 2013, with the next one coming in December.


munificent [myoo-nif-uh-suhnt]
1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous. 
2. characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest. 

"The munificent philanthropist generously donated to schools in Africa."


Before his conversion, the apostle Paul was a Pharisee
"circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ."  (Phil 3:5-7)


[Jehoshaphat] sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments. —2 Chronicles 17:4

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