Fun Facts for Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The 268 day of the year
97 days left in the year
THIS WEEK IS
- Banned Books Week
- Deaf Awareness Week
- National Dog Week
- National Keep Kids Creative Week
- Remember to Register to Vote Week
- Sea Otter Awareness Week
- Tolkien Week
- International Women's E-Commerce Days
- See You At The Pole
- Crab Meat Newburg Day
- (World) Ataxia Awareness Day
- Math Story Telling Day
- National One-Hit Wonder Day
- Hoshanah Rabbah
- Shemini Atzeret
- National Women's Health & Fitness Day
ON THIS DATE...
1493: Christopher Columbus embarked on his second voyage to the New World.
1513: Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
1676: Greenwich Mean Time began when two very accurate clocks are set in motion at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England. Greenwich Mean Time, now known as Universal Time, became the standard for the world in 1884.
1690: "Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic" became the first newspaper to be published in America. Authorities considered the paper offensive and ordered publisher Benjamin Harris to stop publishing.
1775: American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British when he tried to invade Canada.
1789: the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the 12 were approved and became the Bill of Rights.
1867: Howard University became the first all-black college created by an act of Congress.
1890: U.S. Congress established Yosemite National Park.
1926: Henry Ford announced the eight-hour, five-day work week.
1953: Liberace made his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1954: Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance at the "Grand Old Opry." The future King of Rock and Roll sang "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The performance was not well received and the booking agent suggested Elvis go back to driving a truck.
1962: John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
1965: 34-year-old Willie Mays became the oldest player to hit 50 home runs in a season.
1974: Scientists warned that continued use of aerosol sprays would cause ozone depletion, leading to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes and warming.
1976: Boston's debut album hit the charts. It soon became the fastest-selling debut album in history.
1979: the musical, "Evita," opened on Broadway.
1981: Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
1987: The booty of the pirate ship Wydah, sunk in 1717, was auctioned off for $400 million.
1988: Florence Griffith Joiner set an Olympic record in the women's 100-meter dash.
1993: a Florida judge ruled it was legal for 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley to divorce his parents.
2001 - Michael Jordan returned to basketball with the NBA's Washington Wizards.
2006: in a triumphant victory for the residents of hurricane-battered New Orleans, the New Orleans Saints team won the first football game played at the New Orleans Superdome since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the facility a year earlier. The Saints were out of the gate early, scoring a touchdown less than two minutes after the game started. Emotions ran high in the crowd as the Saints went on to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 23-3.
Henry Ford announced the 5 day-a-week, 8 hour day on this date in 1926 (Taken from Link)
Ford noted, "Just as the eight-hour day opened our way to prosperity in America, so the five-day workweek will open our way to still greater prosperity ... It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either lost time or a class privilege." The five-day week, he figured, would encourage industrial workers to vacation and shop on Saturday. Before long, manufacturers all over the world followed his lead.
WORD FOR THE DAY
hapless (HAP-lis) adjective
"The hapless golfer just couldn't stay out of the water"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
At God's command, Aaron touched the ground and the dust became gnats
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,' and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats." They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.
WORD FROM THE WORD
The Word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. —Luke 3:2
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