Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The 141 day of the year–224 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

  • EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week (Link)
  • National New Friends, Old Friends Week
  • National Safe Boating Week (Link)
  • National Medical Transcription Week (Link
  • National Unicycle Week (Link
  • Brain Injury Awareness Week (Link
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (Link
  • National Tire Safety Week (Link
  • World Schizophrenia Awareness Week (Link

TODAY IS

  • 21st Tuesday of 2019
  • 63rd day of spring–32 days until summer
  • American Red Cross Founder’s Day* (See Quick Trivia)
  • End of the World or Rapture Party Day (according to Harold Camping Day)* (Link)
  • I Need A Patch For That Day*
  • National Wait Staff Day* (Link)
  • Sister Maria Hummel Day* (Link)
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development* (Link
  • National Strawberries and Cream Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1819: the first bicycles hit the streets of New York City. 

1881: the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. 

1917: The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people

1922: “On The Road To Moscow” became the first cartoon to win a Pulitzer Prize.

1924: fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago. 

1927: Charles Lindbergh arrived in Paris, France, in his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis.”  It marked the first time a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean. 

1932: Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1934: Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all its citizens.

1945: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married. 

1959: “Gypsy” opened at New York’s Broadway Theatre.  Ethel Merman played the lead role of burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee. 

1980:  “The Empire Strikes Back” opened in movie theaters across the U.S.. 

1985: Marvin Gaye’s last album was released.  Three songs on “Dream of a Lifetime” were completed after his death.

1991: former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber during national elections.  

1999: after 18 winless nominations, soap opera star Susan Lucci finally won her first Daytime Emmy Award as Best Soap Actress for her longtime role as  Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children.”

2000: the film “Dancer in the Dark” starring Icelandic pop singer Bjork won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

2000: British actor Sir John Gielgud died at the age of 96.  Gielgud is best remembered for his Oscar winning role as Dudley Moore’s sharp-tongued servant in the 1981 comedy “Arthur.”    

2002: former “Our Gang Comedy” cast member Joe Frank Cobb died on this date at the age of 84.  Cobb played Fat Joe in the “Our Gang” series.  

2004: “The Young and The Restless” was named Best Soap Opera at the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Ellen DeGeneres rose to the top of the talk show heap in her first season by claiming the Emmy for outstanding talk show. 

2008: 25-year-old Blue Springs, Missouri bartender David Cook was named the new “American Idol” on the season finale of the hit Fox reality singing competition.  Cook beat out runner up, 17-year-old David Archuleta by more than 12 million fan votes.  

2009: the fourth film in the “Terminator” franchise, “Terminator Salvation,” starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, opened in theaters on this date.  

2011: Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the end of the world would occur on this day, a prophecy that would prove incorrect.

2012: the final episode of “House” aired on Fox on this date.  The show, starring Hugh Laurie as pessimistic doctor Gregory House, ran for eight seasons and accumumated a number of awards throughout its run.

2013: singer Kellie Pickler was named the winner of the 16th season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” 

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Lindbergh lands in Paris (Source) (Video

American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris. His single-engine monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, had lifted off from Roosevelt Field in New York 33 1/2 hours before.

QUICK TRIVIA 

The American Red Cross (Source)

Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.

WORD OF THE DAY 

Mellifluous

\muh-LIF-loo-us\, adjective:

Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly

“Although she sang was with a mellifluous voice, it was her heart that made the song worshipful”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

Not only was King David a warrior–but he was also a musician and composer. David is attributed with writing 75 of the Psalms.

“So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him” (1 Samuel 16:17-23)

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