Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, August 2, 2019

The 214 day of the year–151 days left in the year


  • International Clown Week
  • International Mathematicians week 
  • Cleanse Your Skin Week
  • Simplify Your Life Week


  • 31st Friday of 2019
  • The 42 day of summer–52 days until fall
  • International Beer Day (Link)
  • National Coloring Book Day* (Link
  • National Water Balloon Day
  • Take a Penny/Leave a Penny Day* (Link)
  • Twins Day (Link)
  • Tomboy Tools Day
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Day* (Link)


338 BC: A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean (read more).

1610: Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.

1791: Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., became the first father-son pair to receive a joint patent — for their nail-making machine.

1824: Fifth Avenue was opened in New York City. It became one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world, the home of many beautiful, fashionable stores (read more).

1873: entrepreneurs in San Francisco, California, opened the first of the city’s iconic cable cars (Link)

1876: Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. (See History Spotlight). 

1887: Barbed wire was patented Chester A. Hodge of Beloit, WI.

1923: As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding (read more). 

1938: In a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, the first yellow baseball was tested. Johnny Mize was the only major leaguer ever to hit a yellow home run.

1939: Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.

1943: PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands (See History Spotlight). 

1945: Norma Jean Dougherty filled out an application for the Blue Book Modeling Agency. Later, she would change her name to Marilyn Monroe (read more).

1961: The Beatles began a 2-year engagement of some 300 shows at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

1963: Eric Clapton quit The Roosters to form Casey Jones and the Engineers.

1967: In their first pre-season game, the New Orleans Saints lost to the Rams 77 to 16.

1984: Charles Schulz’ award-winning comic strip was picked up by the Daily Times in Portsmouth, OH. With the addition of that paper, Peanuts, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Pigpen, Linus, Peppermint Pattie, Woodstock and the gang, became the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers (read more).

1987: Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey were married in Paris.

1987: Disney re-released “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 50 years after the film’s original release.

1997: “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer tied the knot for the third time, this time, to model Camille Donatacci at a private ceremony in Malibu, California.

1998: A woman called San Francisco Animal Control to complain that an iguana was “staring at” her cat. The “iguana” turned out to be a 3-foot crocodile named Ernest, who escaped while his owner was moving. Though he reported Ernest missing, the owner kept moving because it’s illegal to own a crocodile in San Francisco (Link).

2000: The Republican Party nominated George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to head its ticket for the November U.S. elections.

2001: A Muskegon, Michigan, man was charged with unlawful use of a harmful device after he blew up his home while sniffing propane gas and smoking marijuana. No one was seriously injured in the blast, which blew the home off its foundation and damaged two neighboring houses.

2004: Crude oil prices rose sharply after the terror alert in the United States was hiked over an al-Qaida threat, posting a then-record $43.92 a barrel before slipping back.


USS PT-109 (Taken from Link)

The USS PT-109 was an 80-foot ELCO type motor torpedo boat, was placed in service in July 1942 as a unit of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE. 

While patrolling in Blackett Strait, on the southern side of Kolombangara Island, during the early hours of 2 August 1943, PT-109 was rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri, cutting away the PT boat’s starboard side and leaving her completely disabled. 

As she gradually sank during the day her eleven survivors abandoned ship to swim to an island some miles away. These men, led by their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John F. Kennedy, had many adventures during the next week. With the aid of a Coastwatcher and local residents, PT-109’s men were finally returned to the Rendova PT base on 8 August.


Dead Man’s Hand

Wild Bill Hickok is remembered for his services in Kansas as sheriff of Hays City and marshal of Abilene and for the cards he was holding when he was shot dead on August 2, 1876– a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights — since known as the dead man’s hand (read more). 



pruh-fyoo-zhuhn   –noun 

1. abundance; abundant quantity.

2. a great quantity or amount (often fol. by of).

3. lavish spending; extravagance.

“Generally, a person does not see a rabbit, but rather, a profusion of rabbits”


Moses stayed up on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights. (Exod 24:15-18). 

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