Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, August 30, 2019

The 242 day of the year–123 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • World Water Week (Link)
  • National Safe at Home Week
  • National Composites Week (Link)
  • Be Kind To Humankind Week
  • National Chuck Wagon Races


TODAY IS

  • 35th Friday of 2019
  • 70th day of summer–24 days until fall
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day* (Link)
  • International Whale Shark Day*
  • National College Colors Day (Friday before Labor Day)
  • National Holistic Pet Day* (Link)
  • National Grief Awareness Day*
  • Cow Chip Throwing Days (Fri/Sat Labor Day Weekend)


ON THIS DATE…


30 BC: Cleopatra the 7th (or maybe the 6th) of ancient Egypt committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her.

1146: European leaders outlawed the crossbow.

1682: William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America (Link). 

1780: General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army. 

1881: Clement Ader of Germany patented the first stereo system, for a telephonic broadcasting service.

1936: Donald Duck first appeared in a comic strip. He already was a movie star.

1956: the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest bridge over water, opened outside New Orleans, Louisiana (Link).

1964: Mickey Mantle struck out for the 1,331st time, breaking Babe Ruth’s major-league career strike-out record.

1967: The U.S. Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the Supreme Court (Link).

1974: The last episode of The Brady Bunch aired. (It first aired on TV Sept. 26, 1969)

1990: Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same major-league baseball team. Both singled in the first inning for the Seattle Mariners.

1991: A London collector paid $7,700 for a 1958 love letter from Elvis Presley to Anita Brewer of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Elvis wrote that he never would love anyone else. In 1964 Anita married a Mississippi football star.

1993: The first musical guest on CBS’s “The Late Show With David Letterman” was Billy Joel.

1997: Americans learned of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. Because of the time difference, it was August 31st where the crash actually occurred.

1997:  The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty, 65-51, to become the fledgling Women`s National Basketball Association`s first champions.

1999: Oklahoma State University became one of the first schools to license and introduce Super Fan-nies, disposable diapers adorned with the football team’s logo.

2001: Two killers who planned to marry in England’s Broadmoor Prison called off the wedding after finding out just how evil each other was. Lifers Sharon Carr and Robbie Layne, who had already bought gold rings, were stunned when they read a newspaper report describing their killings. A nurse said they stormed out of the room and wouldn’t even talk to each other.

2002: South African hijackers accosted a 41-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 14 and nine, in their driveway and drove them at knifepoint from Befordview to north Johannesburg, where another man was unhappy with the color of the hijacked white Volvo. After stealing the victim’s mobile phone and jewelry, the hijackers returned her car keys and gave her specific directions when she said she didn’t know how to get home. No one was injured, but the mother suffered from shock.

2005:  On the day after Hurricane Katrina struck, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. A massive rescue effort plucked hundreds from rooftops. Many others waited for days to be rescued. Meanwhile, Katrina flattened much of Gulfport and Biloxi, Missisippi, flooded Mobile, Alabama., and heavily damaged smaller towns in between (Link).

2008: Calling Hurricane Gustav, quote, “the mother of all storms,” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin  ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Crescent City.  The order came just three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other cities along the Gulf Coast. 

2012: on the final day of the Republican National Convention, Hollywood star Clint Eastwood addressed delegates using a wooden chair to represent an invisible President Obama in a controversial delivery. 




QUICK TRIVIA


Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day (Taken from Link

  • Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows each year, about the same weight as 1,286 gray whales
  • The marshmallow capital of the world is in Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana
  • Each summer more than 50% of all marshmallows sold are toasted over a fire
  • Americans spend nearly $125 million dollars on marshmallows each year
  • The largest s’more ever made weighed 1,600 lbs and used 20,000 toasted marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. The record was set on May 23, 2003


WORD FOR THE DAY

Sycophant

[sik-uh-fuhnt-fant]  Noun


A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people


“The over confident college freshman thought he was being sly in attempting to schmooze his professor. The seasoned professor, however, recognized him as just another sycophant”



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

For some reason, Jesus asked the invalid at the pool of Bethesda if he wanted to get well (The Bible never says that he asked anyone else). 


A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” (John 5:5-6)

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