Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, August 9, 2019

The 221 day of the year–144 days left in the year


  • Assistance Dog Week (Link)
  • Exercise With Your Child Week
  • National Button Week (Link)
  • National Farmers’ Market Week
  • National Fraud Awareness Week (Link)
  • Single Working Women’s Week (Link)
  • Stop on Red Week (Link)


  • 32nd Friday of 2019
  • 49th day of summer–45 days until fall 
  • National Rice Pudding Day* (Link)
  • Book Lover’s Day*
  • Kool-Aid Day (Link)
  • International Day of The World’s Indigenous People* (Link)
  • Veep Day* (Link)
  • Worldwide Art Day
  • Perseid Meteor Showers (through 8/13 Link)


1788: American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson, who during his missions work in Burma translated the Bible into Burmese and wrote the first Burmese-English dictionary, is born in Malden, Massachusetts

1790: The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage, becoming the first ship to carry the American flag around the world (read more).

1814: Major General Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory,” signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson ending the Creek War (read more). 

1859: Nathan Ames of Saugus, MA patented the escalator.

1930: Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes (See History Spotlight).

1936: Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in one Olympics. Owens ran one leg of the winning 400-meter relay team in Berlin. His three other gold medals were won in the 100-meter, 200-meter and the long jump events (Read more).

1944: The U.S. Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created the character Smokey the Bear to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires.

1945:  ‘Fat Man’, a plutonium bomb carried by the U.S.A. B-29 bomber, Bockscar, was scheduled to be dropped on the Japanese city of Kokura. It was three days after the U.S. had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The weather made visibility poor, so the aircraft passed Kokura and chose its secondary target, Nagasaki. Fat Man destroyed over half of Nagasaki and killed more than 70,000 people. This was the end of World War II. Japan surrendered unconditionally the following day (Link).

1967: At the Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival in England, Jerry Lee Lewis revved the crowd into such a frenzy, festival officials stopped the show, and asked him to leave the stage.

1969:  Cult leader Charles Manson and his disciples committed one of Los Angeles’ most heinous crimes. They entered the home of movie director Roman Polanski and brutally murdered Polanski’s wife (actress Sharon Tate), movie director Voityck Frykowski, famous hair stylist Jay Sebring, student Steven Parent and coffee heiress Abigail Folger (read more).

1974: Gerald Ford became the first non-elected President of the U.S. after Richard Nixon resigned.

1988: The Edmonton Oilers traded hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two players and $15-million.

1991: During a barnyard scene in Indiana, director Penny Marshall temporarily halted filming the movie A League of Their Own when a cow went into labor.

1995: While undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53 (read more).

1998: Doctors in Zahedan, Iran, removed 109 packets of heroin from the stomach of a 23-year-old Tanzanian man who tried to smuggle the 3.3 pounds of illegal drugs from Pakistan to Europe. He got a really bad stomach ache in Iran.

1999: 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house.

2001: After 37 years, fictional PFC Gomer Pyle was finally promoted to lance corporal, a promotion that eluded him during five years in the Marine Corps on the popular television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” in the 1960s. Actor Jim Nabors at age 71 was pinned in Honolulu with the lance corporal insignia by General James Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps. Jones said, “Sergeant Carter would be amazed!” (Link)

2002: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark.

2005: A New York radio station agreed to pay $240,000 to state authorities after the station sponsored “smackfest” contests in which young women took turns slapping each other for a chance to win concert tickets and cash. The station also agreed to donate $60,000 to a nonprofit group that promoted awareness of domestic violence.

2012: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made Olympic history after winning the Gold Medal in the men’s 200 meter final for the second straight Olympics.  Combined with back-to-back wins in the 100-meters, he also became the first man to win both the 100 and 200-meter sprints in consecutive Summer Games.  Bolt’s countrymen Yohan Blake and Warren Weir won silver and bronze respectively.  American Wallace Spearmon finished fourth (Bio).


Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes; the sixth installment in Fleischer’s Talkartoon series. (Taken from Link

Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. She originally appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series. She has also been featured in comic strips and mass merchandising. Despite having been toned down in the mid-1930s to appear more demure, she became one of the best-known and popular cartoon characters in the world.

 Although Clara Bow is often given as being the model for Boop, she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. The character was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle.


5 Truths about Rice

  1. Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on rice and only rice.
  2. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.
  3. More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily.
  4. Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  5. To plow  hectare of land in the traditional way, a farmer and his water buffalo must walk 80 km.  (Source)



[stim-yuh-luh-s] –noun, 

something that incites to action or exertion or quickens action, feeling, thought, etc. 

“To get the body moving in the morning, coffee with chocolate creamer is a wonderful stimulus”


The apostle Paul had to confront Peter

When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs (Gal 2:11-14)

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