Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, May 24, 2019

The 144 day of the year–221 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

  • 21 Friday of 2019
  • 66th day of spring–29 days until summer
  • International Tiara Day* (Link)
  • Don’t Fry Day (Link)
  • Brother’s Day (Link)
  • Morse Code Day* (See History Today)
  • National Escargot Day (See Quick Trivia)
  • National Scavenger Hunt Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1607: 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America (Read more)


1626: Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island for $24 worth of beads, knives, axes, and clothes. He bought it from the Canarsees, who did not own it. The Canarsees inhabited what is now Brooklyn.

1738: John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday (Read more).

1775: John Hancock becomes president of Congress

1830: Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale is published (Read more).

1844: Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line (Read more).

1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened to traffic (Read more).

1935: The first major league night baseball game played under lights occurred, in Cincinnati, Ohio between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies (Read more)

1950: The New York Knicks bought Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton’s contract from the Harlem Globetrotters. Clifton would become the first black player in the NBA (Read more).

1974: William Gold of Australia received 28¢ for an article he had written for a Canberra newspaper. He had written more than 3-million words in 18 years and it was his first sale.

1988: Snow fell on the Syrian desert and Damascus had ten hours of snowfall for the first time in 50 years.

1989: Weird Al Yankovic recorded “Generic Blues, ” “Spam,” “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota,” and “Radioactive Hamsters.”

1999: Boxer Mike Tyson walked was released from a Rockville, Maryland, jail after serving 3½ months behind bars for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender.

2001: Egyptian doctors successfully removed a 100-pound cyst from the stomach of a 17-year-old girl. Doctors said the huge cyst had been growing inside the girl’s stomach, causing her breathing problems, for two years.

2001: Temba Tsheri, a 16-year-old Sherpa, becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest (Read more).

2002: Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

2014: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurs in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, injuring 324 people.

HISTORY TODAY

Morse Code (Source)

On this date in history in 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. In addition to helping invent the telegraph, Samuel Morse developed a code (bearing his name) that assigned a set of dots and dashes to each letter of the English alphabet and allowed for the simple transmission of complex messages across telegraph lines.

QUICK TRIVIA

Escargot (Source)

  • Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
  • The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
  • Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
  • Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
  • Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.

WORD OF THE DAY

Auspicious

[aw-spish-uhs]  adjective

promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:

favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate. 

“Joey’s birthday had balloons, games, cakes, and two kinds of ice cream–it was an auspicious occasion”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Peter raised a widow named Tabitha (or Dorcas) from the dead

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 

Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. (Acts 9:36-41)

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