Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, May 31, 2019

The 151 day of the year–214 days left to go

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THIS WEEK IS

  • National African Violet Week (read more)
  • Black Single Parents Week 
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee (Ended yesterday, Link)

TODAY IS

  • The 22 Friday of 2019
  • 73rd day of spring–22 days until summer
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day*
  • World No-Tobacco Day* (Link)
  • National Macaroon Day* (See Quick Trivia below)
  • Save Your Hearing Day* (Learn about hearing loss)
  • National Speak in Sentences Day
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day* (Link)
  • National Dam Safety Awareness Day (Link)
  • Heat Awareness Day (Link)

ON THIS DATE…


1279 BC: Ramses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (read more)


455: Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome.

526:  A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000.

1678: Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback through the city of Coventry, England. According to legend, she made the ride as part of a bargain to get her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, to ease taxes on the people of Conventry, England (read more)


1909:  The National Negro Committee, forerunner to the NAACP, convenes for the first time.

1927: The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles (See History Spotlight)


1929: The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, “The Karnival Kid”, is released (watch)


1943: The comic strip “Archie Andrews” debuted on the Mutual radio network. Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the gang lasted on radio about five years.


1958: Sheb Wooley’s “Purple People Eater” became the #1 U.S. song and stayed there for six weeks (watch).



1969: Stevie Wonder released “My Cherie Amore.”

1990: “The Seinfeld Chronicles” premiered as a summer series on NBC starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The pilot had aired in the previous July. Renamed just plain “Seinfeld,” the show lasted nine years.


1997: Lee Ann Womack debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.


1998: Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) rocked the British entertainment world when she announced she was leaving The Spice Girls (read more). 

1999: A huge mock cigarette stuffed with balloons accidentally exploded and caught fire while it was being chopped into during a No-Tobacco Day ceremony in Bangkok. No one was seriously hurt, but there were several singed eyebrows.

2013: The asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon make their closest approach to Earth for the next two centuries (read more).

2013: A record breaking 2.6 mile wide tornado struck El Reno, Oklahoma causing 8 fatalities and over 150 injuries.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT 

The last Model T rolls off assembly line  (Source)

The Model T was an automobile built by the Ford Motor Company from 1908 until 1927. Conceived by Henry Ford as practical, affordable transportation for the common man, it quickly became prized for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance. Assembly-line production allowed the price of the touring car version to be lowered from $850 in 1908 to less than $300 in 1925. At such prices the Model T at times comprised as much as 40 percent of all cars sold in the United States.

QUICK TRIVIA

Macaroons (Source)

Macaroons can trace their story back to Italy, where the flourless and unleavened cookies were originally made with almond paste (in Italian, these cookies are called amaretti). Then two factions developed: some inventive bakers swapped in shredded coconut for the almond paste and others tried making it with ground almonds (finely ground into flour). The coconut version became really popular with the European Jewish community — the cookie was a perfect treat for Passover because it was unleavened. The version made with ground almonds (spelled macaron in French) was developed in the French court by chefs that the king’s Italian wife, Catherine de Medici, brought from Italy.

WORD OF THE DAY

somnolent

\SOM-nugh-luhnt\, adjective:

1. Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep.

2. Tending to cause sleepiness or drowsiness. 

“As the Apostle Paul waxed long into the night, Eutychus was lulled into a somnolent state.”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

More than 40 men vowed together to kill the Apostle Paul

“The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. More than forty men were involved in this plot. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.” (Acts 23:12-14)

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