Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday, September 6, 2019

The 249 day of the year-116 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Payroll Week (Link)
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Week (Link)
  • National Waffle Week
  • National Payroll Week (Link)


TODAY IS

  • 36th Friday of 2019
  • 77th day of summer–17 days until fall
  • National Coffee Ice Cream Day* (Link)
  • National 401(k) Day (Link)
  • National Read a Book Day (Link)
  • Bring Your Manners to Work Day (Link)
  • National Food Bank Day (Link)
  • Stand up to Cancer Day (Link)


ON THIS DATE…


1522: one of Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships returned to Spain, completing the first successful circumnavigation of the world. Only 15 of the original 265 sailors survived the journey (Link). 

1620: the Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in the New World. 

1837: Oberlin Collegiate Institute became the first college to grant equal status to men and women. 

1873: Cable car service in San Francisco was launched. 

1901: President William McKinley was shot while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. (See History Spotlight) 

1920: The first prizefight broadcast on radio featured Jack Dempsey knocking out Billy Miske in the third round of a bout in Benton Harbor, MI. Radio station WWJ in Detroit was the station that fight fans were tuned to.

1926: the Harlem Globetrotters were established. (See Quick Trivia). 

1941: in German-occupied areas, Jews older than six were forced to wear yellow Stars of David with the word “Jew” inscribed on them. 

1947: a long-range rocket was launched from a ship for the first time. U.S. military officials launched the captured German V-Two rocket from the deck of the U-S-S Midway. 

1959: The first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation. The original Barbie, along with her pals, Ken and Skipper, are now collectors items, although new versions are continually being produced.


1972: the Munich Massacre, in which Israeli hostages were held at gunpoint at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, ended tragically with the deaths of all 11 athletes (Link).

1975: Glen Campbell hit #1 on the Billboard pop music chart with Rhinestone Cowboy

1983: the Soviet Union took responsibility for shooting down a Korean Air Lines commuter flight, saying the pilots did not know their target was a civilian flight. 

1986: the cartoon “Scooby-Doo” last aired on ABC, after being on TV since September 1969. 

1991: the name of Russia’s second largest city was changed from Leningrad back to St. Petersberg. 

1995: Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when he was called back to testify at the O-J Simpson trial.

1995: the Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Oregon Senator Bob Packwood be expelled from his Senate position.  The Senator faced allegations of sexual misconduct.  He resigned two days later. 

1995: Baltimore Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken played in his two-thousand-131st consecutive game to break Lou Gehrig’s record. 

1996: Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination after being called back to witness stand at the O-J Simpson criminal trial.   

1997: Princess Diana’s funeral took place in London, England. The funeral was broadcast live around the world. Elton John performed a reworked version of his song “Candle in the Wind,” which was originally released as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. “Goodbye England’s Rose” was used as a tribute to Princess Diana. 

2003: Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas resigned from power.  His resignation followed a bitter power struggle with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.  

2006: Bob Dylan’s album “Modern Times” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album chart, marking Dylan’s first number one album in 30 years. 


2007: legendary opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti passed away at his home in Northern Italy after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 71 years old (Link).  

2012: addressing delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination to lead the White House for another four years. 


HISTORY SPOTLIGHT 


September 6, 1901: President William McKinley shot 


President William McKinley was shaking hands at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York, when a 28-year-old anarchist named Leon Czolgosz approaches him and fires two shots into his chest. The president rose slightly on his toes before collapsing forward, saying “be careful how you tell my wife.” (Link)  Read more about McKinley (Link). 



QUICK TRIVIA


The Harlem Globetrotters


The Harlem Globetrotters surpass every other team in the history of sports for number of games played. They are best known for their wildly-entertaining comedic routines and ball-handling skills on the court, and of course that famous song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” 

Founded in 1926 in Chicago by a 24 year-old named Abe Saperstein, the original team was called the “Savoy Big Five,” named after Chicago’s famous Savoy Ballroom, where they played many of their early games (read more). 


WORD FOR THE DAY


Impetus 

[im-pi-tuhs] –noun

1. a moving force; impulse; stimulus

2. (broadly) the momentum of a moving body, esp. with reference to the cause of motion. 


“The impetus for Joey’s desire to bake was his love for chocolate brownies” 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 


The Bible includes bits of humor. 


Proverbs 26:17, “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” 

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