Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Monday, August 12, 2019

The 224 day of the year–141 days left to go 


  • National Motorcycle Week (Link)
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week (Link)
  • National Resurrect Romance Week (Link)
  • Weird Contest Week
  • US Amateur Golf Week (Link)


  • 32nd Monday of 2019
  • 52nd day of summer–42 days until fall
  • International Youth Day*
  • IMB PC Day*
  • Home Sewing Machine Day*
  • Vinyl Record Day* (See Quick Trivia)
  • World Elephant Day* (Link)
  • National Julienne Fries Day* (Link)


30 BC: Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide (See History Spotlight) 

1815: Stagecoach driver Ben Cheney was born. In 1835 he started a stage run from Boston to Montreal that grew into the American Express Company.

1851: Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadle sewing machine on this day. Although a sewing machine had already been patented, Singer’s sewing machine was revolutionary, having a double treadle. With patent in hand, Isaac set up shop in Boston, Massachusetts and began to manufacture his invention. Even after huge settlements paid to Elias Howe, another sewing machine patent holder, Singer, through business innovations like installment buying, after-sale servicing and trade-in allowances, had the marketplace all sewn up. 

1865: Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. The same Joseph Lister is on bottles of Listerine mouthwash (Read more).

1877: Thomas Alva Edison completed the model for the first phonograph (read more).

1896: Gold was discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.

1898: Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.

1908: Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the assembly line (Read more

1918: Regular air-mail service began between New York City and Washington, DC.

1936: The small town of Seymour recorded Texas’ hottest temperature ever: 120° F (48.9°C).

1937: Comedian Red Skelton appeared on radio for the first time on “The Rudy Vallee Show.” 

1939: “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th (read more). 

1942: Actor Clark Gable enters the United States Army as a private. 

1966: The last tour for the Beatles began in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ.

1970: At Harvard University, singer Janis Joplin performed her final concert.

1972: The last American combat ground troops left Vietnam.

1973: Golfer Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title, breaking a record held for nearly 50 years by Bobby Jones. Nicklaus won the PGA Championship for the third time (Bio).

1974: For the first time in history, two teammates were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on the same day: Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.

1977: The space shuttle Enterprise made its first flight within the Earth’s atmosphere after being launched from a Boeing 747.  It marked the first successful solo flight test of a space shuttle.

1979: Melissa Anker of Baton Rouge was born on her mother’s birthday, and her mother’s birthday. And her uncle’s and aunt’s and granduncle’s and three cousins’ birthdays.

1981:  IBM unveiled its first PC (read more)

1982: The sitcom “Mork and Mindy” aired for the final time on ABC Television.

1982: The sitcom “Bosom Buddies” aired for the final time on ABC Television. The show starred future Oscar winner Tom Hanks. 

1986: Rod Carew became the first California Angel to have his number (#29) retired.

1988 – “The Last Temptation of Christ” opened in theaters. 

1988: Michael and Debbie Ball were married near Los Angeles on the roller coaster at Magic Mountain. The minister rode behind them, with the maid of honor and best man in the next car. The wedding took four trips around the track.

1994: Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.

1999: Hang Thu Thi Ngyuen shot an arrow from a bow with her feet on “Guinness World Records: Primetime” and hit a target 16 feet and 5 inches away. 

2000: the world first celebrated International Youth Day. (Link)
2012: the 30th Olympic Summer Games came to a close after 17 days.  The United States left the London Games with the most medals – 104 in all


Cleopatra ended her life on this day in 30 B.C.  (Taken from Link)

Cleopatra VII ruled ancient Egypt as co-regent (first with her two younger brothers and then with her son) for almost three decades. She became the last in a dynasty of Macedonian rulers founded by Ptolemy, who served as general under Alexander the Great during his conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. Well-educated and clever, Cleopatra could speak various languages and served as the dominant ruler in all three of her co-regencies. Her romantic liaisons and military alliances with the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, as well as her supposed exotic beauty and powers of seduction, earned her an enduring place in history and popular myth.

On August 12, 30 B.C., after burying Antony and meeting with the victorious Octavian, Cleopatra closed herself in her chamber with two of her female servants. The means of her death is uncertain, but Plutarch and other writers advanced the theory that she used a poisonous snake known as the asp, a symbol of divine royalty. According to her wishes, Cleopatra’s body was buried with Antony’s, leaving Octavian (later Emperor Augustus I) to celebrate his conquest of Egypt and his consolidation of power in Rome.


The LP (Taken from Link

Way back in 1857, a French scientist named Leon Scott developed the “phonoautograph”, which used a vibrating diaphragm to record sound waves on paper. The initial intention for this was merely for visual analysis, but it laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the gramophone, or LP.



fuh-see-shuhs –adjective 

1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally 

2. amusing; humorous 

“Josh, unaware of the seriousness of Rachael’s hair being dyed blonde, made a facetious remark.” 


Peter healed a man at Lydda named Aeneas. Aeneas was paralyzed and had been bedridden for 8 years 

“Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed” (Acts 9:32-34).

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