Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Monday, June 10, 2019

The 161 day of the year–204 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

  • Greencare for Troops Week
  • National Flag Week
  • Men’s Health Week (Link)
  • National Right of Way Professionals Week (Link)
  • National Automotive Service Professionals Week (Link)

TODAY IS

  • 23 Monday of 2019
  • 83rd day of spring–12 days until summer
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day* (Link)
  • Ball Point Pen Day* (See History Today) 
  • Iced Tea Day* (See Quick Trivia) 
  • National Black Cow Day (recipe)
  • National Herbs and Spices Day (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1639: the first American log cabin was constructed at Fort Christina in Wilmington, Delaware.


1692: Bridget Bishop became the first person hanged for witchcraft, during the ordeal known to history as the “Salem Witch Trials.” In all, 20 people died before theological jurisprudence was restored in this isolated Puritan community in Massachusetts (Read more).

1854: The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation.

1893: Miss Fitzsimmons died in Australia. She was the most successful boxing kangaroo of her time (Link).


1902: Americus F. Callahan patented what he called the outlook or see-through envelope. 

1905: Based on cylinder and sheet music sales, the #1 song in America was “The Preacher and the Bear” by Arthur Collins.

1935:  After completing one full day without liquor, Dr. Robert Smith and his friend William G. Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous. 

1943: The ball-point pen was patented in the U.S.A. by Laszlo Biro.

1944: Fifteen-year-old Joe Nuxhall became the youngest player ever to appear in a major-league baseball game. He pitched two-thirds of an inning for Cincinnati, giving up five runs on five walks and two hits. Eight years later he came back to the big leagues and stayed for 15 years (Link).


1964: Capitol Records released the Beatles’ single and album titled “A Hard Days Night.” (Song)


1967 – The Six-Day War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.

1967: History’s first horse motel opened in Marshfield, Missouri.

1989: Rev. Jerry Falwell announced that his Moral Majority political organization would be disbanded.

1991: thousands participate in a ticker tape parade in New York City, celebrating the American victory in the Persian Gulf War.

1997: Doctors in Lecco, Italy, removed a 7-by-7 centimeter surgical gauze from the abdomen of a woman where it had been left 25 years earlier when she had a Caesarian section. Giuditta Consonni had complained for years of stomach pains; doctors finally found the problem.

2003: The Spirit rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission (Read More).

2007: after six storied seasons, HBO’s hit mob drama “The Sopranos” came to an end.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Laszlo Biro patented the first ballpoint pen on this day in 1938 (Source)

Biro had noticed that the type of ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly, leaving the paper dry and smudge-free. He decided to create a pen using the same type of ink. The thicker ink would not flow from a regular pen nib and Biro had to devise a new type of point. He did so by fitting his pen with a tiny ball bearing in its tip. As the pen moved along the paper, the ball rotated picking up ink from the ink cartridge and leaving it on the paper.

QUICK TRIVIA 

Other uses for tea (Source

To cure puffy eyes lie in a horizontal position and place either a moist teabag or tea compress over both eyes and leave for about 20 minutes. The swelling around the eyes will to your amazement disappear and your eyes will return to their former glory.

Tea will absorb odors around it. Here is a tip for removing food odors from your hands. Pour some tea over your hands and the tea will remove all odors from your fingers, and leave them smelling great. It even works great with fish odors!

WORD OF THE DAY 

Lagniappe

la-gniappe  (læn-yæp)  noun 

Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus. An unexpected or indirect benefit.

“Mikey got the new bicycle he wanted for his birthday–the clothes were just lagniappe.”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

The Apostle Paul was a Roman citizen.

“When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left” (Acts 16:35-40).


“But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.” The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.” The commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.” Therefore those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains” (Acts 22:25-29).

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