Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Monday, May 20, 2019

140 day of the year–225 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

  • 20th Monday of 2019
  • 62nd day of spring–33 days until summer
  • Weights and Measures Day* (Link)
  • National Be a Millionaire Day
  • Victoria Day (Link
  • National Rescue Dog Day* (Link)
  • National Pick Strawberries Day* (Link)
  • National Quiche Lorraine Day* (Link)
  • World Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

325: The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held (Link).


1506: Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain.  

1830: H.D. Hyde of Reading, Pennsylvania, patented the fountain pen.

1861: North Carolina voted to secede from the Union, the last state to do so.

1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act, a program designed to grant 250 million acres of public land to small farmers at low cost (read more).

1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets (read more).

1875: the International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established. 

1896: The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others (read more).

1899: Jacob German of New York City became the first driver ever arrested for speeding.  He was taken into custody after being observed driving his taxi over the posted 12-mile-per-hour speed limit.

1916: The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).

1927: Charles Lindbergh took off from New York’s Roosevelt Field in his “Spirit of St. Louis” airplane to begin his historic flight to Paris, France.

1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland in her attempt to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 

1933: “Charlie Chan” was heard for the final time on the NBC Blue Radio Network.  

1939: Pan Am’s “Yankee Clipper” took off from Port Washington, New York, on its way to Europe.  The flight established the first regular air passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean. 

1978: 53-year-old Mavis Hutchinson arrived in New York City, becoming the first woman to run across America.  The trip took her 69 days. 

1982: “Barney Miller” aired for the final time on ABC Television (show open). 

1991: General Norman Schwarzkopf was granted an honorary knighthood by England’s Queen Elizabeth the Second. 

1993: the final episode of the popular sitcom “Cheers” aired on NBC.  More than 80-million people tuned in to see the show’s finale (read more).  

1997: “Roseanne” aired for the final time on ABC. 

2005: “General Hospital” was named Best Daytime Drama at the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York City.  It was the eighth win for the longrunning soap and broke the Daytime Emmys’ record for the top drama award.  

2008: Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi was announced as the winner of the sixth season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

2011: veteran entertainment news anchor Mary Hart made her final appearance on “Entertainment Tonight,” ending a 29-year-career with the long-running series.

2013: a powerful tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on this date, leveling buildings and causing a number of deaths. 

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Blue Jeans (Source)

On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans. By the 1920s, Levi’s denim waist overalls were the top-selling men’s work pant in the United States. As decades passed, the craze only grew, and now blue jeans are worn by men and women, young and old, around the world.

QUICK TRIVIA

Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle is a fictional character who appears in the play Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw, 1912) and the musical version of that play My Fair Lady.

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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