Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Monday, September 2, 2019

The 245 day of the year–120 days left in the year


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


  • 35th Monday of 2019
  • 73rd day of summer 21 days until fall
  • Labor Day (Link)
  • Bison-ten Yell Day*
  • V-J Day* (Link)
  • World Coconut Day*
  • National Grits for Breakfast Day* (Link)


490 B.C: According to legend, Phidippides of Athens ran the legendary first marathon in running from Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 25 miles, to announce the defeat of the Persian army after the Battle of Marathon. In his honor, the 26-mile marathon became part of the Olympic Games in 1896 (read more).

1666: the Great Fire of London began.  The three-day blaze destroyed more than 13-thousand houses and killed six people. 

1789: the United States Treasury Department was organized by an act of Congress. 

1897: the first issue of “McCall’s” magazine was published. 

1833: “New York Sun,” the first “penny paper,” was published.

1901: U.S. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. 

1912: The first Calgary Stampede began in Alberta, but it was called “The Last and Best Great West Frontier Days Celebration.”

1922: inside Ford Motor Company factories warnings were posted, alerting employees that they will lose their jobs if their breath smells like beer, liquor or wine.  They were also warned that they could be fired if they were found in possession of booze on their persons or in their homes. 

1923: The movie classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” was released throughout the U.S.

1931: the radio show “15 Minutes with Bing Crosby” debuted on CBS Radio.  The show turned Crosby into a hot commodity in entertainment. 

1940: the Great Smoky Mountains National park was dedicated in North Carolina. They cover 522-thousand, 419 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. Portions of the 1950s TV series “Davy Crockett” were shot there.

1944: United States Navy Pilot and future President George Bush was shot down by the Japanese following a bombing run on the Bonin Islands. His two crew members on the run were killed. Bush was rescued by a United States submarine. 

1944: Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz. 

1945: President Harry S. Truman proclaimed September second, Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).  That’s because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Japan’s Tokyo Bay.  The war lasted six years and one day. 

1952: actress Marilyn Monroe was the Grand Marshall of the Miss America Pageant. 

1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the building with state troopers (read more). 

1963: “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” was expanded from 15 to 30 minutes making it network television’s first half-hour nightly newscast.  He interviewed President John Kennedy.

1965: The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single “Help!” 

1966: “The Addams Family” and the cartoon, “The Flintstones,” aired for the final time on ABC Television. 

1969: NBC aired the final episode of the original “Star Trek” series. 

1971: Chris Evert won her first U.S. Open singles tennis match.  She went on to record a 101 Open victories in her career. 

1976: Dana Dover, Gary Mandau, and Chris Lyons of Portland, Oregon, set a world record by completing a merry-go-round ride of 312 hours 43 minutes. (13 days).

1977: NBC Television aired the final episode of the sitcom “Sanford and Son”  (Show open)

1978: the final episode of “The Bionic Woman” aired on NBC. 

1986: Catherine Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years for the death of comedian John Belushi. 

1988: “Eight Men Out” opened in theatres across the U.S..  The film chronicled the attempt to throw the 1919 World Series. 

1995: country singer Reba McEntire made history when her song “On My Own” became the first single shipped through cyberspace to country music radio stations. 

2002: A Chinese couple who walked around Hangzhou handcuffed together to show their love were arrested when mistaken for escaped convicts. The couple was released after promising never to misuse police gear again. 

2004: President Bush delivered his Republican nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New York City. 

2005: legendary blues singer Fats Domino resurfaced after he was reported missing in the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  The singer and his family members were taken to a medical center in Baton Rouge and then taken in by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback at Louisiana State University who helped Domino and his clan by running multiple errands for groceries and prescriptions. 

2005: during the star-studded NBC-hosted Concert for Hurricane Relief, rapper Kanye West sparked controversy for his criticism of President Bush and the media portrayal of black and white victims of Hurricane Katrina.


ATM (Taken from Link

The first ATM was called a Docuteller. It was installed in a wall of the Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York. It marked the first time reusable, magnetically coded cards were used to withdraw cash. A bank advertisement announcing the event touted, “On Sept. 2, our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again!”


On this day in 1789, President Washington approved of Congress’ proposal to create the Department of the Treasury. The Treasury Department is the second oldest department in the federal government. (Taken from Link). 


dearth \DURTH\, adjective:

An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.

“I discovered a dearth of milk in the Geiger household this morning as I prepared breakfast.”


Some cities mentioned in the Bible had names formulated by only two letters: for example Ur, On, Ar, Ai, and Uz. 

“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there” (Gen 11:31). 

“Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt” (Gen 41:45). 

“Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession” (Deut 2:9).

“Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai” (Josh 7:2). 

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job” (Job 1:1).

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