Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Monday, September 9, 2019

The 252 day of the year–113 days left in the year


  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week 
  • International Housekeepers Week (Link)  
  • National Assisted Living Week (Link)
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Link)
  • Line Dance Week (Link)
  • Suicide Prevention Week (Link)


  • 36th Monday of 2019
  • 80th day of summer–14 days until fall
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day* (Link)
  • Wonderful Weirdoes Day*
  • National Teddy Bear Day* (Link)
  • Care Bears Share Your Care Day* (Link)
  • National Boss/Employee Exchange Day 
  • I Love Food Day* (Link)


1776: the Second Continental Congress authorized the use of the name “United States.”  It replaced the name “United Colonies.” (Link)

1836: Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law. 

1850: California joined the United States as the 31st state of the union. 

1890: Colonel Harland Sanders was born (Link)

1908: Orville Wright made the first one-hour airplane flight at Fort Myer, Virginia (Link).

1926: the National Broadcasting Company, NBC, was created by the Radio Corporation of America or RCA. 

1947: computer scientist Grace Hopper reported the world’s first computer bug—a moth trapped in her computer at Harvard University (Link

1956: Elvis Presley appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time.  The show attracted nearly 50-million viewers (see history spotlight below). 

1963: a federal injunction was issued to Alabama Governor George Wallace as he ordered police to keep African-American students from enrolling in white schools. 

1967: “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” debuted on NBC Television (Link)

1968: Arthur Ashe, became the first black male to win a major tennis tournament when he defeated Tom Okker of the Netherlands at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship.  

1971: prisoners at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility took nine guards hostage during a riot at the prison.  Thirty-one prisoners and the nine guards were killed when 15-hundred law enforcement officials stormed the prison. 

1971: “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe retired from the National Hockey League. 

1975: “Welcome Back Kotter” debuted on ABC (Opening)

1976: Communist China leader Mao Tse-tung died at the age of 82. 

1977: the first T-R-S 80 computer sold at Radio Shack. 

1984: Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canada as he began a 12 day tour of the country. 

1986: the colorization of black-and-white films was presented by Ted Turner.  The first film was “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and showed on Turner’s WTBS. 

1991: heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson was indicted on charges that he raped Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant in Indiana. Tyson was later convicted. 

1994: “The Arsenio Hall Show” aired for the final time. 

1997: actor Burgess Meredith died at the age of 89.  He is best known for portraying The Penguin on the “Batman” television series and Mickey in the “Rocky” films. 

2003: Simon & Garfunkel announced plans for their “Old Friends” reunion tour, marking their first trek together in nearly ten years. 

2009: Fox announced that comedienne and Emmy winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres would replace Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on its hit reality singing competition “American Idol.” Abdul announced her departure from the show a month earlier after eight seasons. 

2015: Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

2016: The government of North Korea conducts its fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test. World leaders condemn the act, with South Korea calling it “maniacal recklessness”.


Elvis Presley appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time on this date in 1956 (taken from Link)

Elvis’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show is cemented in the annals of rock music history because of the censors’ decision to shoot the volatile young singer only from the waist up.

However, contrary to popular belief, this decision was not made until his third appearance.

Elvis made his Sullivan debut on the show’s season premiere, but on the big night neither Sullivan nor Elvis was in the New York studio. Elvis was in Hollywood, filming his first movie, and he sang from the CBS studio there. Sullivan was recovering from an August head-on car collision, and Charles Laughton, the star of Mutiny on the Bounty, filled in for the host, hailing his guest by saying, ‘Away to Hollywood to meet Elvis Presley’.

Elvis, wearing a loud plaid jacket, greeted the audience from a set decorated with stylized guitar shapes. He announced that the show was ‘probably the greatest honor I have ever had in my life’, and then launched into ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. The camera stayed above his waist for now, sometimes closing in on his face, sometimes turning to show his backup singers, but something Elvis was doing out of lens range was causing unexplained screams from the audience. After the number was over, he acknowledged the vocal segment of the crowd, saying, ‘Thank you, ladies’. To finish the first segment, he played the title song to his new movie, ‘Love Me Tender’, introducing it as ‘completely different from anything we’ve ever done.’ Nationwide, disk jockeys taped the performance and played the song, which had yet to be released, on their radio shows, increasing pre-release orders to almost a million and pushing forward the single’s release date.


The Teddy Bear was named after “Teddy” Roosevelt who, in 1902, refused to shoot a bear on a hunting expedition. 

Some famous bears…

Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, Care bears, Smokey the Bear, Fozzie Bear (from The Muppet Show), The three Bears (friends of Goldilocks), Gummi bears, Rupert, Corduroy, Little John (from Disney’s Robin Hood cartoon) and the Bernstein Bears (Taken from Link)


swivet  [swiv-it]   noun

a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter: 

“It was her birthday and Julie was in such a swivet that as she anticipated her big party”


In the Bible, oftentimes names have significant meaning. 

“Don’t call me Naomi (pleasant),” she told them. “Call me Mara (bitter), because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi?” (Ruth 1:20-21).

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