Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, August 1, 2019

The 213 day of the year–152 days left to go 


  • International Clown Week
  • International Mathematicians week 
  • Cleanse Your Skin Week
  • Simplify Your Life Week


  • 31st Thursday of 2019
  • 41st day of summer–53 days left until fall 
  • National Raspberry Cream Pie Day* (Link)
  • Girlfriend’s Day*
  • National Minority Donor Awareness Day*
  • Respect For Parents*
  • Rounds Resounding Day*
  • International Can-It-Forward Day* (Link)
  • Spider-Man Day*
  • US Air Force Day* (Link)
  • Twins Day*
  • World Wide Web Day*
  • World Scout Scarf Day*


30 BC: Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

1774: English chemist Joseph Priestley identified oxygen.

1873: The first cable streetcar in America began operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA.

1893: Henry Perky and William Ford received a patent for shredded wheat. 

1936: the Olympic games opened in Berlin.  Adolf Hitler presided over the opening ceremony.  

1937: “The Goodwill Hour” debuted on Mutual Radio. 

1940: John F. Kennedy’s first book, “Why England Slept,” was published.  

1941: “Parade” magazine did a three-page feature on the United States Army’s newest gadget, the Jeep. 

1943: ground was broken on the nation’s first uranium 235 plant.  The facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was used to make the atomic bomb. 

1944: 13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her famous diary.  The young Jewish girl and her family were captured by Nazi troops three days later.  They had been in hiding for two years. 

1953: construction on Pittsburgh’s Alcoa Building was completed.  It was the nation’s first aluminum-faced building. 

1958: the price of a first class postage stamp increased from three-cents to four-cents. 

1960: Chubby Checker’s hit song “The Twist” was released. 

1971: the Concert for Bangladesh was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The show was recorded and sold as a multi-record set.  The concert and the album raised more than eleven-million dollars for the starving people of Bangladesh. 

1978: Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose saw his 44-game hitting streak come to an end against the Atlanta Braves.  It was the second-longest hitting streak in baseball history. 

1981: the rock video cable channel MTV debuted.  The first video shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. 

1995: Westinghouse Electric Corporation agreed to purchase CBS for five-point-four-Billion-dollars.  It was the second network TV takeover in recent days.  A day earlier, Walt Disney struck a deal to acquire Capital Cities-ABC for 19-Billion-dollars.  

2003: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s box office disaster “Gigli” opened in theaters around the country to poor reviews. 

2007: Whoopi Goldberg was announced as the new moderator for Barbara Walters’ ABC morning talk show “The View.”  Goldberg replaced Rosie O’Donnell who left the position a few months earlier.  

2007: the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed and fell into the Mississippi River during rush hour.  Dozens of vehicles went into the water or were crushed by the falling spans onto the roadways below.  At least eight people were killed in the catastrophe.  

2009: American swimmer Michael Phelps captured the 100-meter butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Rome in record time Saturday night.  Phelps touched the wall in 49-point-82 seconds for the gold to edge Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic, who touched at 49-point-95. 

2011: Sissy Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the 1980 movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”  “Carrie,” “Badlands” and “In The Bedroom” are among her other film credits.    

2012: Chick-fil-A broke its one-day sales record as thousands flocked to the fast-food restaurant for what was called, “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”. The idea for the day came from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to criticism of company president Dan Cathy’s affirmation of traditional marriage.  


The Jeep (Taken from Link)

Parade magazine called it “…the Army’s most intriguing new gadget…a tiny truck which can do practically everything.” During World War I, the U.S. Army began looking for a fast, lightweight all-terrain vehicle, but the search did not grow urgent until early 1940. At this time, the Axis powers had begun to score victories in Europe and Northern Africa, intensifying the Allies’ need for an all-terrain vehicle. The U.S. Army issued a challenge to automotive companies, requesting a working prototype, fit to army specifications, in just 49 days. Willy’s Truck Company was the first to successfully answer the Army’s call, and the new little truck was christened “the Jeep.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America could not have won World War II without it. Parade was so enthusiastic about the Jeep, that, on this day, it devoted three full pages to a feature on the vehicle.


As of 2013, twins accounted for about 3 in 100 births in the United States. And 1 in 837 births were triplets or higher order multiples.

Between 1980 and 2009, the birth rate for twins rose by about 76 percent and has remained about the same since then. The rate of triplets and higher order multiples quadrupled from 1980 to 1998 but has since dropped by more than one-third. (Taken from Link


deadpan \DED-pan\, adjective:

1. Marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment.

2. Displaying no emotional or personal involvement.

“Edward’s grumpy attitude and deadpan facial expression were a dead giveaway to the fact that he did not want to go shopping with his mom” 


Throughout the Scriptures, it is recorded that Jesus will return in the clouds. 

“at that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27: Acts 1:9-11: Rev. 1:7)

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