Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, August 29, 2019

The 241 day of the year–124 days left to go 


  • World Water Week (Link)
  • National Safe at Home Week
  • National Composites Week (Link)
  • Be Kind To Humankind Week
  • National Chuck Wagon Races


  • 35th Thursday of 2019
  • 69th day of summer–25 days left until fall
  • According to Hoyle Day* (Link)
  • National College Colors Day
  • Individual Rights Day*
  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests* (Link)
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day*
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day* (Link)
  • Chop Suey Day* (Link)


708: Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time

1533: The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.

1833: Legislation to settle child labor laws was passed in England. The legislation was called the Factory Act.

1896: Chop Suey was invented (sort of–see quick trivia) 

1957: Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

1958: 15-year-old George Harrison joined John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ken Brown in the group, the Quarrymen, to perform at Liverpool’s Casbah Coffee Club. The Beatles’ final public concert would come eight years later to the day in San Francisco.

1964: Monument Records released “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison.

1966: At Candlestick Park, San Francisco, the Beatles played their last live concert.

1967: Seventy-two percent of American TV viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of “The Fugitive.” 

1973: Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.

1977: Memphis police caught three body snatchers trying to steal Elvis, just a week and a half after his burial. As a result, Vernon Presley had his son’s and wife’s bodies moved from Forest Hill cemetery to the grounds at Graceland.

1977: “The Sonny and Cher Show” aired for the final time on CBS Television. 

1987:  “La Bamba” by Los Lobos peaked at number one on the pop singles chart. 

1987: Academy Award winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson at age 63.

1990: Sandy the dog, who starred for six years on Broadway in “Annie,” died in his sleep at age 16. That’s 112 in dog years.

1990: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.

1993: In Dallas 15-year-old Erika Olivares fulfilled her dream. She married Juaquin Valdez, waltzed in a white dress with her father, and tossed her bridal bouquet. In the final stages of leukemia, she died the next day.

1996: Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic “Soul Man,” sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting Dole stop using his song, which his supporters had changed to “I’m A Dole Man.”

1999: Thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900.

2002: A Slovakian motorist who blew up his car and a gas station when he used a cigarette lighter to look into his gas tank was charged with endangering public safety. The 30 year-old man said his fuel gauge had broken. The lighter flame ignited the tank and the fire demolished much of the small gas station in the west Slovak town of Horna Streda.

2005: The average U.S. pump price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to a record $2.60.

2005: Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast on this date leaving devastating effects in the city of New Orleans, and surrounding areas.  Thousands of people who didn’t or couldn’t leave New Orleans were trapped in the flooded city without food, clean water or power.  Many took refuge at the city’s Superdome and Convention Center.  Katrina is estimated to have caused over 81-billion-dollars in damage and killed more than 15-hundred people in Louisiana.  

2008: on his 72nd birthday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his choice for a running mate for the 2008 presidential election.  In doing so, Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five and the first female governor in Alaska’s history, became the first woman ever to be picked as a vice presidential candidate by the Republican party. 

2009: Senator Ted Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia following a funeral Mass in Boston.  He was laid to rest near the graves of his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  


Chop Suey–created on this date in 1896  (Taken from Link

Chop suey consists of small pieces of meat, chicken or shrimp stir-fried with celery, onions, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms and/or other vegetables, and served over rice, usually with soy sauce.

Chop suey is supposedly not Chinese, but is a Chinese-American dish which originated in the mid to late 19th century, either with Chinese laborers working on the U.S. transcontinental railroad, Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, or Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang’s cooks while he was visiting New York.  More recent information suggests that it originated in the Toisan region of China.

Legend has it that, while he was visiting New York City, Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang’s cooks invented the dish for his American guests at a dinner on August 29, 1896. Composed of celery, bean sprouts, and meat in a tasty sauce, the dish was supposedly created to satisfy both Chinese and American tastes. 


The Fugitive (Taken from Link

On this day in 1967, record numbers of American TV viewers watched Dr. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on “The Fugitive.” It was viewed by 25.70 million households (45.9 percent of American households with a television set and a 72 percent share), meaning that more than 78 million people tuned in.

It was a record that stood until 76% found out who shot J.R. on November 21, 1980.


homologate \huh-MOL-uh-geyt\, verb:

1. To approve; confirm or ratify.

“The senate plans to homolgate the bill before five o’clock today.”


The word “Samaritan”, which described people from Samaria, was actually used as a byword by some of the Jews

“The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans)” (John 4:9).

“The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” (John 8:48). 

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