Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, August 8, 2019

The 220 day of the year–145 days left to go 


  • Assistance Dog Week (Link)
  • Exercise With Your Child Week
  • National Button Week (Link)
  • National Farmers’ Market Week
  • National Fraud Awareness Week (Link)
  • Single Working Women’s Week (Link)
  • Stop on Red Week (Link)


  • 32nd Thursday of 2019
  • 48th  day of summer–46 days left until fall
  • National Frozen Custard Day* (Link)
  • National Zucchini Day* (Link)
  • International Beer Day
  • Dalek Day* (Link)
  • The Date to Create*
  • Happiness Happens Day*
  • Odie Day*  (Garfield’s pal)  (Link)
  • Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day*
  • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night*


1471: Thomas Kempis died at Mount Saint Agnes monastery in the Netherlands where he had lived for 64 years. He wrote Imitation of Christ, a work translated into all languages, still published and read today, more than 500 years after it was written.

1844: Brigham Young was chosen to head The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, succeeding Joseph Smith.

1876: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph

1899: The first household refrigerating machine was patented (Link).

1911: Membership in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. Every 211,877 residents of the U.S. were represented by one member of Congress.

1923: Clarinetist Benny Goodman got his first professional job as a band leader on a Chicago excursion boat. He was 14 years old.

1926: Webb Pierce was born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He had 51 Top 10 country records, including “In the Jailhouse Now,” “There Stands the Glass,” and “I Don’t Care.” He died in 1991.

1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight (See Quick Trivia).

1934: Bing Crosby recorded “Just A-Wearyin’ For You” and “I Love You Truly,” the first songs to be released on the new Decca Records label: single #D-100.

1941: Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, got a new nickname when Les Brown & His Band of Renown recorded “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” on Okey Records.

1963: Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds (Link).

1969: At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the photo that becomes the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road, one of the most famous album covers in recording history

1970: Singer Janis Joplin purchased a marker for the Philadelphia grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Bessie died in 1937.

1974: President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

1975: Singer Hank Williams Jr. fell 500 feet down a Montana mountain and survived, but recuperation took two years.

1978: Odie The Dog first appeared in the “Garfield” comic strip. 

1988: 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

1991: Students at Stanly Community College in Albermarle, North Carolina, set a world record by filling a container with 5,438 cubic feet of popped popcorn. Three weeks later a British theater staff broke the record by 541 cubic feet.

1992: “MacGyver” aired for the final time on NBC (Link). 

1994: Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries.

1995: The regime of Iraq`s Saddam Hussein was shaken when his two older daughters, their husbands and other senior army officers defected.

2001: An Egyptian man claimed he had been married 203 times. 78-year-old Mustafa Semeda said he first got married in 1947. He only had three children and said he was permanently searching for his ideal woman. Egyptian and Islamic law allow polygamy but limit the number of wives to four at any one time.

2004: Actress Fay Wray, held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic “King Kong,” died in New York City at age 96 (Watch).

2006:  A jet airliner landed safely after one of its doors fell off and crashed to earth next to a supermarket shortly after departure from Sao Paulo, Bazil.  No one was hurt in the incident. The Fokker 100 plane with 79 people aboard en route to Rio de Janeiro returned to the airport safely 18 minutes after taking off.


Nixon Resigns (Taken from Link

In an evening televised address on this date in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”


Graf Zeppelin (Taken from Link)

The most successful zeppelin ever built, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin flew more than a million miles on 590 flights, carrying over 34,000 passengers without a single injury.

During its nine year career, Graf Zeppelin made the first commercial passenger flight across the Atlantic, the first commercial passenger flight around the world, flew a scientific mission over the North Pole, made the first regularly scheduled transatlantic passenger crossings by air, and aroused intense public enthusiasm around the globe.



[vol-uh-tl, -til] –adjective 

evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor

tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive

“The fact that there were 3 people and only one piece of pecan pie made for a volatile situation”


In several places throughout the Scriptures, God is said to have wings (this is an example of anthropomorphistic terminology). 

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 36:7).

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Psalm 57:1).

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