Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, May 23, 2019

The 143 day of the year–222 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

  • EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week (Link)
  • National New Friends, Old Friends Week
  • National Safe Boating Week (Link)
  • National Medical Transcription Week (Link
  • National Unicycle Week (Link
  • Brain Injury Awareness Week (Link
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (Link
  • National Tire Safety Week (Link
  • World Schizophrenia Awareness Week (Link

TODAY IS

  • 21st Thursday of 2019
  • 65th day of spring–30 days until summer
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula* (Link)
  • National Taffy Day* (See Quick Trivia)
  • World Crohn’s and Colitis Day* (Link). (Learn more)
  • World Turtle Day* (Link)
  • National Lucky Penny Day
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1701: Captain Kidd is executed (Link)

1827: the first nursery school in the United States was established in New York City.

1873: Canada created the North West Mounted Police.  They would later become known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (read more).

1879: Iowa State College established the first veterinary school in the United States. 

1911: The New York Public Library is dedicated (Learn more)

1934: bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana (See History Spotlight). 

1938: actor Errol Flynn appeared on the cover of “Life” magazine.

1940: Frank Sinatra recorded the classic “I’ll Never Smile Again” for Victor Records.

1953: Cliff’s Notes were first used in schools.

1975: singer B-J Thomas earned a gold record for his hit “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”  (Song).

1991: Seinfeld’s, “The Chinese Restaurant”, aired on NBC (See Quick Trivia)

1994: former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. 

1995: the remainder of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.  The site was cleared to make way for a memorial to the victims who died when a bomb blast leveled a large portion of the building. 

1994: “Pulp Fiction” won the Golden Palm Award for Best Film at the 47th Annual Cannes Film Festival.  

1997: the blockbuster film “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” opened in theaters across the U.S. (Trailer)

1999: professional wrestler Owen Hart, also known as “The Blue Blazer,” died when he fell 78 feet from a cable as he was being lowered into the ring at a World Wrestling Federation show in Kansas City, Missouri. 

2007: 17-year-old Jordin Sparks won the sixth season of the hit Fox reality singing competition “American Idol.”

2013: the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay boys to join the organization but upheld its ban on gay scout leaders.  

2015: At least 46 people are killed as a result of floods caused by a tornado in Texas and Oklahoma.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Bonnie and Clyde (Taken from Link

Clyde Champion Barrow and his companion, Bonnie Parker, were shot to death by officers in an ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 23, 1934, after one of the most colorful and spectacular manhunts the nation had seen up to that time.

They were believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries. Barrow, for example, was suspected of murdering two police officers at Joplin, Missouri and kidnapping a man and a woman in rural Louisiana. He released them near Waldo, Texas. Numerous sightings followed, linking this pair with bank robberies and automobile thefts. 

Clyde allegedly murdered a man at Hillsboro, Texas; committed robberies at Lufkin and Dallas, Texas; murdered one sheriff and wounded another at Stringtown, Oklahoma; kidnaped a deputy at Carlsbad, New Mexico; stole an automobile at Victoria, Texas; attempted to murder a deputy at Wharton, Texas; committed murder and robbery at Abilene and Sherman, Texas; committed murder at Dallas, Texas; abducted a sheriff and the chief of police at Wellington, Texas; and committed murder at Joplin and Columbia, Missouri.

QUICK TRIVIA

Seinfeld’s “Chinese Restaurant” (Source)

NBC executives objected to its production and broadcast due to its lack of an involved storyline, thinking that audiences would be uninterested. It was not until David threatened to quit if the network forced any major changes upon the script that NBC allowed the episode to be produced, though the network postponed broadcast to the near end of season two. “The Chinese Restaurant” received very positive responses from critics and is considered one of Seinfeld’s first “classic episodes” and is the show’s 16th episode overall. 

Taffy (Source)

Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until it becomes aerated (meaning that tiny air bubbles are produced, resulting in a light, fluffy and chewy candy. When this process is complete, the taffy is rolled, cut into small pastel-colored pieces and wrapped in wax paper to keep it soft. Contrary to popular belief, everyone’s favorite boardwalk treat, saltwater taffy, isn’t made with saltwater. Its ingredients, however, do include salt and water.

WORD OF THE DAY

Froward

\FROH-werd\, adjective:

not easily managed; contrary

“Toddlers are generally a delight; however, there are times when they can be extremely froward”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus” (Matthew 17:1-3)

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