Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, May 30, 2019

The 150 day of the year–215 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

  • National African Violet Week (read more)
  • Black Single Parents Week 
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee (Tues-Thurs, Link)

TODAY IS

  • The 22nd day of 2019
  • 72 day of spring–23 days until summer
  • Mint Julep Day* (Link
  • Loomis Day* (Link)
  • National Creativity Day* 
  • National Nail Tech Day* (Link
  • National Hole In My Bucket Day* (Link)
  • National Water a Flower Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

70: Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometers.

1431: 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal. The Roman Catholic Church remembers this day as the celebration of Saint Joan of Arc (read more).

1539: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida.

1783: “The Pennsylvania Evening Post” became the first daily newspaper in the United States. 

1806: Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy (See Trivia below). 

1868: Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day”) is observed in the United States for the first time

1872: Mahlom Loomis patented his wireless telegraphing invention while working as a dentist in Washington DC (read more). 


1879: William Vanderbilt changed the name of Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.

1922: the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. 

1958: Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean War were buried at Arlington National Cemetery

1967: daredevil Evel Knievel jumped a row of 16 automobiles in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, California. 



1975: Alice Cooper received a gold record for his album “Welcome To My Nightmare.” 

1978: Blue Ribbon Sports officially changes its name to Nike, Inc., taking its new name from the Greek goddess of victory.

1982: Spain became NATO’s 16th member.  

1985: ABC Television announced all World Series baseball games would be played at night in order to attract the biggest audience possible.  

2003: The Walt Disney/Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo” premieres in theaters (See Trailer).


2009: Internet sensation Susan Boyle finished in second place on the closely-watched finale of British TV’s “Britain’s Got Talent.”  Boyle made headlines a month earlier for her show-stopping performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” and her frumpy appearance.  The 48-year-old Scottish spinster became an overnight sensation after her stellar performances, but was edged out in the finals by the ten-member dance group Diversity.  The group won 160-thousand-dollars and an appearance before the Queen. 

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

The Indianapolis 500 (Source)

On this day in 1911, Ray Harroun drives his single-seater Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500, now one of the world’s most famous motor racing competitions. On May 30, 1911, 40 cars lined up at the starting line for the first Indy 500. A multi-car accident occurred 13 laps into the race, and the ensuing chaos temporarily disrupted scoring, throwing the finish into dispute when the eventual runner-up, Ralph Mulford, argued that he was the rightful winner. It was Ray Harroun, however, who took home the $14,250 purse, clocking an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes. The Wasp was the first car with a rear-view mirror, which Harroun had installed in order to compensate for not having a mechanic in the seat next to him to warn of other cars passing.

QUICK TRIVIA 

On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson who accused him of cheating on a horse race bet and then insulted his wife, Rachel. (Source).

Dickinson accused Jackson of reneging on a horse bet, calling Jackson a coward and an equivocator. Dickinson also called Rachel Jackson a bigamist. (Rachel had married Jackson not knowing her first husband had failed to finalize their divorce.) After the insult to Rachel and a statement published in the National Review in which Dickinson called Jackson a worthless scoundrel and, again, a coward, Jackson challenged Dickinson to a duel. 

Jackson was not prosecuted for murder, and the duel had very little effect on his successful campaign for the presidency in 1829. Many American men in the early 1800s, particularly in the South, viewed dueling as a time-honored tradition. In 1804, Thomas Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr had also avoided murder charges after killing former Treasury secretary and founding father Alexander Hamilton in a duel. In fact, Rachel’s divorce raised more of a scandal in the press and in parlors than the killing of Dickinson.



WORD OF THE DAY 

Fractious

[frak-shuhs]

–adjective 

refractory or unruly

readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome

“The ladies loved to have Mr. Green’s grandson, Brutus in the nursery, but they all had to admit he was a little fractious”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
If an Israelite man refused to marry the widow of his deceased brother, he was to be shamed in front of the whole community.  

“However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.” Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.” That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled” (Deut 25:7-10)

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