Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, September 12, 2019

The 255 day of the year–110 days left in the year


  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week 
  • International Housekeepers Week (Link)  
  • National Assisted Living Week (Link)
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Link)
  • Line Dance Week (Link)
  • Suicide Prevention Week (Link)


  • 37th Thursday of 2019
  • 83rd day of summer–11 days until fall
  • International Day for South-South Cooperation* (Link)
  • National Day of Encouragement*
  • National Police Woman’s Day* (Link
  • Video Games Day*
  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day* (Link)


490: BC, a vastly outnumbered group of Athenians defeated Persian forces at the Battle of Marathon, Greece (Link).

1609: Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.

1857: The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush (Link).

1866: The first burlesque show opened in New York City. The show was a four-act performance called The Black Crook. It ran for 475 performances and made about $1.3 million for its producer

1873: The first practical typewriter was sold to customers

1928: actress Katherine Hepburn made her New York stage debut in “Night Hostess.” (Link)

1940: the 17-thousand-year-old Lascaux cave paintings were discovered (See History Spotlight). 

1948: the Presley family moved from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee.  The future “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley was 13-years-old at the time. 

1953: Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. 

1954: “Lassie” debuted on CBS.  The show stayed on the air for 17 years (see intro). 

1959: “Bonanza,” debuted on NBC (See intro and trivia below).

1963: “Leave It To Beaver” aired for the final time on ABC. 

1966: The Beatles received a gold record this day for Yellow Submarine.

1966: “The Monkees” debuted on NBC.  The show went on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967. 

1980: the Chevrolet Chevette, the Ford Escort, and the Mercury Lynx became the first U.S. manufactured cars to record 30 miles-per-gallon of gas. 

1983: actor Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. 

1992: Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space when she served as a payload specialist aboard space shuttle Endeavour (Link)

1994: a stolen Cessna airplane crashed on the South Lawn of the White House, killing the pilot.  

2000: Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first First Lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary. 

2003: the “Man In Black,” country music legend Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes.  He was 71.  Cash’s death came just four months after the death of his wife June Carter Cash.  Recording more than 15 hundred songs in his lifetime, Cash’s career spanned five decades and garnered almost every honor imaginable, including nine Grammy Awards and  inductions into both the Country and Rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame.  He is considered one of the most influential performers in the history of American music. 

2011: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City opens to the public (Link)


Art Discovery (Taken from Link

On Sept. 12, 1940, four teenagers accidentally discovered a collection of prehistoric paintings in the Lascaux cave system, near Montignac, France. The Lascaux cave paintings depict large game animals, many of which are now extinct—aurochs, horses, rhinos, Megaloceros (giant deer), and cave hyenas.


The television western drama, “Bonanza,” debuted on NBC on this date in 1959.  It was the first western to be broadcast in color. (Taken from Link

Prior to the premiere of Bonanza in 1959, color television was an expensive novelty.  The basic theory to produce color television had been around since the late 1920s, but it was not until the 1950s that the technology reached a level of functionality that enabled it to be commercially sold.  Even then, the American public still needed to be convinced that these newfangled expensive televisions were worth the money. 

Bonanza was truly the beginning of viewing color television as a household standard rather than a novelty.  NBC began to identify itself as “The Full Color Network” and added additional color programming.  The popularity of Bonanza’s vivid colors demonstrated to the networks that the American public was ready to embrace available color technology as a television standard.


Ambrosial    [am-BROH-zhuhl]


1. Exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant.

“The dinner made last night was quite ambrosial”


The Apostle John saw the throne of God

“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created”  (Rev 4:2-11).

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