Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Thursday, September 5, 2019

The 248 day of the year–117 days left to go 


  • National Payroll Week (Link)
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Week (Link)
  • National Waffle Week
  • National Payroll Week (Link)


  • 36th Thursday of 2019
  • 76th day of summer–18 days until fall 
  • Be Late For Something Day*
  • International Day of Charity* (Link)
  • Jury Rights Day* (Link)
  • National Cheese Pizza Day (Link


3114 B.C.: From this day was reckoned the Mayan Long Count end-of-the-world date: December 21, 2012.

1774: First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia. Delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and elected Virginian Peyton Randolph as the first president of Congress.

1836: Sam Houston elected president of the Republic of Texas.

1847: The infamous Jesse James was born (link)

1877: Sioux Indian Chief Crazy Horse died at the age of 27. 

1882: the first Labor Day holiday parade was held in New York City. 

1935: Gene Autry’s first western Feature, “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” was released. 

1948: “The Music Man” opened in theaters across the U.S. 

1956: Johnny Cash’s debut song, I Walk the Line,” hit the music charts. (Live from San Quentin–Link)

1958: “Doctor Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak, was published in the U.S.

1960: Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay would later change his name to Muhammad Ali and become one of the great boxing champions in the world. In 1996, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, Muhammad Ali was given the honor of lighting the Olympic flame.

1972: PLO terrorists entered the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, and killed eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team. 

1973: White House aide John Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy were indicted for stealing Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatric records. 

1975: Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” was first published on this date. 

1975: President Gerald Ford escaped an assassination attempt carried out by Charles Manson disciple Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. 

1978: the Camp David Summit peace conference began with President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. 

1983: “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” became the first hour-long network news program.

1984: real estate magnate Mort Zuckerman purchased the magazine “U.S. News and World Report” for 163-million dollars. 

1987: “American Bandstand” aired for the final time on ABC Television (Link). 

1989: Deborah Norville joined NBC’s “Today” show as a co-host. 

1990: legendary blues guitarist B-B King was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk-of-Fame. 

1991: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was dissolved. 

1991: actor John Travolta married actress Kelly Preston. 

1995: the jury hearing the OJ Simpson trial heard tapes in which Police Detective Mark Fuhrman uttered racist slurs. 

1997: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87. Known as “The Saint of the Gutters,” she founded the Missionaries of the Charity. 

1999: “Candid Camera” creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, California.  He was 84. 

2001: Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived at the White House as the first state visitor of the Bush presidency. 

2004: punishing winds, storm surges and torrential rains rocked parts of Florida as Hurricane Frances blew through the region. 


2005: Jerry Rice, one of the best receivers in NFL history, announced his retirement.  The 42-year-old Rice played most of his 20 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, winning three Super Bowls.  At the time of his retirement he held almost every league record for wide receivers. 

2006: Rosie O’Donnell began her first day as co-host of the ABC chatfest “The View,” joining Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselback.  O’Donnell was hired to replace Meredith Vieira who vacated the spot to co-anchor NBC’s “Today” show. 

2006: former NBC “Today” show anchor Katie Couric anchored her first “CBS Evening News” broadcast, becoming the first female solo anchor of a major evening network television newscast.  Following a voiceover introduction from news legend Walter Cronkite, Couric made her debut at 6:30 Eastern Time introducing a list of stories on the newscast. 

2012: U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick ended his professional tennis career losing four sets to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.  Just days earlier, Roddick announced on his 30th birthday that he was retiring and that the U.S. Open would be his final tournament.  

2012: former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered a speech on the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, encouraging delegates to re-elect President Barack Obama.  The historic speech marked the first time that a former president from any party had nominated a candidate at a convention. 


Samuel Houston (Taken from Link

Statesman Samuel Houston was a key political figure in the creation of the state of Texas. He was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas on this day in 1836.


A recent survey found 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is “consistently late,” especially when it comes to work (Taken from Link


inculcate \in-KUHL-kayt; IN-kuhl-kayt\, 

transitive verb:

To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.

“It is difficult to inculcate math to young children in the morning while they are still sleepy!”


Jesus made a whip out of cords to drive the money changers out of the temple

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me” (John 2:13-17).

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