Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The 218 day of the year–147 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

  • 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)


TODAY IS

  • 32nd Tuesday of 2019
  • 46th day of summer–48 days until fall
  • Hiroshima Day* (Link)
  • National Fresh Breath (Halitosis)  Day* (See Quick Trivia)
  • National Root Beer Float Day* (Link)
  • National Night Out* (Link)


ON THIS DATE…

1787: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention began debating the first complete draft of the proposed Constitution of the United States of America, in Philadelphia.


1806: The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated.

1889: The screw bottle top was patented by Dan Rylands of Hope Glass Works, Yorkshire.

1890: At Auburn Prison in New York, the first execution by electrocution in history was carried out against William Kemmler, who had been convicted of murdering his lover, Matilda Ziegler, with an axe.


1890: Cy Young pitched his first professional game, and won it (See History Spotlight).


1926: Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping (Link).



1926: Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by two hours.

1930: Gene “Half Pint” Rye hit three home runs in one inning for Waco in the Texas League.


1939: After becoming a success with Ben Bernie on network radio, Dinah Shore started her own show on the NBC Blue radio network. Dinah sang every Sunday evening. Dinah also had a successful TV career spanning over two decades (Link).


1960: Chubby Checker did “The Twist” on American TV for the first time, appearing on “American Bandstand.” (Link)




1964: Loretta and Mooney Lynn became parents to twin daughters: Patsy and Peggy.

1971, Scottish sailor Chay Blyth became the first person to sail westward around the world. (Link)

1973: Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in an auto accident, remaining in a coma for four days.


1980: On General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham’s department store.


1986: William J. Schroeder died after living 620 days with the Jarvik Seven artificial heart.

1989: The Boston Red Sox retired Carl Yastrezemski’s #8.

1992: Harold Russell, going against the wishes of the Motion Picture Academy, sold his Oscar statuette for $60,500 to pay for his wife’s eye surgery. He had won the award in 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives. It was the first Oscar to be sold.

1993: In Israel archeologist Dr. Avraham Biran announced discovery of a fragment of a monument bearing the first known reference outside the Bible to King David and the House of David. Scholars described the discovery as “phenomenal.”


1995: Czech President Vaclav Havel switched on a new $32-thousand lighting system for Prague Castle, paid for by the Rolling Stones. The Stones had performed for 120,000 at Prague’s Strahov Stadium the night before.

2000: NBC announced that rapper Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

2002: A young English couple, both 19, who thought they had planned a 3-week vacation in Sydney, Australia, with an online travel agent, landed instead in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The couple quickly decided to vacation in Canada and try the Australian trip another time.


2003: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to announce his successful bid to replace California Governor Gray Davis.


2004: Legendary funk-rocker Rick James died in Los Angeles at age 56.

2005: Cindy Sheehan, mother of soldier-son Casey slain in Iraq, gained national attention when she set up camp outside U.S. President George W. Bush`s Texas ranch, bitterly criticizing the war and demanding to see him. 

2012: NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars (Link).

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


Cy Young Taken from Link)


One of the most consistent and durable pitchers the game has ever known, Denton True Cy Young won 511 games — almost 100 more than any other pitcher in history. He won 30 games five times and topped 20 wins an astounding 15 times. In 1901, Young had his best season and became the fledgling American League’s first superstar, leading the Junior Circuit in wins, strikeouts and ERA. In 1903, he won two games in the first modern World Series to help Boston to the championship



QUICK TRIVIA

For fresh breath, scrape your tongue. The coating that normally forms on the tongue can host foul-smelling bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush. If it’s too big to comfortably reach the back of your tongue, try a tongue scraper. “They’re designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area, removing bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can’t remove,” says hygienist Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. (Taken from Link




WORD OF THE DAY


Garrulous 

\GAIR-uh-lus;   adjective: 

1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative. 

2. Wordy.


“The garrulous committee member was not known for holding his tongue” 




INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 


An Old Testament prophet was taught a lesson by a talking donkey. 


“Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat her again. Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff. Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown” (Numbers 22:24-31) .

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