Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The 162 day of the year–203 days left to go 


  • Greencare for Troops Week
  • National Flag Week
  • Men’s Health Week (Link)
  • National Right of Way Professionals Week (Link)
  • National Automotive Service Professionals Week (Link)


  • 24th Tuesday of 2019
  • 84 day of spring–11 days left until summer
  • Corn on the Cob Day* (Link)
  • National Cotton Candy Day* (Link)
  • National German Chocolate Cake Day* (Link)
  • Call Your Doctor Day (Link)


323 BCE: Death of Alexander the Great (read more)

1509: England’s King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon, the first of his six wives. (read more)

1770: British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef (read more).

1742: Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design (read more).

1775: The American Revolutionary War’s first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.

1776: The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence (read more).

1793: The first patent for a stove was issued, to Robert Haeterick.

1825: The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City (Read more).

1927: Charles Lindbergh received the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded (read more).

1935: Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.

1936: the Presbyterian Church of America was formed. 

1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.

1955: In auto racing’s worst moment, Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes flew into the crowd and exploded at the Le Mans Grand Prix. Including Levegh, 82 died and 100 others were injured (read more).

1972: Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.

1976: Wild Cherry released “Play That Funky Music” (Song)

1978: the movie “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, opened in theaters across the country (Trailer). 

1979: Actor John Wayne died at age 72 after a 15-year battle with cancer (bio)

1981: In a dispute over free-agent compensation, players called the first mid-season strike in pro baseball history. It ended June 30 after 706 games were cancelled.

1982: Director Steven Spielberg introduced his classic science-fiction film, “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial.” (See History Spotlight)

1990: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched his 6th career no-hitter.

1992: Major-league baseball approved the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a Japanese group headed by the president of Nintendo.

1993: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premiered (Trailer).

1996: Garth Brooks set a country music Fan Fair record by signing autographs in Nashville for 23 hours straight.

2001: A pet shop owner in Hoogeveen, Netherlands, installed a vending machine to sell live maggots. The crawling creatures quickly became popular bait with local fishermen.

2002: Rock star Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle.

2002: “American Idol” premiered on the Fox Network. The talent show was based on a similar British program (read more).

2004: The nation said goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a televised funeral service in Washington, D.C., followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in California (read more).

2005: The world’s richest countries agreed to a debt relief deal for the poorest nations, writing off $40 billion in debt.

2018: 3 World Trade Center officially opens.


“E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial”  (Source)

The movie was the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide until Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released. Adjusted for inflation today, it’s still the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. Steven Spielberg’s original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.

E.T.’s voice was provided by Pat Welsh, an elderly woman who lived in Marin County, California. Welsh smoked two packets of cigarettes a day, which gave her voice a quality that sound effects creator Ben Burtt liked. She spent nine-and-a-half hours recording her part, and was paid $380 by Burtt for her services. Burtt also recorded 16 other people and various animals to create E.T.’s “voice”. These included Spielberg; Debra Winger; Burtt’s sleeping wife, who had a cold; a burp from his USC film professor; as well as raccoons, sea otters and horses. 


Kamehameha Day (Source

Every June 11th, thousands of people gather on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii to honor Kamehameha I, the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795.

Kamehameha Day is recognized as a state holiday throughout Hawai’i, but North Kohala is a very special place to celebrate.  Kamehameha I was born in North Kohala, where residents played a prominent role in saving his life as an infant



noun, plural -gies. 

1. the derivation of a word. 

2. an account of the history of a particular word or element of a word. 

3. the study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words. 

“Wayne really loved the study of etymology, until he researched his name”


Although Jesus was called “the carpenter’s son, only in Mark’s gospel do we find that Jesus was called a carpenter.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? (Mark 6:3).

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