Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The 155 day of the year–210 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • International Clothesline Week
  • Bed Bug Awareness Week (Link
  • National Headache Awareness Week (Link
  • National Sun Safety Week (Link)
  • National Lemon aid Days* (Link)
  • Rip Current Awareness Week (Link)
  • End Mountain Top Removal Week (Link)
  • Pet Appreciation Week

TODAY IS

  • 23 Tuesday of 2019
  • 77th day of spring–18 days until summer
  • Audacity To Hope Day* (Link)
  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression* (Link)
  • Old Maid’s Day* (Link
  • National Cheese Day* (Link)
  • National Cognac Day* (Link)
  • National Safe Day* (Link)
  • Hug Your Cat Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1783: France’s Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon.  She spent 45 minutes in the air. 

1892: the Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco (Link). 

1896: Henry Ford took a test drive in his “Quadricycle,” his first automobile design (Read more). 


1912: Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.

1924: an eternal light was dedicated at New York’s Madison Square Garden in honor of the soldiers who died in World War One. 

1929: George Eastman demonstrated the first technicolor movie in New York. 

1937: one of the first grocery store shopping carts was introduced.  Sylvan Goldman, the owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is credited with its invention (read more). 


1962: legendary sportscaster Clem McCarthy died (read more). 

1962: The Beatles signed a recording deal with EMI Parlophone. 

1964: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax pitched his third career no-hitter. 

1974: The Cleveland Indians hold the promotion “Ten Cent Beer Night” during a game against the Texas Rangers at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. With the game tied 5-5 in the ninth inning, it ended up being forfeited by the Indians after drunken and unruly fans sparked a riot that spilled out onto the field.

1984: golfer Arnold Palmer missed the cut at the U.S. Open for the first time in 32 years.

1984: Bruce Springsteen releases his “Born in the U.S.A.” album. It was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States and spent a total of seven weeks on top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. (song)

1986: Jonathan Pollard, a former Navy Intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty to spying for Israel.  He is currently serving a life sentence in prison. 

1989: The Tiananmen Square protests come to a violent end in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army. Troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted thousands of casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance on the square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks.

2003: in the wake of the “New York Times” scandal involving rogue reporter Jayson Blair, the paper’s executive editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd resigned.  Blair was found to have fabricated or plagiarized dozens of stories during his time at the paper. 

2004: the third “Harry Potter” film, “The Prisoner of Azkaban” opened in theaters nationwide. (Trailer)


2007: Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson was indicted on 16 counts related to bribery, fraud and conspiracy.  Prosecutors say Jefferson used his position and influence to promote the sale of telecommunications equipment to a Nigerian company in return for stock and cash payments.  

2008: the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins to hoisted the NHL’s Stanley Cup for the fourth time in eleven years.  The final score was 3-2 with the Red Wings closing out the series 4-2. 

2010: Falcon 9 Flight 1 is the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 (read more). 

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

1812: The Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory (Source)

On this day in 1812, Missouri became a Territory.  William Clark was the first governor of the new Missouri Territory.  By 1818 Missouri had 60,000 residents living in the Missouri Territory which allowed them to apply for statehood; however, being a slave state Missouri was rejected for statehood.  In 1820, Henry Clay came up with the Missouri Compromise which allowed Missouri to become a slave state if Maine would join the Union as a free state.  A compromise was made and on August 10, 1821 Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.

QUICK TRIVIA 

Cats in Egypt (Source

In Egypt, cats were closely connected to a number of gods and goddesses. As a primarily agrarian society, the ancient Egyptians had a distinct problem with mice, rats and snakes all of whom threatened the grain stores. It is thought that the ancient Egyptians learned that wild cats preyed on these scavengers and so began to leave out food (such as fish heads) to tempt the cats to visit them regularly. This suited the cats perfectly as being close to human settlements not only provided them with a ready supply of food (the vermin and the food left by humans) but also helped them to avoid larger predators. As this symbiotic relationship developed cats were welcomed indoors and eventually consented to move in with their human friends and rear their kittens in the safety of the home.

WORD OF THE DAY 

Acquiesce (āk’wē-ěs’) verb

To consent or comply passively or without protest.

“When the youth minister reminded his group not to stand on the pews they responded with respectful acquiesce”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

The early church prayed for Peter’s release and when he was they didn’t believe it!

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.” When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the brothers about this,” he said, and then he left for another place” (Acts 12:5-17).

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