Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The 148 day of the year–217 days left to go 


  • National African Violet Week (read more)
  • Black Single Parents Week 
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee (Tues-Thurs, Link)


  • The 22 Tuesday of 2019
  • 70th day of spring–25 days until summer
  • National Brisket Day* (Link)
  • Sierra Club Day* (Link)
  • Slugs Return From Capistrano Day
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day* (Link)
  • National Hamburger Day* (Link)


585: BC – A solar eclipse, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, occurs (See History Spotlight) 

1665: the first Baptist Church was organized in Boston, Massachusetts. 

1830: Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, beginning the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in what became known as the Trail of Tears (read more)

1863: the first black regiment from the North, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, left Boston to fight in the Civil War (read more). 

1892: The Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco. 

1897: Jell-O was first introduced (See Quick Trivia below).  

1915: John Gruelle applied for a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll.

1923: The U.S. Attorney General determined that it was legal for women to wear trousers (read more).

1952: The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

1953: the first three-dimensional cartoon premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California.  The Walt Disney creation was titled “Melody.” 

1959: monkeys Able and Baker safely returned to earth following a trip into space.  They became the first animals retrieved from a space mission (Link). 

1961: Amnesty International was founded. 

1966: Percy Sledge topped the charts with the song “When a Man Loves a Woman” (Listen

1982: the “Orient Express” went back into service.  The train transports people across the European continent. 

1985: Gary Mullins of Seattle, Washington, founded the Old Cola Drinkers of America.  The group’s main goal was to bring back the original Coca-Cola formula. 

1987: 19-year-old German pilot, Mathias Rust, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after moving undetected through Soviet air defense systems.  The stunt resulted in the Soviet Defense Minister and his assistant being fired.  Rust was sentenced to four years hard labor, but was released after eleven months (read more). 

2001: President Bush honored America’s veterans with the Memorial Day signing of legislation to construct a World War II monument on the National Mall.  

2001: CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” became the first daytime drama to offer a Spanish-language audio feed. 

2002: The last steel girder is removed from the original World Trade Center site. Cleanup duties officially end with closing ceremonies at Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York City.


Jell-O (Source

HELLO “There’s Always Room for Jell-O.” This is the campaign slogan of a simple gelatin dessert that today is known as “America’s Most Famous Dessert.”

In 1845, Peter Cooper dabbled with and patented a product which was “set” with gelatin. Suffice it to say, it never did “jell” with the American public. In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. He tried to market his product but he lacked the capital and the experience. In 1899 he sold his formula to a fellow townsman for the sum of $450.

The buyer already had some success in manufacturing and selling. He was one of the best known manufacturers of proprietary medicines. Orator Frank Woodward was born in North Bergen in 1856 and moved with his family to LeRoy in 1860. Life was not easy for the boy, but no job was too menial for him, because in his mind every opportunity was a step toward his goal. By 1876 he was making composition balls used by marksmen for target shooting. Then he engaged in the manufacture of a composition nest egg with “miraculous power to kill lice on hens when hatching.” This became a widely known and used product in the United States and Canada.

On September 9, 1899 he purchased the name and the business of Jell-O from Mr. Wait. The bill of sale bears the name of Everett W. Bishop as witness. Manufacturing was carried on under the supervision of Andrew Samuel Nico of Lyons, NY. Sales were slow and disheartening for the new product, but income from Grain-O remained steady. One day in a gloomy mood “O.F.” offered Sam Nico the whole blankety-blank business for $35. This story is vouchsafed by George McHardy. In 1900, the Jell-O name was first used by the Genesee Pure Food Company. The advertising campaign proved so successful that in 1902 Jell-O sales mounted to $250,000. Jell-O prospered and the consensus of the townspeople is carried in a colloquial expression heard in town – “Grain-O, Jell-O, and Nico.”


585 BC: A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales (Source  and Source)

According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, a total solar eclipse brought about an unexpected ceasefire between two warring nations, the Lydians and the Medes, who had been fighting for control of Anatolia for five years. During the Battle of Halys, also known as the Battle of the Eclipse, the sky suddenly turned dark as the sun disappeared behind the moon. Interpreting the inexplicable phenomenon as a sign that the gods wanted the conflict to end, the soldiers put down their weapons and negotiated a truce.


Fortuitous (fôr-tōō’ĭ-təs) adj

1) Happening by accident or chance.

2) Happening by a fortunate accident or chance. 

“What some believe may be a fortuitous meeting other see as divine orchestration”


Moses’ birth mother was hired to be his nurse

“Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” 8 “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:1-10)

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