Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The 253 day of the year–112 days left in the year

THIS WEEK IS 

  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week 
  • International Housekeepers Week (Link)  
  • National Assisted Living Week (Link)
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Link)
  • Line Dance Week (Link)
  • Suicide Prevention Week (Link)

TODAY IS

  • 37th Tuesday of 2019
  • 81st day of summer–13 days until fall
  • Swap Ideas Day* (Link)
  • (World) Suicide Prevention Day* (Link)
  • Ants on a Log Day (Link)
  • National TV Dinner Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

1608: John Smith was elected council president of the Jamestown colony in what is now Virginia (read more). 



1813: United States naval officer Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet of nine ships to victory over six British warships during the War of 1812.  It was the first defeat of a British naval squadron by the U.S. 

1913: the first paved coast-to-coast highway in America — the Lincoln Highway — opened.


1935: “Popeye” was heard for the first time on NBC Radio (Read more). 



1940: Britain’s Buckingham Palace was hit by a German bomb. 

1953: Swanson sold the first TV dinner. 


1955: “Gunsmoke” debuted on CBS Television.  The show starred James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon (Show Opener). 


1955: Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is … Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day (Song)

1961: New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle hit his 400th home run. 

1962: Rod Laver won the Grand Slam of tennis. 

1963: twenty-three African-American students entered public schools in Tuskegee, Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama.  One week earlier, Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounded the schools with state troopers in an attempt to block integration (read more). 


1965: “The Jack Benny Program” aired for the final time on NBC Television. 


1966: futuristic talk show host, cartoon character, Space Ghost appears for the first time in a series of eight-minute Hanna-Barbera cartoons. 



1970: the second run of “Dragnet” last aired on NBC. 

1972: Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers announced his retirement from the National Football League (Link). 

1974: St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock tied and broke Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record with number 104 and 105.  Brock went on to a career total of 938 stolen bases. 


1975: “Starsky and Hutch” debuted on ABC Television (Show Open). 


1988: Guns N’ Roses topped the pop music charts with “Sweet Child O’Mine” (Song). 


1990: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” starring Will Smith debuted on NBC (See opening)


1991: the Senate Judiciary Committee opened their hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

1992: a federal jury in Minneapolis rejected pro football’s limited free agency system. 

1993: “The X-Files” debuted on the Fox network. 

1993: “Late Night With David Letterman” last aired on NBC. 

1995: NBC’s “ER” won eight Emmy Awards. 

1996: discount retail giant Wal-Mart made a decision not to sell Sheryl Crow’s upcoming new album because one song included a reference about kids buying guns at the store.  A-and-M Records called the move “censorship.” 


1998: “Seinfeld” made its final network showing on NBC (Link). 


1998: President Bill Clinton met with members of his staff to apologize, ask for forgiveness and improve as a person in the wake of the scandal involving a former White House intern. 

1999: thirty years after the Supreme Court implemented busing as a means of achieving racial balance in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina, a federal judge ruled to end the busing practice. 

2002: Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, becomes a full member of the United Nations.

2008: the Large Hadron Collider, nicknamed the “biggest science experiment in the world,” powered up in tunnels beneath Geneva, Switzerland (Link).



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


First Drunk Driving Arrest (Taken from Link


On this day in 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving after slamming his cab into a building. Smith later pled guilty and was fined 25 shillings.


In the United States, the first laws against operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol went into effect in New York in 1910




QUICK TRIVIA


The TV Dinner (Taken from Link


In 1954, Swanson TV Dinners fulfilled two post-war trends: the lure of time-saving modern appliances and the fascination with a growing innovation, the television. More than 10 million TV dinners were sold during the first year of Swanson’s national distribution. For $.98 per dinner, customers were able to choose among Salisbury steak, meatloaf, fried chicken, or turkey, served with potatoes and bright green peas; special desserts were added later.




WORD FOR THE DAY


Approbation

–noun ap-pro-ba-tion


1. approval; commendation. 

2. official approval or sanction. 


“She received the approbation from her husband to go shopping with his credit card”  🙂





INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 


For years, the Bible has been the world’s best-selling book. It is also the world’s most shoplifted book. (Link

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