Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 246 day of the year–119 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • National Payroll Week (Link)
  • National Nutrition Week
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Week (Link)
  • National Waffle Week
  • National Payroll Week (Link)

TODAY IS

  • 36th Tuesday of 2019
  • 74th day of summer–20 days until fall
  • Another Look Unlimited Day
  • National Skyscraper Day* (Link)
  • Telephone Tuesday (always Tuesday after Labor Day) 
  • Penny Press Day* (Link)
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day* (Link)
  • National Baby Back Ribs Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…


1189: Richard I (Richard the Lion-Heart) was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey (Link).



1609: Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.

1777: The flag Stars and Stripes was flown in battle for the first time at Cooch’s Bridge, Maryland during the Revolutionary War.

1783: the Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by Great Britain and the United States (Link). 


1838: Frederick Douglass escaped slavery. He became an abolitionist, orator, writer, and diplomat (Link).



1895: The first professional football game was played — in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. Since 1967, St. Vincent College in Latrobe has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.

1928: Detroit Tigers baseball legend Ty Cobb collected hit number four-thousand-191.  It turned out to be the final hit of his Hall-of-Fame career. 


1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour.  He reached a speed of more than 304 miles an hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah (Link). 


1939: Britain and France declared war on Germany.  The declaration came just two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. 

1942: Frank Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to begin his solo singing career. 

1951: the daytime serial “Search for Tomorrow” debuted on CBS Television.  

1954: “The Lone Ranger” aired for the final time on ABC Radio.  The program had been on the air for 21 years (Link). 


1967: “What’s My Line” aired for the final time on CBS Television.  The show had been on the air for 17 years. 

1967: Sweden switched from driving on the left- to the right-hand side of the road (Link).

1970: legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57.  The Pro Football Hall-of-Famer led the Packers to five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles. 

1970: the largest hailstone landed in Kansas.  The object measured 17-and-a-half inches in diameter. 


1971: The Lawrence Welk Show was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. ABC felt the show attracted “too old an audience … not good for attracting advertisers.” Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, Calcutta, in 1960 (Calcutta).


1973: the comic strip “Heathcliff” made its debut. 


1992: Prince became the highest paid rock star when he signed a 100-million-dollar deal with Warner Brothers Records at ten-million-dollars an album, surpassing Michael Jackson and Madonna. 

1999: a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist.  The judge concluded  the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.  


2006: playing with an injured back in his last pro tournament, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi was eliminated from the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.  Agassi lost to Germany’s Benjamin Becker in the third round of the tournament.  He held back tears as the crowd gave him a long standing ovation. 


2008: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin formally accepted the nomination for Republican vice presidential candidate on the third night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In doing so, Palin became the Republican Party’s first female vice presidential nominee.  

2009: a private funeral for Michael Jackson was held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.  Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Berry Gordy were among the mourners who joined the Jackson family in saying a final farewell to the King of Pop.  Jackson was interred at the elaborate Renaissance-style Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum.  The funeral came more than two months after Jackson’s sudden death on June 25th, 2009. 

2009: The 7.6 Mw  Sumatra earthquake leaves 1,115 people dead.

2016: Two paintings with a combined value of $100 million are recovered after having been stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


The flag is first displayed  (Taken from Link


The necessity of a national flag was felt, especially for the marine service, and the Continental Congress adopted the following resolution, June 14, 1777: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white, on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” There was a delay in displaying this flag. The resolution was not officially promulgated over the signature of the secretary of the Congress until September 3, though it was previously printed in the newspapers. This was more than a year after the colonies had been declared free and independent. 

QUICK TRIVIA

The Lone Ranger (Taken from Link

The Lone Ranger is an American radio and television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by Fran Striker.

The title character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Indian sidekick, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” as the horse galloped toward the setting sun.

The first episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC’s Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show’s last new episode on September 3, 1954). 





WORD OF THE DAY


pari passu  

[pah-ree pahs-soo; English pair-ahy pas-oo, pair-ee]  


Latin.

with equal pace or progress; side by side.

without partiality; equably; fairly


“Joey was not a runner like his father, so dad make sure that their pace was pari passu” 





INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 


The Bible records the names of several lawyers. 


“Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor”  (Acts 24:1).


“Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need” (Titus 3:13).

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