Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The 226 day of the year–139 days left to go 


  • National Motorcycle Week (Link)
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week (Link)
  • National Resurrect Romance Week (Link)
  • Weird Contest Week
  • US Amateur Golf Week (Link)


  • 33rd Wednesday of 2019
  • 54th day of summer–40 days until fall
  • National Navajo Code Talkers Day
  • World Calligraphy Day* (Link)
  • V-J Day* (See History Spotlight)
  • National Creamsicle Day* (Link)


1457: The first book ever printed was published by a German astrologer named Faust.

1848: Oregon Territory is organized by act of Congress (read more).

1873: the first issue of “Field and Stream” magazine was published (read more).

1880: Exactly 632 years after rebuilding began, the Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany, was completed … only to be damaged again during WWII. The largest Gothic style cathedral in Northern Europe was first built on the same site in 873 A.D., but was destroyed by fire in 1248. Rebuilding began on this day in 1248 (read more).

1848: Congress created the Oregon Territory, an area encompassing present-day Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and parts of western Montana and Wyoming (read more).

1885: Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

1888: Oliver B. Shallenberger of Rochester, PA received a patent (#388,003) for the electric meter. 

1893: France became the first country to introduce vehicle registration plates.

1923: the comic strip “Felix The Cat” debuted (Link). 

1933: The first episode of the daily radio soap opera Ma Perkins aired on WLW in Cincinnati starring 23-year-old Virginia Payne. The show moved to NBC four months later, and Payne was Ma Perkins for 27 years through 7,065 episodes.

1933: WLW in Cincinnati, OH premiered Ma Perkins. Just four months later, Ma moved to WMAQ Radio in Chicago and was heard over the entire NBC radio network. Virginia Payne was 23 years old when she started in the title role. Ma Perkins operated a lumberyard in Rushville Center. Her children were Evey, Fay and John (who was killed in the war). One of the other characters in the show was Shuffle Shober. Virginia Payne played Ma Perkins for 27 years — and 7,065 episodes.

1935: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a system of federal income insurance for the elderly (Link).

1936: The first basketball competition was held at the Olympic Games — in Berlin, Germany. The U.S. defeated Canada, 19-8.

1945: President Harry S Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies [WWII] (See History Spotlight). 

1953: The wiffle ball was created (See Quick Trivia). 

1958: In the first Canadian Football League game, Winnipeg defeated Edmonton 29 to 21.

1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London.
1979: Burglars broke into Jennie Martellis apartment in Niagara Falls, New York, and stole her kitchen sink. Nothing else was taken or damaged.

1982: Bill Neal became the first person to row a bathtub across the English Channel. In 13 hours and 29 minutes he paddled the 21 miles from Dover, England, to Cap Griz, France.

1987:  Mark McGwire set the record for home runs by a rookie, as he connected for his 39th round-tripper of the season. He got the homer off of 317-game winner Don Sutton of the California Angels. McGwire led the the Oakland Athletics to a 7-6 win — in 12 innings.

1991: The Agricultural Progress Exhibit in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania, introduced cow shoes, rubber shoes for cows with hoof injuries.

1992: A local health board in Massachusetts briefly closed a Chinese restaurant for the way it drained water from cabbage. They had placed the cabbages in laundry bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot and drove over them in a van.

1995: Shania Twain’s album The Woman In Me passed the double-platinum mark, two-million albums in six months. At last report, sales were well over 10-million.

1996: Tampa police captured a hatchet wielding bandit who robbed a service station when he ran out of gas about 20 miles from the station. He got $300, but he forgot to fill up.

1998:  The Avengers opened in U.S. theatres. Academy Award nominees Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman played John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel (the British agent and his clever partner). Based on the 1960s TV series, the movie version had Oscar-winner Sean Connery playing the “devilishly clever and completely evil” Sir August De Wynter. But all that talent didn’t pay off this time. The film cost $60 million to produce and earned only $25 million (at U.S. box offices). (Trailer)

1999: tickets for the Backstreet Boys North American tour sold out in just one day, generating an estimated 30-million-dollars.

2003: The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, said he would not remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building, defying a federal court order to remove the granite monument.

2005: more than 120 people were killed when the Greek airliner Cypriot crashed in a mountainous region north of Athens.  

2007: Mattel announced a massive recall of its toys that were manufactured in China.  Mattel said some of the toys had small magnets that had the potential to become dislodged and swallowed by small children.  Other recalled toys had dangerous lead paint.  It was the second major Mattel recall in a month.  Polly Pocket plays sets and Barbie and Tanner play sets were among the toys affected. 

2015: The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba re-opens after 54 years of being closed when Cuba–United States relations were broken off.


V-J Day (Taken from Link

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan’s capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.


Wiffle Ball (Taken from Link)

Baseball fans used to refer to strikes as “whiffs”. Since it was so easy to throw a cure ball with the new invention, creator, David Mullany named his creation the “wiffle ball”. 


mundify \MUHN-duh-fahy\, verb:

To purge or purify.

“Sandy made it her Saturday project to mundify all the old magazines she’d been storing in her closet.”


Today, how about a fun, Bible pun?

Where in the Bible does it say that man must make the coffee?

“He-Brews”!  🙂

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