Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The 219 day of the year–146 days left to go 


THIS WEEK IS

  • Assistance Dog Week (Link)
  • Exercise With Your Child Week
  • National Button Week (Link)
  • National Farmers’ Market Week
  • National Fraud Awareness Week (Link)
  • Single Working Women’s Week (Link)
  • Stop on Red Week (Link)


TODAY IS

  • 32 Wednesday of 2019
  • 47th day of summer–47 days left until fall
  • National Frozen Custard Day* (Link)
  • National Zucchini Bread Day*
  • International Beer Day
  • Lighthouse Day* (Link)
  • Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day*
  • Professional Speakers Day*
  • Purple Heart Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…

317: Constantius II, Son of Constantine the Great and Roman emperor from 337 to 361, is born. During his lifetime, he outlawed pagan sacrifice, but he was a devout Arian (a heresy his father had condemned at the Council of Nicea) and strongly opposed Athanasius.

1771: Francis Asbury answers John Wesley’s call for volunteers to go to America as missionaries; he would become the father of American Methodism



1782: George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.

1789: The United States War Department is established.


1794:  The Whiskey Rebellion took place, a fight over excise taxes imposed on whiskey-making (Read more).


1807: The first serviceable steamboat, the Clermont (called by some “Fulton’s Folly,” made its first journey, traveling from New York City to Albany.


1906: Patent #828,227 was issued for the chicken treadmill, a device designed to keep chickens in good physical condition by forcing them to exercise while eating.


1959: The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design, and was minted until 2008. (Read more)


1963: The first beach movie starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello opened nationwide. “Beach Party” also starred Morey Amsterdam, Bob Cummings, and Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Ten other films in the beach series followed in the next three years.

1964: Congress overwhelmingly passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed the President to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.

1970: A 4-year-old Burmese cat named Tarawood in Church Westcote, England, gave birth to 19 kittens, history’s largest kitty litter. Fifteen survived.


1974: French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.



1985: Atlanta’s Ted Turner paid $1.5-billion for MGM, including all the Tom & Jerry cartoons.

1993: In Twinsburg, Ohio, identical twins Phil and Doug Malm married identical twins Jill and Jena Lassen in front of twin ministers with 1,500 sets of twins witnessing the ceremony. It was Twins Day.

1993: Police arrested a 33-year-old female robbery fugitive in a Tulsa movie theater. She was watching “The Fugitive.”

1997: Police in Lille, France, warned that the Garden Gnomes Liberation Front had made off with a dozen garden dwarfs in the past week. The 7-member group of night-time commandos, who idolized Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, left notes vowing to “liberate” all Dwarfs from lawns, gardens, and flower beds. Earlier in the year the GGLF had liberated 30 gnomes in Normandy.


1997 – Garth Brooks played to a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 900,000 — with an HBO audience of more than 15 million. The crowd at the free concert, was the largest ever for a concert in New York’s Central Park. Said Garth of the preparations required, “We rehearse indoors at a place here in New York. Then we rehearse with no sound for the camera guys, so they will hopefully be in the vicinity of what’s going on. And then the rest of it’s really, man, just fly by the seat of your pants. You know, once the show starts, all the rules are out the window.”

1999: Three-year-old Alessandra Scalise of Rochester, New York, received her first credit card with a $5,000 credit limit. Her mother said she returned the pre-approved application as a joke.

2000: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman to be the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket.


2005: Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News ‘World News Tonight,’ who had been fighting lung cancer, died at his New York home at age 67

2007: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


First photograph of Earth (Taken from Link)


From the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the U.S. unmanned spacecraft Explorer 6 is launched into an orbit around the earth. The spacecraft, commonly known as the “Paddlewheel” satellite, featured a photocell scanner that transmitted a crude picture of the earth’s surface and cloud cover from a distance of 17,000 miles. The photo, received in Hawaii, took nearly 40 minutes to transmit.


Released by NASA in September, the first photograph ever taken of the earth by a U.S. satellite depicted a crescent shape of part of the planet in sunlight. It was Mexico, captured by Explorer 6 as it raced westward over the earth at speeds in excess of 20,000 miles an hour.



QUICK TRIVIA


The Purple Heart (Taken from Link


Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. 



WORD OF THE DAY


Hiatus 

hi·a·tus [hahy-ey-tuhs]

a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.


“DeAnn was tired from all of her hard labor and needed a brief hiatus” 




INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 


The word “smile” is found only 3 times in the Bible. Each time, it’s in the book of Job. 


Job 9:27… “If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile'”


Job 10:3…”Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?”


Job 29:24…”When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.”

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