Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The 149 day of the year–216 days left to go 

THIS WEEK IS

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

TODAY IS

  • The 22nd Wednesday of 2019
  • 71st day of spring–24 days until summer
  • National Paperclip Day* (Link)
  • National Biscuit Day* (Link)
  • Learn About Composting Day* (Link)
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers* (Link)
  • Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day* 
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day (Link)
  • World Otter Day (Link)


ON THIS DATE…

1453: Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captures Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire (read more).


1848: Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.

1910: a race was held that pitted a plane against a train in a race from Albany, New York to New York City. The plane, and pilot Glenn Curtiss, won ten-thousand-dollar for the first place finish (Link). 


1912: the editor of the Ladies Home Journal, Mr. Edward Bok, fired 15 women when he caught them dancing the Turkey Trot during their lunch hour (Read more)

1917: John F. Kennedy was born. 

1942: Bing Crosby recorded the Christmas classic, “White Christmas.” It became the biggest selling single of all time.1942: the film “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney premiered at a war-bonds benefit in New York. 

1951: C. F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in a single engine plane (read more).

1953: Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norkay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit. 

1956: “The Martha Raye Show” last aired on NBC-TV. 

1956: the film “Trapeze,” starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, premiered. 

1957: the film “Gunfight at OK Corral,” starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, opened in theaters nationwide (read more). 

1961: food Stamps were first issued in the US. 

1962: Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major-league baseball.  He accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. O’Neil had previously been a scout with the Cubs organization.


1963: the film “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Melvyn Douglas and Brandon de Wilde, premiered. 

1963: the first James Bond flick, “Dr. No,” starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premiered. 

1965: Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, California. 

1974: President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts. 

1974: “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” last aired on CBS-TV (Read more). 


1975: fans rioted when the Osmonds appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium. 

1978: the price of postage stamps was raised from 13 cents to 15 cents. 

1982: “The Incredible Hulk” last aired on CBS-TV (read more). 

1982: Survivor releases the single “Eye of the Tiger.” The song, written at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” for “Rocky III,” eventually topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

1987: a jury in Los Angeles found director John Landis and four associates innocent of indecent manslaughter in regards to the deaths of Vic Morrow and two children during the filming of the movie “Twilight Zone.” 

1989: Elvis Presley became a grandfather posthumously when his daughter Lisa Marie gave birth to a daughter named Danielle. 

1992: the film “Sister Act,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, opened in theaters nationwide (see trailer). 


1998: supermodel Cindy Crawford married bar owner Rande Gerber in a ceremony on a beach in the Bahamas. 

1999: the space shuttle “Discovery” completed the first-ever docking with the international space station. 

2000: the space shuttle “Atlantis” returned from a repair mission to the international space station. 

2003: Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday (bio). 

2004: The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

2005: Dan Whedon and his number-26 Andretti Racing Honda took the win in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Rookie race car drive Danica Patrick finished fourth to become the first woman to lead a lap at the Indy 500. 

2009: The Walt Disney/Pixar animated movie “Up” premieres in theaters


2009: Jay Leno hosted what was widely touted as his final episode of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” after a 17-year run.  His final guest was his “Tonight Show” successor Conan O’Brien and musical guest James Taylor.  Leno later would return to the “Tonight Show,” bumping Conan from the series after just seven months. 

2015: One World Observatory at One World Trade Center opens.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


White Christmas (Source)

This 8 line song that paints a picture of holiday nostalgia was written by Irving Berlin. It was originally about a New Yorker stranded in sunny California during Christmas. Bing recorded it for the movie Holiday Inn with the Kim Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra on May 29, 1942 in 18 minutes (Crosby starred in the movie with Fred Astaire). Bing’s record producer Jack Kapp thought that original opening verse about the sun, the palm trees in Beverly Hills and it being December the 24th would be meaningless outside of the film and persuaded Bing not to release it, and he never did. The song went on to win the Best Song Academy Award of 1942.



QUICK TRIVIA 


Benefits of Composting (Source)

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
  • Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
  • Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
  • Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air. See Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation and Pollution Prevention.
  • Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable. See Analysis of Composting as an Environmental Remediation Technology
  • Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
  • Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.


WORD OF THE DAY 

Tacit

(tās’ĭt) adj

Not spoken, implied by or inferred from actions or statements 


“The proud father showed gave tacit approval with a smile and wink”

INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT

Jeremiah was told not to get married.

“You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters born in this place” (Jeremiah 16:2).

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