Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The 254 day of the year–111 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 Wednesday of 2019
  • 82nd day of summer–12 days until fall
  • Patriot Day* (Link)
  • National Hot Cross Bun Day* (Link)

ON THIS DATE…


1789: President George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton the first Secretary of the Treasury. 


1936: President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam.  


1941: President Franklin Roosevelt ordered an immediate attack on any German or Italian vessels operating in U.S. defensive waters. 

1952: Dr. Charles Hufnagel became the first to replace a diseased aorta with an artificial one made of plastic. 


1954: Lee Ann Meriwether won the first, televised, Miss America pageant.  The event was broadcast on ABC Television. 


1959: Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of food stamps. 

1967: “The Carol Burnett Show” aired for the first time on CBS Television.  The popular program stayed on the air for eleven years. 




1970: “Get Smart” aired for the final time on CBS Television (see opening




1971: former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at the age 77.  



1974: “Little House on the Prairie” premiered on NBC Television (see opening)




1999: tennis player Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women’s title, beating top seeded Martina Hingis.  

2001: terror struck the United States.  In what has been called the worst attack on U.S. soil (See History Spotlight).

2005: Roger Federer downed seventh-seeded Andre Agassi in four sets to claim his second-straight U.S. Open title.   The 24-year-old Swiss tennis star also earned his sixth Grand Slam crown and became the first man in the modern era to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in back-to-back years. 

2006: memorials were held all around the country in observance of the fifth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.  At Ground Zero in New York City, there were two Moments of Silence marking the times when the hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Center towers, followed by the reading of the victims names.  Similar ceremonies were held at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  About three thousand people died as a result of the events of 9-11. 


2009:  NBA legend Michael Jordan headlined the Class of 2009 inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday.  Fellow former players David Robinson and John Stockton, NBA coach Jerry Sloan and women’s college coach C. Vivian Stringer were also enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Jordan is a six-time NBA champion and five-time league MVP.  

2012: Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was among four Americans killed when gunmen set fire to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Protestors outside the consulate voiced outrage to the amateur video “Innocence of Muslims,” which mocked the Muslim prophet Mohammed. 




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


Attack on America (Taken from Link)


At 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.


Sept 11 timeline:



***NOTE all times are Eastern.*** 

  • 8:46 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 11 headed from Boston’s Logan Airport to Los Angeles with 81 passengers and 11 crews crashes into One World Trade Center (North Tower). 
  • 9:03 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 175 headed from Boston’s Logan Airport to Los Angeles with 56 passengers and nine crew crashes into Two World Trade Center (South Tower). 
  • 9:30 a.m. – Speaking to the nation from Sarasota, Florida, President Bush says that there had been a “national tragedy.” 
  • 9:40 a.m. – The Federal Aviation Administration halts all flight operations at U.S. airports. 
  • 9:43 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 77 headed from Washington’s Dulles International to Los Angeles with 58 passengers and six crew crashes into Pentagon. 
  • 9:45 a.m. – White House is evacuated. 
  • 10:05 a.m. – Two World Trade Center (South Tower) collapses, sending a massive cloud of dust and ash over southern Manhattan. 
  • 10:10 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 93 headed from Newark to San Francisco with 38 passengers and seven crew crashes into field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 
  • 10:10 a.m. – A section of the Pentagon collapses. 
  • 10:28 a.m. – One World Trade Center (North Tower) collapses. 
  • 10:45 a.m. – All federal office buildings in Washington, DC are evacuated. 
  • 12:15 p.m. – U.S. checkpoints along the border with Mexico and Canada are placed on their highest state of alert. 
  • 1:04 p.m. – Addressing the nation from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, President Bush said the U.S. would, quote, “hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.” 
  • 1:27 p.m. – The city of Washington, DC declares a state of emergency. 
  • 1:44 p.m. – The Pentagon sends the aircraft carriers USS George Washington and USS John F. Kennedy to the New York coast. 
  • 2:30 p.m. – The FAA says there will be no commercial air traffic until at least noon on Wednesday (Sept. 12). 
  • 4:25 p.m. – All major U.S. financial markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, announce they will be closed on Wednesday (Sept. 12). 
  • 5:20 p.m. – A 47-story building in the World Trade Center complex damaged from the initial attack collapses. 
  • 6:40 p.m. – Speaking at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the building is operational and it will be, quote, “in business tomorrow.” 
  • 6:54 p.m. – President Bush arrives back at the White House. 
  • 8:30 p.m. – Addressing the nation, President Bush says, quote, “thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil.”  He added, quote, “these acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” 


QUICK TRIVIA


The Carol Burnett Show” aired for the first time on CBS on this date in 1967 (Taken from Link


Starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway, the show originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967, to March 29, 1978, for 278 episodes. 

The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002 and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.”




WORD FOR THE DAY


Verbose

[ver-bohs] adjective 


characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy


“The husband was in the wrong when he asked his wife to get to the point as he felt she was somewhat verbose”




INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The book of Genesis and the book of John open up with the same 3 words.


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). 


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). 

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