Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The 247 day of the year–118 days left to go 


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


  • 36th Wednesday of 2019
  • 75th day of summer–19 days until fall
  • Newspaper Carrier Day* (Link)
  • National Wildlife Day* (Link)
  • National Macadamia Nut Day* (Link)


476: Emperor Romulus Augustus (461 – 476 AD) who ruled over the Western Roman Empire, was deposed by Odoacer, Germanic warlord (Link

1781: the city of Los Angeles was founded by 44 Spanish settlers. 

1807: Robert Fulton began operating his steamboat on the Hudson River. 

1833: ten-year-old Barney Flaherty of New York became the first paperboy.  He earned the job by answering an advertisement in the “New York Sun.” 

1882: Thomas Edison displayed the first practical electrical lighting system with a demonstration on one square mile of New York City. 

1886: the last major war between the United States and the Indians ended when Apache Chief Geronimo surrendered at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

1888: the name Kodak was registered to George Eastman of Rochester, New York.  Eastman also earned a patent for his hand-held roll-film camera.

1914: Babe Ruth hit his first home run (Link).  

1945: the U.S. regains possession of Wake Island from Japan.  

1950: Mort Walker’s comic strip “Beetle Bailey” first appeared in newspapers around the country (Link).  

1951: more than 14-million people saw President Harry S. Truman address the opening of the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco.  His speech became the first coast-to-coast television broadcast in history. 

1954: Elvis Presley made his debut at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. 

1959: In the wake of the stabbing deaths of two teenagers by another teen and similar acts of violence in New York City, WCBS banned all versions of the song “Mack The Knife.”  

1962: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison began recording together as The Beatles for the first time. 

1964: “Gilligan’s Island” debuted on CBS television.  

1965: The Beatles’ song “Help!” hit the number one spot on the pop music charts (Video of the song).

1966: the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon aired for the first time. 

1966: “Perry Mason” aired for the final time on CBS television.  The show starred Raymond Burr.  

1967: the final episode of “Gilligan’s Island” aired on CBS.  

1972: United States swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal.  He became the first American to do so. 

1993: actor Herve Villechaize died at the age of 50.  He is best known for playing the role of Tattoo on the television show “Fantasy Island.” (Shown open 1978

1998: Google entered the corporate world (Link). 
2008: Arizona Senator John McCain formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

2011: for the first time in more than 45 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon aired without longtime host, comic legend Jerry Lewis.  The MDA announced a month earlier that Lewis would not host the annual fundraiser for a final time as had been announced earlier in the year.  The six-hour telecast raised more than 61-million-dollars for the association.  


“Gilligan’s Island” debuted on CBS television on this day in 1964 and went off the air on this day in 1967. 

Gilligan’s Island Fun Facts! (Taken from Link

  • Jayne Mansfield turned down the role of “Ginger”; Carroll O’Connor tested for the role of The Skipper; Dabney Coleman tested for the role of The Professor. 
  • Raquel Welch auditioned for the role of Mary Anne. 
  • Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan. 
  • The first season had the cast using cups that were made from real coconuts. However, they found that the cups were porous and soaked through like they were sweating. Thus in the later seasons, the coconut cups were ceramic replicas. 
  • Natalie Schafer’s contract stipulated that there be no close-ups of her in the show. The reason was producers knew her real age, which was 13 years older than Jim Backus, who played her character’s husband. It was not until years after the series ended that her co-stars found out her actual age. 
  • In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag over the harbor can be seen flying at half-mast. Reason: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, shortly before the shot was filmed.  
  • The character of the Professor was supposedly a graduate from SMU, TCU and UCLA, Thurston Howell III went to Harvard. Howell would call an inferior a “Yale Man”. Back home, the Professor was a high school science teacher.
  • The lagoon set was located at the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. If sequences there were filmed too early or too late in the day, microphones would record rush hour traffic noise from a nearby freeway. 


In the mid-twentieth century 500,000 youngsters ran paper routes from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California and everywhere in between. Their numbers increased and by 1980 nearly one million youth delivered the latest news (Taken from Link).


aplomb \uh-PLOM\, noun:

Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

“Mary was unexpectedly asked to fill in for the lead singer of the praise band; she sang several songs, handling herself with the aplomb of a professional.”


The church at Thessalonica had received some false information that they had missed the Day of the Lord (2 Thes 2:1-5)

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,  not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?” (2 Thess 2:1-5). 

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