Fun Facts and Daily Trivia–Thursday, May 16, 2019

The 136 day of the year

229 days left to go 


  • Food Allergy Awareness Week (Link)
  • National Nursing Home Week (Link)
  • National Police Week (Link)
  • National Women’s Health Week (Link)
  • National Etiquette Week
  • Salvation Army Week (History)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (Link)
  • National Hospital Week (Link)
  • National Transportation Week (Link)
  • National Women’s Health Week (Link)
  • Reading is Fun Week (Link)
  • National Bike to Work Week (Link)
  • National Public Gardens Week (Link)


  • The 20th Thursday of 2019
  • The 58th day of spring–37 days left until summer
  • Mimosa Day (Link)
  • National Sea Monkey Day (See Quick Trivia)
  • National Love a Tree Day* (Link)
  • National Barbecue Day (Link)
  • Biographer’s Day* (Link)
  • International Day of Light* (Link)


1770: a 14-year-old Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis the 16th of France who was 15 (read more).  

1866: The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.

1866: pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires invented Root Beer (

1868: President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate (read more).

1929: the first Academy Awards were presented at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.  The film “Wings” won the first Best Picture Award (Read more). 

1939: food stamps were introduced in the U.S.A. (read more).   

1971: the price of a first class stamp increased to eight cents. 

1980: the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win the NBA title.  The Lakers were led by rookie guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson (See History Spotlight). 

1981: Kim Carnes topped the pop singles chart with “Betty Davis Eyes”  (Song).

1982: the New York Islanders won their third straight Stanley Cup, completing a four game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks.  

1985: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls was named NBA Rookie of the Year (Read more) (Acceptance Speech). 

1986: “Top Gun” opened in theaters across the U.S. (watch trailer). 

1986: country singer Johnny Paycheck was convicted of shooting a man during a fight at a bar.  

1997: President Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experiment, in which government scientists deliberately allowed black men to weaken and die of treatable syphilis (Read more). 

2000: upon its release, Britney Spears’ album “Oops… I Did It Again” set a one-week sales record for a female artist with 1.3 million copies sold.  

2002: the second “Star Wars” prequel, “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” opened in theaters. 

2005: Newsweek magazine retracted its Quran abuse story which sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan, leaving 15 people dead and scores injured (read more).

2011: Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off for its final mission in space on this date (read more).   

2012: Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., was found dead at her home in Mount Kisco, New York of an apparent suicide.  Robert and Mary Kennedy were married 1994 and Robert filed for divorce in May of 2010.  The couple had four children together. 

2013: Candice Glover of Beaufort, South Carolina, was crowned the winner of the 12th season of “American Idol.”  She became the first woman to win the singing competition since Jordin Sparks won it on the show’s sixth season. 


Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson leads Lakers to victory (Source

On this day in 1980, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points, leading the Lakers to a four games-to-two series win over the Philadelphia 76ers for their first championship since 1972. Johnson was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, the first of three such awards in his career. The Lakers went on to dominate the NBA, winning a total of five championships in the 1980s.


Sea Monkeys (Source)

Sea-Monkeys is a brand name for brine shrimp – a group of crustaceans that undergo cryptobiosis – often sold in hatching kits as novelty aquarium pets. Invented in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut, the product was heavily marketed, especially in comic books, and remains a presence in popular culture. The astronaut John Glenn took Sea-Monkeys into space on October 29, 1998 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during mission STS-95. After nine days in space, they were returned to Earth, and hatched eight weeks later apparently unaffected by their travels



\GAIR-uh-lus;   adjective: 

1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative. 

2. Wordy.

“The garrulous committee member was not known for holding his tongue”


Apparently, Job liked a little salt on his food.

“Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg” (Job 6:6)


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