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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Trivia For Today

Friday's Trivia

1152

Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.

1798

The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.

1803

Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.

1860

Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois, was nominated for the U.S. Presidency by Republican Party leaders at a meeting in Chicago.

1912

Since baseball great Ty Cobb had been suspended from playing the game, Hugh Jennings, manager of the Detroit Tigers, gave way to Cobb’s teammates who said they wouldn’t play unless Cobb was allowed to suit up and play, too. So, with the Tigers off the field for the day, Jennings hired the baseball team from nearby St. Joseph’s College to play in place of the Tigers! St. Joseph’s pitcher, Aloysius Travers, was pounded by the Philadelphia Athletics 24-2. Travers gave up all 24 runs - a single-game record.

1927

Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard was opened, the first of the Fox chain of movie theaters. The lavish 2,200 seat theater cost $1 million to build. Its first film was shown on this date, Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings, at the high price of $2.00 per seat. It was later renamed Mann's Chinese Theater.

1957

Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Bold Ruler to the winner’s circle in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.

1968

Tiny Tim’s warbly "Tiptoe through the Tulips" was released. An eventual top twenty hit, "Tiptoe" was a remake of a number one hit for Nick Lucas in 1929.

1974

"The Streak" started a 3-week run at number one on the "Billboard" pop music chart. The novelty tune by Ray Stevens was about people running nekkid where they shouldn’t be nekkid, like, in public. It was the second number one hit for the comedian who made numerous appearances on Andy Williams’ TV show in the late 1960s, as well as his own show in the summer of 1970. His first number one hit, just prior to "The Streak", was "Everything is Beautiful". Both songs won gold records, as did his comedic "Gitarzan", a top ten hit in 1969. Stevens has been the top novelty recording artist of the past three decades.

1992

The CBS season finale of TV sitcom Murphy Brown aired, with the title character, played by Emmy-winner Candice Bergen, giving birth to an illegitimate son. Vice President Dan Quayle publicly lambasted the comedy, saying that the program "glorified" single-parenthood, and that it made a mockery of families with fathers. He went on to comment that "Murphy Brown" lacked the judgement to be a proper role model for young women, and that her actions were immoral. Despite the national unpopularity of his criticisms, Quayle did not back down from his stand against the popular show, providing fodder for many stand-up comics.

1998

Sammy Sosa recorded his 22nd career multi-homer game vs. San Francisco. His first homer that day (off Shawn Estes) was his 150th as a member of the Chicago Cubs.



Saturday's Trivia

1501

The Portuguese discovered an island in the south Atlantic on Ascension Day and named it Ascension Island.

1830

The first timetables of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad were published in the "Baltimore American" newspaper.

1867

In London, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall.

1922

The P&O liner Egypt sank off Ushant with the loss of 90 lives after colliding in fog with the French steamship Seine. The ship was also carrying one million sterling worth of gold and silver.

1927

‘Lucky’ Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York aboard the small airplane "Spirit of St. Louis", en route to Paris, France. Thirty-three and one-half hours later, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived at his destination - and flew into history.

1932

Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

1941

Harry James and his orchestra recorded the classic "You Made Me Love You" for Columbia Records.

1956

The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was exploded by the Americans over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1961

A white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. Marshals to restore order.

1982

TV’s "Barney Miller" was seen for the last time in its original network run on ABC-TV. Hal Linden as Barney, Abe Vigoda as Fish and a talented cast continue to bring the fictional 12th Precinct to TV screens through syndication today.

1987

The Milwaukee Brewers ended a 12-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox by a 5-1 score. The Brew Crew had opened the season winning 13 games in a row.

1998

The costly Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick as scientist Nick Tatopoulos, opened in U.S. Theaters. While it placed in the Number 5 spot for box office receipts for films released that year, the film was a disappointment to the film's producers and critics.

Sunday's Trivia

1471

King Henry VI of England was murdered in the Tower of London, in the latest twist in the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV resumed the throne.

1819

The first bicycles in the United States were called swift walkers and were seen for the first time on the streets of New York City.

1881

Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

1927

Charles A. Lindbergh (age 25) landed at 10:21pm at Le Bourget air field outside Paris, France in his monoplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis". (The famous plane is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.) Lindbergh’s flight marked the first time that a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean. The 3,800 mile flight from New York to Paris took 33 hours and 29 minutes. The event got more press coverage than any other single event in history to that time.

1945

Actress Lauren Bacall and actor Humphrey Bogart were married on this date in Mansfield, Ohio.( At Malabar Farm's owned by novelist Louis Bromfield's I've been there it now is a working farm run by ODNR

1956

The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1985

Marvin Gaye’s last album was released. "Dream of a Lifetime" featured songs that critics considered too offensive such as the controversial, pop version of "The Lord’s Prayer". Three of the songs from the album were completed after Gaye’s death. Marvin Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

1998

A gunman opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students.

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