:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
The Antikythera Shipwreck of the First Century BCE, discovered by Greek sponge divers, yielded artifacts including art, jewelry, a statue of Herakles, coins, but most importantly the Antikythera Mechanism, interlocking gears that computed the movements of the sun, the moon, and eclipse dates whoi.edu/know-your-ocean/…
Festivus (Dec. 23rd) from "Seinfeld" was a real thing created in 1966 and not invented by the show. Daniel O'Keefe created it to celebrate his first date with his wife 3 years before. His son Dan introduced Festivus to the rest of us when he wrote the episode "The Strike." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Isaac Newton spent 50 years (and wrote 4,500 pages) trying to predict the date for the end of the world using a biblical code. He finally settled on 2060 and this was not known for over 250 years until his papers on the issue were found in a trunk in at the house of the Earl of Portsmouth. telegraphindia.com/leisur…
In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
The peak of TV attention can be assigned an exact date: Sunday, September 9, 1956, when Elvis Presley made his first appearance on television, on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show. Its 82.6 percent share of US viewers has never been equaled or bettered. decades.com/lists/the-10-…
Modern day numerals and Algebra were introduced by Fibonacci from a mathematical treatise in currently 'lost' library in Baghdad that dates back to 13th century. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Bobby Farrell, member of the group Boney M., famous for the song Rasputin, died on the 30th of December in St. Petersburg, the same date and place that Grigori Rasputin died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
In Japan, condemned prisoners are not told their date of execution and only informed on the morning of their execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption opened on the same date of October 14, 1994. Both were nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Pulp Fiction winning for Best Original Screenplay. Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are in the top ten in IMDb’s top 250 movies mauiwatch.com/2019/10/a-r…
The Roses Are Red poem dates back to a poem from 1590. The original lines were, "She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Today I learned of the FBI investigation into SAC capital - a hedge fund accused of using insider information in the largest such fraud to date. npr.org/2017/02/07/513896…
The game Battleship dates back to turn of the 20th century, where is was played with just paper and pen. The game is said to have been played by Russian officers before WWI. A version using plastic pegs wasn't created until 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Bobby Farrell from the group Boney M. coincidentally died on the same date and in the same city as Grigori Rasputin, the subject of one of the group's most iconic songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The concept of deviled eggs dates all the way back to 4th and 5th century AD. history.com/news/the-anci…
Today I learned of the oldest known strike. On this date in 1152 BCE, the artisans of the Royal Necropolis at Deir el-Medina walked off their jobs because they had not been paid. The Egyptian authorities raised the wages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
There four Cathedrals in England that have their own dedicated police service. Known as Cathedral Constables, a role that dates back over 800 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
February 2nd is Twintail Day in Japan. This date was chosen since it looks like a pair of twintails. To celebrate it, a guy can give his crush two hairbands and if they like him back they'll put their hair up into twintails. soranews24.com/2015/02/02…
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
Caesium-137 does not exist naturally, so its presence is used as a test to date wine and detect counterfeits. If Caesium-137 is detected in the test, whatever is being tested was manufactured or put together after 1945, the year of the first atomic bomb en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Rotisserie chickens are often cheaper than whole raw chickens because grocery stores use them to bring more people into the store and also they are often made with poultry that is about to reach its best by date en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
Magnetic north and south have flipped poles 183 times in earth's history, every 450,000 years. The last time was around 750,000 years ago. It can be used to date fossils. It does take thousands of years to happen so we are semi safe atm. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The exact date of Super Mario Bros. for the NES ' launch in North America is unknown gamasutra.com/view/featur…
We know the exact date the Dalmatian language (one of the Romance languages) went extinct: June 10th, 1898. It is the day the last speaker of the language, Tuone Udaina, died in an explosion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
The Hoovers both spoke Mandarin. In the White House they would speak in Mandarin to avoid eavesdroppers. To date, Lou Hoover is the only First Lady to speak an Asian language. They were also well versed in Latin; working together to translate "De Re Metallica" a 16th century mining textbook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about the "Cupid Cabbie," who has collected the names and phone numbers of over 2,000 New Yorkers and organized over 100 dates, over 30 of which have led to long-lasting romances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahm…
The Polar Express is modeled after the Pere Marquette 1225. Coincidentally, the locomotive's road number is the date of Christmas, 12/25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown's affection, was based on a woman named Donna who Charles Schultz loved in his youth. Schultz proposed to her but she chose another man. Many Peanuts strips where characters discuss love are based on dates Schultz and Donna went on. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Napoleon Bonaparte is shown posing with his hand in his waistcoat because Jacques-Louis David painted him that way in several portraits to make him look more stately. The pose dates back to Greek statesman Aeschines who believed speaking with an arm outside your tunic was bad manners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The most recent partial Neanderthal is a four year old child buried with a seashell. The bones date around 24 500 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Video game publisher Acclaim Entertainment had many controversies including paying people to legally change their names to Turok, paying speeding tickets on Burnout 2’s release date and paying funeral costs for people that put Spider-Man 2 on their gravestones vg247.com/2020/06/24/chan…
HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee renamed several human genes, because MS Excel was autocorrecting their names, changing them into dates bionews.org.uk/page_15134…
Prehistoric evidence of burial has been found in both Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis, suggesting that the evolutionary roots of spirituality and belief in the afterlife pre-date modern humans. The earliest evidence of human burial has been dated to 100,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
"The Present" begins January 1st, 1950. For radiocarbon dating, identifying anything after this date is unreliable due to the skewering of Carbon-12 and Carbon-14 that detonating nuclear devices in our atmosphere has caused. portablepress.com/blog/20…
A Scottish shoplifter was arrΠ΅sted after pinching a bottle of vodka from a liquor store. He had left his name and phone number with the clerk, after asking her out on a date rd.com/list/dumbest-crimi…
The Space Shuttle never flew on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day before 2006 because its computers couldn’t handle a calendar year rollover. Instead, it was believed a date counting discrepancy between the shuttle clock and its backup would force a shutdown of all systems while in space. abcnews.go.com/Technology…
The outermost ring of Saturn to date is so massive that it could fit 1 Billion Earths inside of it. space.com/48-saturn-the-s…
The PlayStation 2 is the best selling home console to date selling over 155 million units wikipedia.org/wiki/PlaySt…
Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 475 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it is one of the biggest trials in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Today I learned of the Chancel Repair Liability, where some property owners in England and Wales are liable to pay for any repairs to their local church. The law dates back to medieval times and was upheld in court in 2003 where a homeowner was presented with a Β£100,000 bill for repairs to a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A man attempted to sue his date for texting throughout the movie they went to. He wanted to sue her for $17.31 which is the price of the movie ticket. thecut.com/2017/05/texas-…
Today I learned about the arrest of 16 y/o Daniel LaPlante, who, after a bad date, dug a burrow into the crawl space of the girl’s home & terrorized her for months as a spirit of her late mother then discovered dressed as a bride wielding a hatchet by her dad. parkaman.com/strange-case…
Televangelist Pat Robertson, net worth $100M, predicted in 1976 that the world would end in November of 1982. After that didn't happen, he tried again a decade laterβ€”in his 1990 book The New Millennium, he said the world would be destroyed on April 29, 2007. The world did not end on that date. usnews.com/news/articles/…
The oldest known pottery is from China and dates to 20,000 BC, at the height of the ice age, long before the beginnings of agriculture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The USA and Russia are technically 2.4 miles (3.8 km) apart from each other because of the Diomede Islands. Little Diomede is part of Alaska, USA and Big Diomede is part of Russia. Big Diomede is a day ahead of Little Diomede because of the International Date Line. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
In 2003 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency created a set of playing cards to help the military identify key Iraqi leaders. To date, out of the 52 leaders carded, 47 have been either killed or captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The birth date of Mariah Carey is either March 27, 1969 or March 27, 1970 but up until today the correct date is still unknown... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species - whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him theguardian.com/lifeandst…

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