On Friday, October 13, 1307, the King of France, Philip IV, ordered the French Knights Templar be arrested. He claimed that the Templar initiation ceremonies forced recruits to deny Christ, spit on the Cross, worship idols, and engage in homosexual practices. The next month, Philip pressured Pope Clement V into arresting the remaining Knights Templar, … Continue reading Trivia: The Templar’s Doom
On this day in 1876, the American Library Association is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On this day in 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points. This event was one effect of the bankruptcy filings by Lehman Brothers two weeks prior. This bankruptcy, along with the failure of Washington Mutual, precipitated the global financial crisis, and contributed to the Great Recession.
On this day in 1997, Elton John released Candle in the Wind 1997 in the United States. The song, a re-imaged version of the original Candle in the Wind, was first released in the United Kingdom on September 13, 1997 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales who died in a Paris car crash … Continue reading Trivia: Candle in the Wind 1997 Released in US
On September 15, 1965, the first episode of the television show, Lost in Space debuted on CBS. Series creator Irwin Allen imagined a science fiction version of The Swiss Family Robinson. The year is 1997. The United States is gearing up for space colonization because of overcrowding on Earth. The space-faring Robinson family embarks on … Continue reading Trivia: Lost in Space Debuts
“Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.”~Chris Evert On this day in 1989, Chris Evert wins her 100th match in the US National/Open Tennis Championship, defeating Patricia Tarabinia 6-2, 6-4.
Puerto Rico, or “Rich Port,” is part of the Greater Antilles chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea. It became a US Commonwealth on this day in 1952.
On this day in 1892, Lizzie Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts, is arrested for the brutal murder of her father and stepmother. While a Grand Jury later heard evidence and indicted her for the murders. Conflicting testimony and mostly circumstantial evidence led to her acquittal in June of 1893. Lizzie Borden took an axeAnd gave … Continue reading Trivia: Lizzie Borden Arrested for Murder
On this day in 1868, Secretary of State William H. Seward issued an official proclamation that certified adoption of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This Constitutional amendment gave the former African-American slaves U.S. citizenship, thereby overturning the Dred Scott decision. It also granted due process under the law.
Today is Meteor Watch Day. Meteors are particles from space that burn up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere, causing flashes of light as they vaporize. Both asteroids and comets can provide some of the material that make up meteoroids, which are generally less than a meter wide. If a meteoroid survives its fall through the … Continue reading Trivia: Meteor Watch Day