Scottish-born American privateer John Paul Jones said, “I have not yet begun to fight” in 1779, during the Revolutionary War.
The full title of Oliver Twist is Oliver Twist, or, The Parish Boy’s Progress.
Over the course of 12 years’ service to Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, Hercules performed the following known as The Twelve Labours of Hercules: 1. Killed the Nemean lion 2. Killed the hydra of Lerna 3. Captured the Erymanthian boar 4. Captured the hind of Artemis 5. Killed the man-eating Stymphalian birds 6. Cleaned the Augean […]
The annual Tulip Time Festival, featuring Dutch food, entertainment, and parades, has been held during mid-May in this mostly Dutch-American community since 1929. Former Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush have all taken part in the festivities.
The Palestine Liberation Organization or PLO now claims to represent 4 million Palestinians. It was founded in 1964 to unify splintered Palestinian organizations.
The revealing 1929 study by Robert and Helen Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture, examined family life in Muncie, Indiana. It was followed by Middletown in Transition in 1937.
The 1921 site houses the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta, a depiction of the Civil War battle for control of the Georgia railroad on July 22, 1864. The 1885-86 artwork blends an enormous circular painting with a three-dimensional model of the action. The painting is 358 feet in circumference and 42 feet tall. It […]
The practice, also called anthropophagy, is derived from the Spanish word for the Caribs. The Caribs were a West Indian tribe known for cannibalism.
NASCAR, headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, was founded by William H. G. France in 1947.
In the Jewish calendar, Tammuz is the name of the month that falls during June and July.
Marlon Brando played American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in “Roots: The Next Generation” (ABC, 1977).
In 1992, 98 percent of U.S. households had a TV set. Sixty-five percent had two or more. Seventy-seven percent had videocassette recorders.
The Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, was America’s first national monument.
Todt Hill, on Staten Island, at 426 feet is the highest natural elevation in the New York metropolitan area. In fact, it is the highest point on the eastern seaboard south of Maine. Cadillac Mountain in Maine is the highest point on the eastern seaboard.
U.N.C.L.E. was the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Its nemesis, T.H.R.U.S.H., was the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. The television series, starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, ran from 1964 to 1967.
“Radar” O’Reilly’s real name in the 1970 film and 1972-83 CBS TV series “M*A*S*H*” was Walter. Gary Burghoff played the character in both TV and film.
The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, weighing 1,904 pounds in 1939.
The English-speaking American Indian Squanto famous for befriending the Pilgrims at Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21 was a Pawtuxet.
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980) featured an orangutan. The orangutan’s name was Clyde.
In The Scarlet Letter, the father of Hester Prynne’s child, Pearl is the town’s minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, who is tormented by his illicit act.
The first All-Star baseball game was played on July 6, 1933, in Comiskey Park, Chicago, home of the White Sox. The American League won, 4-2.
Founded as a secret social fraternity in Pulaski, Tennessee, about 1866, the Ku Klux Klan took the first two syllables of its name from the Greek “kuklos,” meaning circle. Through intimidation, terror, and violence, the ex-Confederates who founded the Ku Klux Klan sought to keep African-Americans in a subservient position.
William F. Buckley’s syndicated talk show “Firing Line” has been on the air since April 1966.
Cabaret was based on the play I Am a Camera (1951) by John Van Druten, which was in turn based on Isherwood’s “Sally Bowles,” a story appearing in Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Isherwood lived in Berlin in the early 1930s.
Yes, Typhoid Mary’s name was Mary Mallon (1870-1938). She was an institutional and household cook who spread the disease from house to house in the New York City area in the early twentieth century.
Professor James Moriarty, “the Napoleon of Crime,” was killed. Moriarty and Holmes, locked in combat, fell over the edge of the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. Amazingly, Holmes survived.
Laura Palmer’s father, Leland Palmer (Roy Wise) killed her, while possessed by an evil spirit named Bob. Laura Palmer was played by Sheryl Lee.
This ancient Greek city called Byzantium was on the shores of the Bosporus. It was renamed Constantinople when the Emperor Constantine moved the Roman capital there in A.D. 330. It became the seat of the Byzantine (or Eastern) Roman Empire. It is now called Instanbul and is one of the most commonly known cities in […]
Clint Eastwood’s character in “Rawhide” was Rowdy Yates on the CBS Western that ran from 1959 to 1966.
Just before reporter Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) crashed a motorcycle, he saw the words, “Max Headroom, 2.3 m.” on the TV series “Max Headroom” (ABC, 1987). His memory impulses create a new character, Max Headroom.
Yes folks, American women still earn less money than American men. In 1988, the median weekly earnings of full-time female workers in all occupations were 70.2 percent of male workers’ earnings.
At the height of their careers as newspaper columnists in Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons had together about seventy-five million readers.
The leeches in The African Queen (1951) were made of rubber. Designed by Cliff Richardson, they had small “blood sacs” and were stuck to Humphrey Bogart’s back with waterproof adhesive.
The title of Boccaccio’s The Decameron means “ten days” and refers to the number of days the narrators spend telling stories. One hundred stories are told by seven women and three men during the Black Death of 1348.
Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) in Annie Hall (1977), had been killing spiders since he was thirty.
The highest-scoring pro basketball game was a 1983 game in which the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets, 186-183.
It wasn’t only John D. Rockefeller who founded the Standard Oil Company. What would become the country’s largest oil company was founded in 1867 by four people, Rockefeller, Henry M. Flagler, S. V. Harkness, and Rockefeller’s brother William.
In the 1920s, John Wayne was a University of Southern California student who worked as a laborer and bit player on the Fox lot, where he got to know director John Ford. In 1929, Wayne and fellow USC football player Ward Bond came out to Annapolis with the entire USC football team to appear in […]
What is now the magazine TV Guide with the largest national circulation first appeared on April 3, 1953. It had editions in ten cities and an initial circulation of 1,560,000.
Stephen A. Douglas (1813-61), the short but politically powerful congressman from Illinois, was known as “The Little Giant”. A Democrat, he represented Illinois in the House of Representatives (1843-47) and the Senate (184761). He lost the 1860 presidential election to Abraham Lincoln.
As built by special-effects supervisor John Evans from a design by production designer Anton Furst, the Batmobile in Batman (1989) was about twenty feet long by eight feet wide. Its body was made of black fiberglass.
The peregrine falcon was listed as endangered in the late 1970s. It still remains on the list.
The average American generates about three pounds of garbage per day, according to the Garbage Project.
An artist named Otto Messmer who worked for silent cartoon animator Pat Sullivan invented Felix the Cat. Messmer developed Felix for Paramount’s Screen Magazine in 1919. Paramount producer John King gave Felix his name. The first Felix cartoon in 1919 was called Feline Follies; the second was called Musical Mews.
President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C while in office.
Thomas Hughes, English jurist wrote Tom Brown’s School Days. The book for boys tells of young Tom Brown’s adventures at Rugby. Hughes also wrote a sequel, Tom Brown at Oxford (1861).
According to many historians, the single bloodiest day of the Civil War was September 17, 1862, when General George McClellan’s Union forces and Robert E. Lee’s Confederate troops clashed in the Battle of Antietam. The savage struggle took place at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, ending with the retreat of Lee’s army into Virginia on […]
Ten Americans have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature: Sinclair Lewis (1930); Eugene O’Neill (1936); Pearl S. Buck (1938); William Faulkner (1949); Ernest Hemingway (1954); John Steinbeck (1962); Saul Bellow (1976); Isaac Bashevis Singer, a naturalized citizen (1978); Czeslaw Milosz, a naturalized citizen (1980); and Joseph Brodsky, a naturalized citizen (1987).
Melville’s novels of the South Seas were published in this order: Typee in 1846, Omoo in 1847
Federally funded health insurance for the disabled and those over 65 called Medicare was part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965. The Amendments also saw the beginning of Medicaid.
El Greco signed his paintings as Domenikos Theotokopoulos, his real name. The artist (c. 1541-1614) wrote the name in Greek characters, sometimes followed by Kres for “Cretan”, his national origin.
President Calvin Coolidge, in a 1925 speech, said, “The business of America is business”.
Five U.S. presidents attended Harvard University: John Adams John Quincy Adams Theodore Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt John F. Kennedy
The males of the fighting fish species do indeed fight. They nip each other’s fins and show off their extended gill covers and intensified colors. Their battles are exciting enough that the Thai have domesticated the fish for use in contests.
Thomas Shadwell was refer to as “Mac Flecknoe”, a playwright whose work John Dryden despised. Dryden satirized Shadwell as the son of (“Mac”) Richard Flecknoe, another bad contemporary poet.
The unhappy Werther’s beloved in Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is Lotte.
No U.S. ships were fired on in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964. The U.S. Navy reported that month that the USS Maddox and the USS Turner had been fired upon by three North Vietnamese patrol boats. Later investigations showed no evidence of any such attacks.
Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is married to Hilda Rum-pole (Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Marion Mathie) on the TV show “Rumpole of the Bailey” (Thames, 1978-88). He usually refers to her as “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” The series has appeared on PBS’s “Mystery!” (1981).
Jean-Paul Sartre refused the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964. He explained: “A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.”
The author of On the Road (1957) Jack Kerouac died at age forty-seven on October 21, 1969, of a massive gastric hemorrhage associated with alcoholism, in St. Petersburg, Florida.