The middle names of the following U.S. Presidents are: Dwight D. Eisenhower—David Gerald R. Ford—Rudolph James A. Garfield—Abram Ulysses S. Grant—Simpson Warren G. Harding—Gamaliel Rutherford B. Hayes—Birchard James K. Polk—Knox Ronald W. Reagan—Wilson
“What’s My Line?” was the longest-running prime-time TV game show. It ran seventeen years from 1950 to 1967 on CBS.
It is not an animal, but an official edict or decree from a pope. The term comes from the Latin bulla (a knob or seal). It originally referred to the seal that was placed on the pope’s official documents.
Alan Hale played Robin Hood’s sidekick Little John, alongside Errol Flynn as Robin. Nicol Williamson played the part in Robin and Marian (1976), alongside Sean Connery. Nick Brimble played Robin Hood’s sidekick Little John, alongside Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
In her popular manual for housewives, The American Woman’s Home, published with her sister Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1869, Beecher encouraged a systematic and orderly approach to the noble duties of housework. She suggested this schedule: Monday—prepare for the week Tuesday—wash Wednesday—iron Thursday—iron, mend, fold and put away clothes Friday—sweep and clean the house Saturday—arrange…
Four people are killed in Taxi Driver (1976): the pimp Sport; the “timekeeper” for Iris the prostitute; Iris’s Mafioso customer; and the grocery store robber.
Lucille Ball (Lucy) died on April 26, 1989, at age 77. Desi Arnaz (Ricky) died December 2, 1986, at age 69. Vivian Vance (Ethel) died on August 17, 1979, at age 72. William Frawley (Fred) died on March 3, 1966, at age 79.
Following consumer testing, M&M/Mars decided upon the following breakdown for plain M&M’s in each bag: Brown. 30 percent Red. 20 percent Yellow. 20 percent Green. 10 percent Orange. 10 percent Tan. 10 percent For peanut M&M’s, it is: Brown. 30 percent Red. 20 percent Yellow. 20 percent Green. 20 percent Orange. 10 percent
Rambo II did not preced Rambo III (1988). There were three Rambo movies in the 1980s, all starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, but none was called Rambo II. The three films were: First Blood (1982); Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985); and Rambo III (1988).
Lucy’s character’s name on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57) was Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo. On “The Lucy Show” (CBS, 1962-68) it was Lucy Carmichael. On “Here’s Lucy” (CBS, 1974) it was Lucy Carter.
Roman citizens wore the woolen garment called the toga when they were in public. There were three types of togas: the toga pieta, embroidered with golden stars and worn by emperors and victorious generals; the toga virilis, the unadorned white toga worn by males fifteen and older; and the toga praetexta, bordered in purple and…
William Finley played Winslow, the Phantom, in this rock-musical version of Phantom of the Opera. He was stalking evil record producer Swan (Paul Williams).
The two candidates for the U.S. Senate in Illinois in 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, held seven debates. Democrat Douglas was reelected. But Lincoln’s strong performance in the campaign led to his nomination as the Republican candidate for president in 1860.
The comic book superhero Superman died fighting the villain Doomsday in Superman No. 75, the January 1993 issue that went on sale on November 11, 1992.
Between 1850 and 1860, when it was generating 3 to 4.8 million bales of cotton per year, the South provided over 75 percent of the cotton in the world.
According to the 1860 census, only 4 percent of the white population of the South owned plantations large enough to be farmed by 20 or more slaves. About 1 percent owned plantations needing 50 or more slaves. Seventy-five percent of white families owned no slaves.
The slogan “Africa for the Africans at home and abroad” was made famous by Jamaica-born black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey (1887-1940), who came to New York in 1916. Garvey built a mass movement calling for an end to oppression of blacks in Africa and the United States. Convicted of mail fraud (a charge he denied),…
Willie O’Ree, who played one season for the Boston Bruins, 1960-61 was the first black professional hockey player.
No, the number of legs varies. The greatest number reported on a centipede is 171 to 177 pairs of legs; on a millipede, 375.
What is left of the earth that is unexplored is approximately 140 million square miles of ocean floor. This is equal to two and a half times the surface area of the earth’s islands and continents.
Raskolnikov murders the old pawnbroker Alena Ivanovna and her sister, Lizaveta in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
As written by Francis Bellamy, editor of The Youth’s Companion, where is first appeared on September 8, 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all.” In its present text (established by Congress in 1954), it…
The director’s mother, Susanna Pasolini, played Mary in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966).
Chaucer’s pilgrims are going to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the shrine of Thomas a Becket, former archbishop of Canterbury. Becket had been assassinated in the cathedral in 1170, following a political disagreement with King Henry II. Pilgrimage to the shrine was a popular journey at the time the Tales were written (c. 1387-1400).
Caesar Enrico Bandello, played by Edward G. Robinson in the 1930 film Little Caesar.
“Richie Brockelman, Private Eye” (NBC, 1978), starring Dennis Dugan in the title role, was a spinoff of the TV series “The Rockford Files” (NBC, 1974-80).
The southern parts of present-day Arizona and New Mexico, were purchased from Mexico for $10 million in 1853. The deal was negotiated for the U.S. by railroad president James Gadsden.
Joseph McCarthy represented Wisconsin in the Senate. The Republican senator, famous for his investigations of alleged communists, served in the Senate from 1946 to 1957.
According to the 1990 census, Americans of Chinese origin (1.6 million) outnumber those of Japanese origin (848,000) by almost two to one.
Russian writer Ivan Turgenev coined the word “nihilist” in his 1862 novel Fathers and Sons.
The love song “Dear Mr. Gable, You Made Me Love You” from one MGM star to another appeared in Broadway Melody of 1938.
What poem ends with: “And we are here as on a darkling plain/Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/Where ignorant armies clash by night”?
Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” (c. 1851) ends with: “And we are here as on a darkling plain/Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/Where ignorant armies clash by night”.
Walter Cronkite anchored “The CBS Evening News” from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981.
Desreta Jackson, who played Celie as a child in The Color Purple (1985).
Robert Taylor was born Spangler Arlington Brugh. He was born in Filley, Nebraska, in 1911.
There are 13 stars, arrows, olive leaves, and olives in the Great Seal of the United States, symbolizing the original 13 colonies. The design of the seal was approved by Congress in 1782. As seen on the back of the dollar bill, the seal consists of an eagle holding olives and arrows in its talons,…
There were no male actors that appeared in The Women (1939). The all-female cast includes Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Paulette Goddard.
The symbol © a circled U on kosher food represents the approval of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Marni Nixon’s only film appearance was as a nun in The Sound of Music (1965). Nixon is better known for dubbing other people’s singing, such as Deborah Kerr’s in The King and I (1956), Natalie Wood’s in West Side Story (1961), and Audrey Hepburn’s in My Fair Lady (1964).
A polecat is not a cat at all. Polecat is the common name for various weasel-like animals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, minks, and otters. Varieties of this creature include: the European polecat; the mashed, or steppe, polecat of Asia; the marbled polecat of Eurasia; and the zorilla, or African polecat. In…
The canine silent movie star Rin Tin Tin is buried in Cimetiere du Chiens in Paris, France. The black onyx tombstone is inscribed “The Greatest Cinema Star”.
Joel Chandler Harris adapted the Uncle Remus folktales, which were first published in the Atlanta Constitution and were later collected in Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings (1880).
Although there are many likely candidates, the source for the phrase is Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977). He former president and chancellor of the University of Chicago, dean of the Yale Law School, and chairman of the board for the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The books of the Pentateuch are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Named from Greek penta (five) and teuchos (book), tradition assigned their authorship to Moses.
The name of the woman who appeared on behalf of Marlon Brando at the 1972 Oscar telecast was given as Sacheen Littlefeather, an “Apache,” and “president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee.” On behalf of Brando, she refused his Oscar for The Godfather (1972). It later turned out that Littlefeather was actually an…
The amusement park Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955. Its original size was 200 acres. Much bigger than Disneyland, Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida, on October 1, 1971. The acronym EPCOT stands for the third Walt Disney amusement center stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It opened in 1982 as…
Needle Park, the infamous hangout in New York for addicts and dealers in the 1960s and 1970s was Verdi Square Park. It is named for the Italian composer, and occupies a triangular area between Seventy-second and Seventy-third Streets at Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Longtime associate Martin Bregman produced the Al Pacino comeback vehicle Sea of Love (1989). Martin Bregman also produced the Pacino films Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975 ) and Scarface (1983 ).
The chimp from Bedtime for Bonzo died in a trailer fire in the early 1950s, along with his four stand-ins, on the day he was scheduled to help present the first Patsy Awards for animal achievement.
“Laugh, and the world laughs with you,/ Weep, and you weep alone” are the opening lines of the poem “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919).
The full title Of The Pickwick Papers is The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
Edward Stratemeyer created Nancy Drew, under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The prolific author died in 1930.
Only one U.S. president was never married, James Buchanan (president 1857-61).
The original cheese comes from the city of Gouda in the western Netherlands, chartered in 1272.
The self-improvement program called the Chautauqua Movement was designed “to promote habits of reading and study in nature, art, science, and in secular and sacred literature, in connection with the routine of daily life”. It was first proposed at a Methodist Episcopal camp meeting at Lake Chautauqua, New York, in 1873 by Bishop John H….
The Greek word heureka, meaning “I have found it,” was made famous by Archimedes, a Sicilian philosopher (c. 287-212 B.C.). Archimedes was given the task of finding out whether a crown presented to the ruler of Syracuse was really pure gold or alloyed with an inferior metal. The philosopher was baffled until he stepped into…
English was not spoken in England until 449, when three Germanic tribes from Denmark, the Jutes, Angles, and Saxons, invaded Britain. The Angles, who settled along the east coast of north and central England, developed literate culture and gave their name to the country (Angle-land, England). The language of these tribes, Anglo-Saxon or Old English,…
Only Roger Corman was billed as director for The Terror, but several uncredited “assistants” helped out. Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Dennis Jacob, and Jack Nicholson assisted with directing the 1963 movie.
In James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, mild-mannered Walter Mitty imagines that he is a Navy hydroplane commander flying through a howling storm.
Yes, Jay Silverheels (Tonto on “The Lone Ranger,” ABC, 1949-57) was a Mohawk who grew up on a reservation in Canada.
The group of writers and thinkers, the Bloomsbury Group, which included Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and Lytton Strachey, among others, was named for the place where they held their meetings-46 Gordon Square, in Bloomsbury, London.
Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the picture of marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima. The island of Iwo Jima spanned only eight square miles, but was strategically important for its closeness to Japan and hence its value as an air base. About 6,800 marines were killed and more than 18,200…
In the 1964 play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hans-berry, it was located in Greenwich Village, New York City.
The television series Howdy Doody ran from 1947 to 1960.
Approximately 5,000 people appeared at the dedication of the Civil War battlefield cemetery on November 19, 1863.
The four-stanza song was adopted as the national anthem by the U.S. Congress in 1931. Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics in 1814, taking the melody from an eighteenth-century drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by British composer John Stafford Smith. Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet [563-478 B.c.] associated with love and wine.
Yes, Bob Dylan did indeed meet Woody Guthrie, albeit when Guthrie was in his last years. Born Robert Zimmerman in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, young folksinger Bob Dylan hitchhiked to New York in 1960 to visit his musical idol Woody Guthrie, who was hospitalized with Huntington’s chorea. The composer and collector of hundreds of folk…
The first educational aptitude test in America was developed in 1910 by German-American psychologist Hugo Munsterberg. This was done after he had been asked by William James to direct the psychological laboratory at Harvard University.
The General Died at Dawn (1936) was the first movie to feature the line “We could have made beautiful music together”. Gary Cooper says it to Madeleine Carroll.
According to Forbes magazine’s 1992 list of richest Americans, they are: William Henry Gates 3rd ($6.3 billion) John Werner Kluge ($5.5 billion) Helen Walton, S. Robson Walton, Jim C. Walton, John T. Walton, Alice L. Walton (tied at $5.1 billion each) Gates is the founder of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest personal computer software company….
What was the name of the club where Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) played on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57)?
The club where Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) played on “I Love Lucy” was in New York, he played at the Tropicana. When the family moved to Connecticut, he started his own club, the Ricky Ricardo Babaloo Club.
How much time passed between Amy Fisher’s shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco and the premiere of the TV-movies on the subject?
Less than eight months had gone by when the three network television movies on the “Long Island Lolita” shooting aired. The teenaged Fisher shot Buttafuoco, wife of her alleged lover Joey, on May 19, 1992, in Massapequa, Long Island. The NBC, CBS, and ABC TV-movies aired in the week from December 28, 1992, to January…
Newspaper columnist Bob Greene is credited with first writing the term “yuppie” in a column in March 1983. The derisive term for “young urban professionals” became widespread by 1984.
As outlined in Exodus 7-12 and recounted every year in the Passover ritual, the plagues God sent to free the Jews from bondage in Egypt were: 1. The Waters Turned to Blood 2. The Frogs 3. The Gnats (or Lice) 4. The Flies 5. The Pestilence (murrain, which killed the cattle) 6. The Boils 7….
Jack Kingman had small parts on Ed Norton’s favorite TV series, “Captain Video,” (DuMont, 1949-55).
On “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan,” a syndicated TV program in the 1956-57 season, the sleuth was played by J. Carroll Naish, an Irishman from New York.
Stradlater was the rich and conceited roommate of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye.
The name of the first slave ship built in the English colonies was the Desire, launched from Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1637. Until then, only European ships transported slaves to the colonies.
Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227) was the grandfather of Kublai Khan (1215-1294).
The first commercially available oral contraceptive “pill” was introduced in August 1960, by Chicago-based pharmaceutical company G. D. Searle. It contained synthetic progesterone and estrogen and was named Enovid 10.
Thomas Hardy published his last novel thirty-three years before his death. Hardy’s last novel was Jude the Obscure (1895), the story of Jude Fawley’s adulterous love for his cousin Sue Bridehead. The novel so shocked readers that Hardy gave up writing fiction and turned to poetry. Hardy died in 1928.
Cassidy, the leader of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, was born Robert Leroy Parker in Circleville, Utah, on April 1, 1866. He was one of 10 children. The Sundance Kid was born Harry Longbaugh in 1870 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Frank Stockton wrote the story “The Lady or the Tiger?” in 1882.
It depends. The Italian species of wolf spider first given the name tarantula (from the town of Taranto) catches its prey by pursuit. In the American Southwest, tarantulas live in burrows; they eat anything from insects to toads and mice. However, certain South American tarantulas do build large webs; their diet includes small birds.
The founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) Samuel Gompers was, like his father, a cigar maker. The English immigrant reshaped the Cigar Makers International Union before founding the AFL in 1886.
Edward Stratemeyer, under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon created the Hardy Boys.
In 1894, a U.S. congressional resolution made Labor Day a legal holiday in the U.S. Promoted by the Knights of Labor since 1887, the holiday had already been celebrated in several states.
The Watts riots of 1965 lasted six days, beginning on August 12, 1965. The riot in the largely black Watts district of Los Angeles involved up to 10,000 people. Thirty-four people, most of them black, were killed. Nearly 4,000 people were arrested. Whole blocks were burned, with nearly 1,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. Damage was…
Some believe the custom of wearing wedding rings is a vestige of ancient barbarian marriages. This was when a man would capture a woman and bind her to his house in fetters, now symbolized by a ring. Others think the practice originated in ancient Egypt about 2800 B.C. As the circular ring has no beginning…