Monday, April 28, 2014

Trivia Bits 28 April


  • In relation to sports organization, the letters IIHF stands for International Ice Hockey Federation, founded in 1908, is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has 72 members.
  • Especially written for its lead actress, Dawn French, the BBC television sitcom The Vicar of Dibley aired from 1994 to 2007 and was set in a fictional small Oxfordshire village called Dibley, which is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women.
  • Clarinets belong to the woodwind section of the orchestra.
  • The aftermath of the Revolt of 1173-1174, a rebellion against Henry II of England by three of his sons, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and rebel supporters, is depicted in the Peter O'Toole-Katharine Hepburn 1968 historical drama movie The Lion in Winter.
  • The flower of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree is depicted on the flag of Hong Kong.
  • Suzuki is a maid form the classic opera Madama Butterfly is by Giacomo Puccini performed in its final 3 act form on May 28, 1904. Madama Butterfly is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire for companies around the world, ranking 7th in the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide
  • In 1979, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, fled to Egypt due to a political revolution after which the monarchy was abolished in Iran.
  • The Barossa Valley in South Australia was named after the Battle of Barossa which was won by the British over the French at Chiclana, 5 March 1811 near Cadiz, Spain.
  • In 2012, Mo Yan was awarded a Nobel Prize in the category of Literature for his work as a writer "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".
  • The novels Amsterdam, The Blind Assassin and The White Tiger have all won the Booker Prize for Literature.

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