Saturday, August 30, 2014

Trivia Bits 30 August



Louis XIV

The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC. The second longest was France's Louis XIV (pictured), who ruled for 72 years, 1643 to 1715.

Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy that was originally broadcast for eight seasons from 1964 and starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Dick Sargent (1969–1972), Agnes Moorehead, and David White and is about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife.

The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453) and between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France for control of the French throne.

The first person to defeat Australian boxer Daniel Geale, former IBF and former WBA (Super) Middleweight Champion, was fellow Australian boxer Anthony Mundine in May 2009.

The influence of ancient Rome on architecture is all around us. The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., is almost a dead-ringer for the Pantheon. And the original Penn Station in New York was modelled on the Baths of Caracalla.

In the TV series Star Trek, Vulcan’s blood is coloured green due to being copper based and his heart is located on the right side of the torso, in between the ribs and pelvis.

The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City in 1921 with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day.

The name of the first airplane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was Bird of Prey.

The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.

The peace symbol was created in 1958 as a nuclear disarmament symbol by the Direct Action Committee, and was first shown that year at peace marches in England. The symbol is a composite of the semaphore signals N and D, representing nuclear disarmament.

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