Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trivia Bits 14 October


Mary Wilson

American vocalist Mary Wilson (pictured) was best known as a founding member of The Supremes, the Motown Label flagship group which charted 33 top forty singles from 1963 to 1976.

Influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States, John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized the sinking of the Palatine Light ghost ship with a poem written in 1867 The Palatine.

Lizzie Hippo was purple in the original version of Hungry Hungry Hippos, a tabletop game made for 2-4 adults, produced by Hasbro with the idea for the game being published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll but later introduced in 1978.

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin led the nation through most of World War II.

French tennis player Christian Boussus was part of the victorious French Davis Cup squad who held the title between 1929 and 1932, as "the Fifth Musketeer", although he never played a match.

Canadian country pop singer-songwriter Shania Twain had a hit with the song That Don’t Impress Me Much released in December 1998 as the sixth country single from her third studio album, Come On Over.

From the Latin labefacere ; labare to totter + facere to make, the word Labefy means to weaken or impair.

The pet dog on American animated television series The Simpsons is Santa’s Little Helper and is a greyhound introduced in the first episode of the show, the 1989 Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", in which his owner abandons him for finishing last in a greyhound race.

2012 Australian Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Janel Manns became an incomplete paraplegic at age 32 after a bathroom accident and initially played basketball, not tennis.

The 2013 Academy Awards ceremony was hosted by American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and singer Seth MacFarlane.

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