Monday, May 11, 2015

Trivia Bits 11 May


Lord Hopetoun 

On January 1 1901 the new Commonwealth of Australia began with the proclamation of the Federal Constitution and the swearing in of Lord Hopetoun (pictured) at Sydney's Centennial Park with NSW Protectionist leader, Edmund Barton, leading the first Commonwealth Ministry.

In 2013, the Asian city of Shanghai had an estimated population of 24,150,000 people.

Unveiled at the 2005 American International Toy Fair, Shadows Over Camelot is an Arthurian-themed board game that features a siege engine and a progression of evil for the players to use in their quests.

Bay of Pigs in 1961 was an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, supported by the U.S. Government.

The series of books in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the British author Douglas Adams features the well-travelled character called Ford Prefect which is the only character other than the protagonist, Arthur Dent, to appear throughout the entire Hitchhiker's saga.

The popular Malaysian drink bandung is pink in colour which consists of condensed milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup.

The town of Fixham Harbour is a fictional place from the 1998 British children's animated television Bob the Builder.

The 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film The Fault In Our Stars features the characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

Australian swimmer and Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas won three gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

British naval officer and colonial administrator Captain James Stirling was the first Governor of Western Australian from 30 December 1828 although it was not until 4 March 1831 that he was commissioned as Governor of Western Australia.

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