Sunday, February 8, 2015

Trivia Bits 08 February


Sir Don Bradman

Sir Don Bradman (pictured) often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time was born on 27 August 1908 at Cootamundra, New South Wales.

The 1814 novel Mansfield Park was written by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage, East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England, between February 1811 and 1813 and was published in May 1814 by bookseller and publisher Thomas Egerton.

About 1708 Johann Sebastian Bach composed the cantata Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (From the depths I call, Lord, to thee), BWV 131, as a young organist at Mühlhausen's Divi Blasii church in Thuringia, Germany.

India is home to the world's largest population of tigers in the wild and according to the World Wildlife Fund, of the 3,500 tigers around the world, 1,400 are found in India.

English musician Ian Kilmister is better known as Lemmy and is best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter and the founding and sole constant member of the heavy metal band Motörhead as well as a former member of Hawkwind.

American film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus is known for the debut of the Harry Potter movie franchise directing the first two films in that franchise and produced the third in the series of eight.

Released on May 24, 2005 Pon de Replay was the debut single recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005).

By the Italian Renaissance artist Pisanello, the medal of the Byzantine emperor John VIII Palaeologus was the first Renaissance portrait medal and was likely to have been made some time between 1438 and1439 when John visited Italy to attend the Council of Ferrara with the aim of uniting the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches.

Probably derived from the Latin word caeruleus, "dark blue, blue or blue-green", Cerulean is a shade of the colour blue with the first recorded use of cerulean as a colour name in English was in 1590.

English poet, literary critic and philosopher Samuel Coleridge Taylor wrote the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads.

American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway worked as an ambulance driver in World War I at the Italian war front.

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