Sunday, May 10, 2015

Trivia Bits 10 May


Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson (pictured) sang the 1961 hit Hello Mary Lou written by U.S. singer Gene Pitney which appeared on Nelson's sixth album Rick Is 21.

French, Sexual, Mexican and Digital are examples of revolutions.

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz were long standing hosts of the Australian review show At The Movies in which they discussed films opening in cinemas that week.

In Athens' historic Plaka district, the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, or MELMOKE is a small museum showing that there is more to Greek music than Zorba's Dance by displaying rows of wood and bone flutes, pottery drums called toumbeleki, and gaida - bagpipes made of sheep or goat skins.

Taum Sauk Mountain and its neighbours in the St. Francois range are believed to be one of the few spots in the central US that may never have been submerged under ancient seas.

Irish singer-songwriter Brian McFadden gained fame as a member of the boy band Westlife formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012 although Brian left the band in 2004.

English sailor William Bligh accompanied Captain James Cook on his second voyage around the world (1772-74), and in 1787 commanded HMS Bounty on an expedition to the Pacific.

After 25 years of service and flying 85 million kilometres, equivalent to 110 return trips to the moon, a jumbo Qantas Boeing 747-400, The City of Canberra was retired in March 2014 to an aviation museum based at Illawarra Regional Airport and still holding the record for the longest ever non-stop commercial flight for its trip from London to Sydney in 1989.

American professional boxer and a cultural icon of the 1920s Jack Dempsey was nick-named Manassa Mauler as tribute to his place of birth in Manassa, Colorado in 1895.

The 1938 novel Rebecca was authored by English author and playwright Daphne du Maurier and has been adapted to movies with best known of these being the Academy Award winning 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film version Rebecca, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier as Max, Joan Fontaine as the Heroine, and Dame Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers.

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