Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trivia Bits 21 May


Dom Perignon

A monk and cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers, Dom Perignon (pictured)was the Benedictine monk who legend has invented Champagne in the early 18th century.

In 1926, when a Los Angeles restaurant owner Bob Cobb was looking for a way to use up leftovers, he threw together some avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese, and named it after himself: Cobb salad.

Harry Potter character Lord Voldemort had a snake called Nagini who is introduced in Goblet of Fire and she is a safeguard to Voldemort's immortality.

Fought between 22 and 31 January 1945, as part of the Burma Campaign, The Battle of Hill 170 was fought during World War 2 between the British 3rd Commando Brigade and the Japanese 54th Division.

The 2014 animated feature film based on the characters of Mister Peabody and Sherman Mr Peabody featured Patty Peterson and her daughter Penny voiced by Leslie Mann as Patty and Ariel Winter voiced Penny.

Australia was the 3rd country, after the US and Russia, to launch a satellite into orbit for the British, using a 'Blue Streak' rocket, on 28 Oct 1971

The Great Hall of Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon, France was in the 14th Century the seat of the papacy with six papal conclaves held in the Palais, leading to the elections of Benedict XII in 1334, Clement VI in 1342, Innocent VI in 1352, Urban V in 1362, Gregory XI in 1370 and Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.

British archaeologist J. Desmond Clark discovered in 1953 a site at Zambia's Kalambo Falls containing artifacts from over 250,000 years of human culture.

Lighthouse Hill on Staten Island got its name from the Staten Island Lighthouse, built in 1912, which towers 141 feet (43 metres) above the Lower New York Bay and can be seen as far as 18 miles (29 km) away.

The Lockerbie air disaster involved a Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt Airport to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport that was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on Wednesday, 21 December 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew on board with large sections of the aircraft crashing onto residential areas of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 11 more people on the ground.

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