Monday, June 8, 2015

Trivia Bits 08 June



In an iconic 1955 Richard Avedon photograph, American supermodel Dovima (pictured) posed wearing a Dior evening dress standing with circus elephants taken at the Cirque d'hiver, Paris, in August 1955 and the gown being the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.

Alcatraz Federal Prison was closed in March of 1963 after being an US military prison from 1859 to 1933 and as a federal prison from 1933 with Frank Wathernam being the last prisoner to leave Alcatraz prison on March 21, 1963.

In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.

Stefan Kendal Gordy is better known by his stage name Redfoo, is an American singer, dancer, record producer, DJ and rapper best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO and is the son of Berry Gordy, Jr., founder of the Motown record label and writer-producer Nancy Leiviska.

A semitone is the smallest interval in the Western music chromatic scale.

In 1943 Ingvar Kamrad founded IKEA a Swedish retail company specialising in furniture resulting in him being one of the richest people in the world.

Dobro is the generic term for a wood-bodied, single cone resonator guitar originally made by the Dopyera brothers when they formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company in 1928.

Day-Glo the first fluorescent blacklight paint was co-invented by Bob Switzer and his brother Joe Switzer who both founded Day-Glo Color Corporation, in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Colloquially to tickle the ivories means to play the piano with the expression derived from the fact that the white keys of piano keyboards used always to be veneered with ivory, and a few still are.

The 1964 classic Australian novel My Brother Jack was written by George Johnston and is part of a trilogy centring on the character of David Meredith and won the Miles Franklin Award in 1964.

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