Friday, July 3, 2015

Trivia Bits 03 July


Diner's Club

Issued in 1950, the first credit card was Diner's Club (pictured) when Frank X. McNamara started the company with 200 card holders.

After the first major raid on Liverpool in August 1940, the Liverpool Blitz was a sustained bombing campaign on the city of Liverpool, United Kingdom, by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War.

False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, Intolerance as he wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.

John Davies, the U.S. District Court judge who presided over the trial of a group of LAPD officers in the 1992 Rodney King incident, won gold for Australia in the 200m breaststroke at the Helsinki 1952 Olympics.

The Holberg Prize is an international prize awarded annually by the Government of Norway to outstanding scholars for work in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and theology, and was established by the Government of Norway in honour of Ludvig Holberg in 2003 and complements its sister prize in mathematics, the Abel Prize.

Playing ten year old John Connor in the 1991 action movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day was American actor and musician Edward Furlong.

The comic opera in four acts The Marriage of Figaro was composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786.

The three letters of the Greek alphabet that end in on are epsilon, omicron and upsilon.

Yorick is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet who is the dead court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of the play and evokes from Prince Hamlet the monologue Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

With his screen credits usually read as Gowns by Adrian, prolific designer Adrian created costumes for over 200 films during his career at MGM including The Wizard of Oz and working with female stars of the day like Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Jeanette MacDonald, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford.

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