Monday, July 13, 2015

Trivia Bits 13 July


 Gro Harlem Brundtland

In 1981, Gro Harlem Brundtland (pictured) became the first female Prime Minister of Norway and served three terms as Norway's Prime Minister: in 1981, in 1986–89, and in 1990–96.

Remember the Time by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard is a 2014 book based on the life of entertainer Michael Jackson.

Rodney J. Baxter, known for the Yang-Baxter equation in statistical mechanics, was the first doctoral graduate in theoretical physics from the Australian National University in 1964.

Written between 1960 and 1962, the Scottish composer and pianist Ronald Stevenson composed an 80-minute passacaglia for solo piano based on the four-note motif D-E♭-C-B.

The Paris Review was established in Paris in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton being a quarterly English language literary magazine and which since 1973 has been published out of New York City.

16th century Spanish Conquistador, Tristán de Luna y Arellano built the first European settlement within the continental boundaries of the United States at modern-day Pensacola.

First competed for in 1879, the Calcutta Cup rugby union trophy, which features an elephant on top, is awarded to the winner of the annual Six Nations Championship match between England and Scotland only.

Isaac Asimov wrote the Foundation series of sci-fi novels published from 1942 to 1993 with the initial Foundation trilogy beating several other science fiction and fantasy series to receive a special 1965 Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series". Of note is that The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien was a runner up for this award.

All of the roles in Shakespeare's plays were originally acted by men and boys as in Elizabethan England at that time, it wasn't proper for females to appear on stage.

Found in 1905, The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered with the original 3,100 carats cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family's collection.

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