Monday, July 20, 2015

Trivia Bits 20 July


Lincoln Park Chicago

Chicago's Lincoln Park was created in 1864 after the original 120 acre cemetery had most of its graves removed and was expanded to more than 1000 acres for recreational use.

Batman's Treaty was a treaty made between settler John Batman and local Wurundjeri elders in 1835 for the sale of land around Port Phillip and that it was one of the few attempts made by white settlers to negotiate with Australian Aborigines.

Lake Monger is one of the few remaining wetland areas in suburban Perth, Western Australia as up to 80% of the naturally occurring lakes and swamps north of the city have been reclaimed since European settlement in 1829.

The consonant Y is often referred to as the sixth vowel because it can sound like other vowels.

The discovery of the bacterium Salmonella enterica (var. Choleraesuis) in 1885 was by medical research scientist Theobald Smith who was at the time working as a research lab assistant in the Veterinary Division of the US Department of Agriculture which was under the administration of Daniel Elmer Salmon, a veterinary pathologist, after whom Salmonella was named.

German philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote the Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft, 1781), aimed to explain the relationship between reason and human experience.

The Senyavin Islands of Micronesia were named after Dmitry Senyavin, a Russian admiral who destroyed the Ottoman Fleet in the Battle of Athos in 1807.

In 1965, Singapore was expelled from its union with Malaysia gaining independence as the Republic of Singapore on 9 August 1965, with Yusof bin Ishak as President and Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister.

Published in 1972 Breakfast in the Ruins is the second novel by English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, Michael Moorcock to feature Karl Glogauer as its protagonist, the other being Behold the Man published in 1969 in which Karl who travels from the year 1970 in a time machine to 28 AD, where he hopes to meet the historical Jesus of Nazareth.

Adopted on October 12, 1954 and designed by Somali scholar Mohammed Awale Liban, the star on the flag of Somalia is white being the five-pointed white Star of Unity representing the Somali ethnic groups with the light blue backdrop officially denotes the sky as well as the Indian Ocean, which flanks the country.

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