Sunday, July 26, 2015

Trivia Bits 26 July


Spinone Italiano 

A Spinone Italiano (pictured) is an Italian dog breed originally bred as a versatile gun dog, is a loyal, friendly and alert dog with a close lying, wiry coat and is an ancient breed that can be traced back to approximately 500 BC.

Spanish merchant and whaler Francisco Portusach Martínez was appointed acting-Governor of Guam after the capture of the island by the U.S. Navy in 1898 because he was the only U.S. citizen living there.

From 1988 until 2000, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open golf tournament was known as the du Maurier Ltd Classic.

The BBC1 1992 television sitcom Grace & Favour was the sequel series to the long-running programme Are You Being Served.

It is in the back of the head that you will find the occipital bone.

Formerly the Danish West Indies and sold to the United States by Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916 what is now known as the United States Virgin Islands.

The 1957 novels The Guns of Navarone by Scottish writer Alistair MacLean was set in World War II with the Greek island of Navarone and the plot is fictitious; however, the story takes place within the real historical context of the Dodecanese Campaign - the Allies' campaign to capture the German-held Greek islands in the Aegean Sea in 1943.

English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1787 to 1802, Thomas Lord started Lord's Cricket Ground, the Home of Cricket in 1814.

Repnin Sejm of 1767-68 in Poland was so named after the Russian Empire ambassador Nicholas Repnin, who coerced the Sejm (Polish parliament) into accepting his demands of shaping legislation more favourable to Russia under Russian Empress Catherine the Great.

Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha but was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations with Windsor suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.

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