Sunday, August 16, 2015

Trivia Bits 16 August



The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (pictured) is a 2000 published memoir of Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat Sidney Poitier.

Although Admiral Robert Calder arguably saved Britain from invasion in the 1805 naval battle of Cape Finisterre against the combined Franco-Spanish fleet, he was court-martialed for his failure to win a more decisive victory.

According to popular American writer of the early 19th century James Fenimore Cooper, Magua is the last of the Mohicans as described in the 1826 historical novel The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757.

West Timor port Kupang was the final destination of Captain Bligh when he was set adrift after the Mutiny on the Bounty on 28 April 1789, sailing for 41 days over a distance of 3618 nautical miles.

Found in English county of Hertfordshire, the Hertfordshire puddingstone is a conglomerate rock named after its resemblance to Christmas pudding and was credited in local folklore with several supernatural powers, including being a protective charm against witchcraft.

All the world’s a stage is a quote from William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623.

Pioneer German-American automobile manufacturer, August Duesenberg, went bankrupt after his failure to sell his first mass produced vehicle, although his race cars had won seven of the first ten places in the 1920 Indianapolis 500-mile race.

Tunku or Tuanku is a Malayan title of respect that is used before family names as an indication of nobility.

With origins traced to the evangelical activity of Thomas the Apostle in the 1st century, the Saint Thomas Christian music of Kerala, India may preserve elements of the earliest Christian music due to the Saint Thomas Christian community's isolation and resistance to outside influence.

Built in Warsaw in 1747–1795, Polish bishop Józef Andrzej Załuski, founded Załuski Library, one of the largest 18th century European libraries.

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