Saturday, November 21, 2015

Trivia Bits 21 November



A banteng (pictured) is a species of wild cattle found in Southeast Asia and have been domesticated in several places in Southeast Asia and used as working animals and for their meat.

In 1561, Madrid replaced Valladolid as the capital of the Spanish region when Philip II moved his court to Madrid installing it in the old castle.

In 2013, the world’s largest producer of gold was China followed in order by Australia, the United States, Russia, and Peru.

The Red Guard was a mass paramilitary social movement of young people mainly students who went through China in 1966 destroying anything old including ancient musical instruments and artworks

When released as a single in late 1961 Unchain My Heart  was a hit song written by Bobby Sharp and recorded first in 1961 by Ray Charles accompanied by his Raelettes, Charles sang about wanting to be free from a woman who won't let (him) go.

The May to October 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England predated, by 12 years, the first tour of England by white Australians.

In the 1996 film The Pompatus of Love, the main characters sit around discussing the meaning of the word pompatus and was a low-budget, independent film received mixed reviews but won several minor awards.

English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985, Radiohead released their third album OK Computer in 1997 which propelled them to international fame; featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation.

Claire and Mitchell are the first names of Jay’s two oldest children in the 2009 premiering American television sitcom Modern Family which presented in mockumentary style in which the fictional characters frequently talk directly into the camera.

On June 25, 1678, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, a Venetian philosopher of noble descent, became the first woman to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

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