Sunday, November 29, 2015

Trivia Bits 29 November


Mothers of Invention

American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director Frank Zappa performed with a band called the Mothers of Invention (pictured) with Zappa producing almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

The French inventor Félix du Temple accomplished a short flight with his steam-powered aircraft Monoplane in 1874 often considered the first manned powered flight in history.

Ray Charles Robinson was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles who started to lose his sight at the age of five and went completely blind by the age of seven, apparently due to glaucoma.

Liverpool Football Club in the early 1960s began a signature tradition by using the song You’ll Never Walk Alone from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

The capital of Brunei, the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is Bandar Seri Begawan with Brunei rated the fifth-richest nation out of 182, based on its petroleum and natural gas fields.

2012 Australian rhythmic gymnastics Olympian Janine Murray had difficulties getting to school while growing up in Zimbabwe because of petrol shortages.

Comparing the death tolls of hurricanes with male and female names between 1950 and 2012, US scientists found the females have, on average, killed more than the males.

The bombing of Dresden was a major American and British attack that took place in the final months of the Second World War in the European Theatre from 13 to 15 February 1945.

The Costa Brava is a coastal region in the north-east of Spain with the coast named Costa Brava by Ferran Agulló i Vidal in an article published in the Catalan newspaper La Veu de Catalunya in September 1908.

In the 1936 Siege of the Alcázar, around 1000 Spanish Nationalists in Toledo held a medieval castle for two months despite aerial and artillery bombardments and a sustained assault by 8000 Republican troops.

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