Christy Seabourne
Christy Seabourne

Monthly Trivia

These are the answers for the trivia questions in my Smart Move for Homeowners Newsletter. Click here to read the latest edition.

All entries are put in a "hat" to draw a winner that receives a $25 gift card.

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August 2017

Born James Cleveland Owens, the track star was called “J.C.” by his family. On his first day at Bolton Elementary School after moving to Cleveland at age 9, the teacher misheard his Alabama drawl and thought he said his name was “Jesse” instead of “J.C.” Owens was too shy to correct his new teacher in front of his new classmates, and he was called “Jesse” for the rest of his life.

July 2017

Pasteur had developed a vaccine for Rabies. Only 10 people have been known to survive the virus once symptoms are present. Prior to the injection given to Joseph Meister it had only been tested on dogs.

June 2017

John Adams introduced before Congress the resolution mandating a United States flag on June 14, 1777.

May 2017

Perhaps the peak of Nellie Bly's fame came when she took a whirlwind trip around the world in 1889 to beat Phileas Fogg, the fictional hero of Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days." Traveling by ship, train and burro, she returned back to New York in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes as a celebrity, cheered by crowds of men as well as women.

April 2017

A one ounce letter delivered by the Pony Express was originally $5, the equivalent of hundreds of dollars today. This cost was far beyond the everyday person and even after it was reduced to $1 an ounce was more than most could afford. 

March 2017 

Einstein learned to play the violin as a child, a skill that stayed with him into his later years. 

February 2017 

Pope Gregory XIII corrected mistakes on the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days and directing that the day after October 4, 1582 would be October 15th. The Gregorian, or New Style calendar, was then adopted by Catholic countries, followed gradually by Protestant and other nations.

January 2017 

On their busiest day, April 17, 1907, Ellis Island officials processed 11,747 immigrants.

December 2016 

The most popular Christmas song in America, Jingle Bells has not always been associated with Christmas. Written in the 1850's by James Lord Pierpont, an uncle of the famously wealthy financier John Pierpont Morgan, it pays homage to the youthful fun of the then popular winter sleigh races.

November 2016

The first wagon train arrived in California on November 4, 1841. They started their journey in Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841.

October 2016 

On October 5, 1947, President Harry Truman (1884-1972) makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans. He asked farmers and distillers to reduce grain use and requested that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, eggs and poultry on Thursdays and save a slice of bread each day. The food program was short-lived, as ultimately the Marshall Plan succeeded in helping to spur economic revitalization and growth in Europe.

September 2016 

There are 562 federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, rancherias, communities and Native villages in the United States. Approximately 229 of these are located in Alaska; the rest are located in 33 other states. Tribes are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse.

August 2016

The winners from the last few months did not get posted because my web page somehow did not save correctly and while I'm able to re-post the answers to each month's trivia, I can't find the names of the monthly winners. However, I can congratulate Jonathan Obrecht for winning August's drawing! Thomas Edison invented the phonograph on August 12, 1877.

July 2016

Congress didn’t officially make Fourth of July a holiday until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level—like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Fourth did not become a paid legal holiday until 1938, as part of a bill that granted holiday leave to employees of the federal government.

June 2016

Donald Fauntleroy Duck made his first film appearance on this day in "The Wise Little Hen", a cartoon by Walt Disney.

May 2016

Louie, Louie by the Kingmen was part of an investigation by the FBI to determine if it’s lyrics violated laws against interstate transportation of obscene material. The FBI could not determine if the song was obscene.

April 2016

May and June never start on the same day of the week as any other month for that year.

March 2016

Congratulations to Jyl Nieto, this month's winner of the $50 Visa gift card. January 1st was first celebrated as the New Year in 45 B.C. when Julius Caesar reformed the traditional Roman calendar. However, this fell out of practice in the middle ages and wasn’t reestablished until the Gregorian calendar was implemented in 1582.

February 2016

This month's winner for the $50 Visa gift card is Greg and Pam Kneuer. The tomato is nicknamed the love apple. However, I wanted to also share my favorite answer that I received.

Many people mistakenly believe the tomato is the love apple. However it was originally the pineapple. It is a lesser known fact that the Pina people were allergic to apples. When they ate one their faces would turn red and swell in such a way that would resemble a heart. Because of this the apple was outlawed from their territory. They began to grow an alternative fruit and called it the Pina Apple later to be shortened to pineapple. The king declared in order to stop heart face pineapples would become their love apples, the true way to display their love to one another. (credit to Carroll Worsnup)

January 2016

Congratulations to Jim and Lorraine Pulfrey for winning the $50 Visa gift card. The answer to my trivia question was that the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah will be October 2 - 4 in 2016.

December 2015

Congratulations to Alex Fenson for knowing that Theodore Roosevelt was the president that banned Christmas trees from the White House.

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