July 22 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
July 22 History Highlights
Pi Approximation Day
July 22 is…
Lion’s Share Day
National Penuche Fudge Day
National Ratcatcher’s Day (Pied Piper of Hamelin)
Pi Approximation Day
Summer Leisure Day
July 22 Birthday Quotes
|“When we learn to give thanks, we are learning to concentrate not on the bad things, but on the good things in our lives.”
– Amy Vanderbilt
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”
“Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?
“Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we?”
“If you want to be a writer, I have two pieces of advice. One is to be a reader. I think that’s one of the most important parts of learning to write. The other piece of advice is ‘Just do it!’ Don’t think about it, don’t agonize… sit down and write.”
“Be the designer of your own destiny.”
“Being yourself is all it takes. If you want to impress someone don’t be someone else just be yourself.”
“Have you ever met a successful person who wasn’t restless- who was satisfied with where he or she was in life? They want new challenges. They want to get up and go… and that’s one of the reasons they’re successful.”
“I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can.”
July 22 Birthdays
|1882 – Edward Hopper, American painter and etcher (died in 1967)
1889 – James Whale, English director (died in 1957)
1890 – Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist (died in 1995)
1908 – Amy Vanderbilt, American author (died in 1974)
1923 – Bob Dole, American soldier and politician
1924 – Margaret Whiting, American singer (died in 2011)
1928 – Orson Bean, American actor (died in 2020)
1932 – Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer (died in 2014)
1932 – Tom Robbins, American novelist
1938 – Terence Stamp, English actor
1940 – Alex Trebek, Canadian-American game show host
1941 – George Clinton, American singer-songwriter and producer
1943 – Kay Bailey Hutchison, American politician
1943 – Bobby Sherman, American singer-songwriter
1946 – Danny Glover, American actor
1947 – Albert Brooks, American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter
1949 – Alan Menken, American pianist and composer
1950 – S.E. Hinton, American author
1954 – Al Di Meola, American guitarist and songwriter
1955 – Willem Dafoe, American actor
1961 – Keith Sweat, American singer-songwriter
1964 – John Leguizamo, Colombian-American actor
1964 – David Spade, American actor
1972 – Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
1973 – Rufus Wainwright, American-Canadian singer-songwriter
1992 – Selena Gomez, American singer and actress
July 22 History
|1587 – The second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
1796 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company named an area in Ohio “Cleveland” after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.
1893 – Katharine Lee Bates wrote America The Beautiful after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1933 – Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world, traveling 15,596 miles (25,099 km) in seven days, 18 hours, and 45 minutes.
1934 – In front of Chicago’s Biograph Theater, “Public Enemy No. 1” John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents.
June 22, 1943 (fiction) Steve Rogers was injected with the Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe
1962 – Mariner 1 spacecraft flew off course several minutes after launch and had to be destroyed by remote control.
1989 – #1 Hit July 22, 1989 – August 4, 1989: Martika – Toy Soldiers
1991 – Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee after police discovered human remains in his apartment.
1996- The Daily Show premiered on Comedy Central
2000 – #1 Hit July 22, 2000 – July 28, 2000: Matchbox Twenty – Bent
2011 – Norway was the location of twin terror attacks, the first being a bomb blast that targeted government buildings in central Oslo(killing 8 and injuring 209), the second being a massacre at a youth camp on the island of Utøya, killing 69 and injuring 110.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|Officially Pi Day is 3/14. Unofficially, Pi Approximation Day is 7/22.
The circumference of a circle with radius r is 2pr.
The official world record for the furthest thrown bullseye in darts is only 16 feet 7 inches.
“We’re both wearing sailor hats. Then we get into a jacuzzi filled with Pepto-Bismol, I clip your toenails, and you shave my buttocks.” – Harold Grisham #moviequotes
The Capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar
About 25% of the film Jaws was shot from water level so audiences could better relate to treading water.
Law of Fashion: Any given dress is: indecent 10 years before its time, daring 1 year before its time, chic in its time, dowdy 3 years after its time, hideous 20 years after its time, amusing 30 years after its time, romantic 100 years after its time, and beautiful 150 years after its time.
Officially, Greenland is part of North America.
TV Quotes… “Schwing!” (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth) on Saturday Night Live.
pwned – common typo for “owned”, meaning someone or something beat the person “pwnd”
If the lawmakers make a compromise, the place where it will be felt most is the taxpayer’s pocket and the compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.
The Hoover Dam is expected to last 10,000 years
In the Transformers canon, there is a Middle-Eastern country called the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya. Its capital is Carbombya City.
Clarke’s Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or Whatever – evokes three stages of reaction.
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