Trivia Minute Update: April 4, 2017

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: Which actors played the character of Jay Gatsby in the 1949, 1974, and 2013 film versions of “The Great Gatsby”? We’ll have the answer later in the show. Today is International Landmine Awareness Day, Children’s Day in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Independence Day in Senegal. It’s unofficially World Rat Day, National Tell […]

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1860: Pony Express Begins Operations

On this date in 1860, the Pony Express began operations. Here are some things you may not have known about the Old West mail service. After the discovery of gold in 1849 and the admission of California as a state in 1850, a faster way to deliver transcontinental mail was needed. At the time, mail could take up to a […]

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March 30, 2017: Trivia Minute Update

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: What are the three sites at which U.S. space shuttles have landed? We’ll have the answer later in the show. Today is unofficially National Doctors’ Day, Pencil Day and World Bipolar Day. It’s the birthday of musician Eric Clapton, who is 72; rapper MC Hammer, who is 55; and musician Tracy Chapman, […]

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1806: America’s First Highway

On this date in in 1806, the first major improved highway in the United States was authorized. Here are some things you might not know about The National Road. The National Road began in 1751 as the Braddock Road, which ran from Fort Cumberland, Maryland, which is navigable limit of the Potomac River, to Fort Duquesne at the site of […]

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March 28, 2017: Trivia Minute Update

On this date in 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania suffered a partial core meltdown. What is the name of the river in which Three Mile Island is located? We’ll have the answer later in the show. Today is Teachers’ Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Serfs Emancipation Day in Tibet. It’s unofficially National […]

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1977: Tenerife Airport Disaster

On this date in 1977, 583 people died in the deadliest accident in aviation history. Here are some things you may not have known about the Tenerife Airport Disaster. KLM Flight 4805 from Amsterdam, and Pan Am Flight 1736 from Los Angeles via New York, were both traveling to Gran Canaria Airport at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. A […]

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Answering This Week’s Question

I am a bit under the weather today, so there won’t be a show today, but I wanted to make sure we answered this week’s question. The question was: How much did the United States pay per acre for Alaska in 1867? Listen to the show for the answer! The first correct answer was from Kevin Lazar. We also had […]

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An All-New Abbreviated Thursday Show!

We’ll start off with a random trivia question: What university was founded on this date in 1868? Today is World Meteorological Day, Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship, and Day of the Sea in Bolivia. It’s unofficially National Puppy Day, National Chip and Dip Day, and National Melba Toast Day. It’s the birthday of actress Joan Crawford, who was born in 1905; […]

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1894: The First Stanley Cup Playoff

On this date in 1894, the first Stanley Cup playoff game was held. Here are a few things you may not have known about the oldest trophy in North American professional team sports. The cup was commissioned as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup by Lord Stanley of Preston, who was then the governor general of Canada. It was awarded for […]

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