July 24

WORD OF THE DAY

vambrace [vam-breys] (noun) a piece of plate armor for the forearm; a lower cannon.

TV TRIVIA

What sitcom follows the life of Liz Lemon?

A. “Just Shoot Me!”

B. “Stacked”

C. “30 Rock”

D. “Sister, Sister”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

13: Warren Buffet filed his first tax return at age 13 to report income from his paper route.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 24, 1847: After 17 months and many miles of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Jennifer Lopez (48)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. “30 Rock”

July 25

WORD OF THE DAY

abluent [ab-loo-uh nt] (adjective) serving to cleanse.

TV TRIVIA

Who was Alex P. Keaton’s youngest sibling on “Family Ties”?

A. Mallory

B. Andy

C. Jennifer

D. Skippy

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: In 1989, a new Blockbuster store was opening in America every 17 hours.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 25, 1992: The opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXV Olympiad are held in Barcelona, Spain.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Matt LeBlanc (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Less in only more where more is no good.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Jennifer

July 26

WORD OF THE DAY

lamella [luh-mel-uh] (noun) a thin plate, scale, membrane, or layer, as of bone, tissue, or cell walls.

TV TRIVIA

How does Charlie Harper die in “Two and a Half Men”?

A. Struck by a train

B. Piano falls on him

C. Falls off a skyscraper

D. Heart attack

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

40 percent: About 40 percent of Americans have never visited a dentist.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 26, 1775: The U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Sandra Bullock (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” — Charlotte Whitton

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Struck by a train

July 27

WORD OF THE DAY

verruca [vuh-roo-kuh] (noun) a small, flattish, wartlike prominence.

TV TRIVIA

What product was advertised in the first television commercial?

A. Charmin bath tissue

B. Philip Morris cigarettes

C. Winchell’s Donuts

D. Bulova watches

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

50 years: Oak trees do not have acorns until they are 50 years old or older.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 27, 1974: The House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Maya Rudolph (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” — Norman Vincent Peale

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Bulova watches

July 28

WORD OF THE DAY

aceldama [uh-sel-duh-muh] (noun) any place of slaughter or bloodshed.

TV TRIVIA

Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?

A. Harry S. Truman

B. Herbert Hoover

C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

D. Dwight D. Eisenhower

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4 hours: It takes up to 4 hours to hard boil an ostrich egg.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 28, 1868: Following its ratification, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African-Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Cartoonist Jim Davis (72)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” — Euripides

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

July 29

WORD OF THE DAY

noctilucent [nok-tuh-loo-suh nt] (adjective) (of high-altitude clouds) visible during the short night of the summer.

TV TRIVIA

What was the name of the family dog on “The Brady Bunch”?

A. Fluffy

B. Hermann

C. Tiger

D. Old Yeller

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

350: Pain travels through the body at 350 feet per second.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 29, 1958: The U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Wil Wheaton (45)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” — William Shakespeare

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Tiger

July 30

WORD OF THE DAY

odeum [oh-dee-uh m] a hall, theater, or other structure for musical or dramatic performances.

TV TRIVIA

What position did Sam Malone play for the Boston Red Sox before buying the bar on “Cheers”?

A. Pitcher

B. Catcher

C. Shortstop

D. Center field

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

10 percent: About 10 percent of U.S. households pay their bills in cash.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 30, 1619: In Jamestown, Virginia, the first elected legislative assembly in the New World – the House of Burgesses – convenes in the choir of the town’s church.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (70)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” — Bruce Lee

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Pitcher