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Tomorrow, Tuesday: Italian American Student Union meeting, 12:30 pm, 1212 Boylan. There are two Italian Clubs: the Italian American Student Union (IASU) and Italian Culture Club (ICC). There meetings will mostly be held together. Although our missions differ slightly, we will co-host events together so that both missions can be fulfilled. Discussed will be plans for Italian Heritage Month.

The only plane allowed to fly on 9/11 after the attacks was a plane from San Diego to Miami delivering anti-venom to a man bitten by a highly poisonous snake. It was accompanied by two jet fighters.

The Empire State Building has 73 elevators.

Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete in which sporting event?

Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, Wimbledon, The Masters?

Janet Guthrie the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Guthrie qualified for and competed in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, but finished 29th with engine troubles. She would compete in two more Indy 500s, finishing as high as ninth in the 1978 race. Overall, she competed in 11 Indy Car events finishing as high as fifth. Her helmet and race suit can be found in the Smithsonian Institution and Guthrie was one of the first elected to the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?

Francis Scott Key, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Bellamy?

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy. It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. The Pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be recited in 15 seconds. In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy’s daughter objected to this alteration. Who was the first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box?

Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Lou Gehrig ? In 1934, the breakfast cereal Wheaties began the practice of including pictures of athletes on its packaging to coincide with its slogan, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees was the first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box. Initially, and for nearly the next twenty years, the athletes were depicted on the back of the Wheaties box or on its side panels. Athletes appearing on the front of the Wheaties box would not begin until the 1950s. Gehrig would later make another appearance on a Wheaties box in 1992.

The song “America the Beautiful” was inspired by a trip to which American landmark?

Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Pikes Peak, Statue of Liberty?

Pikes Peak, located in the Rocky Mountains, is one of the most famous summits in the United States. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike who was unable to reach the summit. In July 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song “America the Beautiful”, after having admired the view from the top of Pikes Peak. A plaque commemorating the words to the song was placed at the summit. The song is one of the most popular of the many American patriotic songs.

The Empire State Building has 73 elevators.

Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

 

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