National Trivia Day: Long Island Fun Facts, Famous Long Islanders & Where To Play!

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  04. January 2015

Do you find yourself sitting patiently by the television nightly waiting for Jeopardy to come on ABC? Is Trivial Pursuit one of your favorite board games? Are your family and friends in awe of all of your seemingly useless trivia knowledge? Well you’re in luck, because January 4th is National Trivia Day! In honor of National Trivia Day, give your brain a good workout and learn something new!

Check out these great Long Island facts, famous Long Islanders, and places to go on the Island to partake in a round or two of trivia!

Fun Facts About Long Island

  • Long Island makes up approximately 40% of New York State’s population.
  • The 1941 film, "Citizen Kane," used photographs of Oheka Castle in Huntington to depict Xanadu.
  • Glen Cove was the first community on Long Island to have phone service.
  • From New York Harbor to Montauk Point, Long Island extends 118 miles.
  • In the 1930s Camp Siegfried in Yaphank was a popular spot for Nazis and Hitler supporters.
  • The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" is set on the North Shore of Long Island.
  • The Hauppauge Industrial Park is the largest industrial park on the East Coast.

Famous Long Islanders

  • John Williams – This composer, infamous for working on soundtracks like the "Star Wars" series, "Indiana Jones" Series, "Jurassic Park" series, and many other big name films, was born right in Floral Park.
  • Mariah Carey – Born and raised on Long Island, this Huntington-born multiplatinum diva dominated the music charts in the 1990’s and even now, with her newest album released in 2014, is still making waves.
  • William Floyd – One of the men of the First Continental Congress and signer of the Constitution of the United States of America, William Floyd was born in Brookhaven. Hence the use of the name, William Floyd Parkway!
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – This former First Lady, and fashion icon, was born on the southeastern fork of Long Island in Southampton.
  • Walt Whitman – Born in the West Hills/Huntington area, you can make a short trip to visit the birthplace of this famous American poet! It’s located right across from the Walt Whitman Mall!

Trivia Nights On Long Island

Shandon Court
115 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730
Wednesdays at 7:30PM

Harmony Vineyards
169 Harbor Road, Head of the Harbor, NY 11790
Fridays at 8PM

John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House
2093 Smith Haven Plaza, Lake Grove, NY 11755
Wednesdays at 7PM

228 Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Tuesdays at 8PM

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