In the Know #7

10 01 2008

January 11, 2008

Word of the Day from Dictionary.com:

imprimatur \im-prih-MAH-tur; -MAY-\, noun:
1. Official license or approval to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; especially, such a license issued by the Roman Catholic episcopal authority.
2. Approval; sanction.
3. A mark of approval or distinction.

Today in history, according to Wikipedia:

1759 – The first American life insurance company is incorporated in Philadelphia.

1949 – First recorded snowfall in Los Angeles (pictured).

1964 – United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry publishes a report that smoking may be hazardous to health, the first such statement made by the U.S. government.

1972 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.

2001 – The Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of AOL and Time Warner.


Today’s Famous Births:

1775 – Alexander Hamilton (pictured), first United States Secretary of the Treasury

1923 – Carroll Shelby, American race car driver and automobile designer

1946 – John Piper, American theologian

1946 – Naomi Judd, American singer

1971 – Mary J. Blige, American singer

Trivia:
Today’s category – Samurai

~ Samurai (pictured) were aristocratic warrior nobility.

~ The rise of the samurai came during the 12th century wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans.

~ At one time, samurai had the right to cut down anyone who offended them.

~ Masterless samurai were known as ronin.

~ Samurai comes from the Japanese verb meaning “to serve”.

~ Ronin means “drifting person”.

I always wondered…
…about the Presidential line of succession

The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 established the list of representatives who would succeed to the Presidency upon the incapacity, death, resignation or removal of the President.

The list is as follows:
1 – Vice-President/President of the Senate: Dick Cheney
2 – Speaker of the House of Representatives: Nancy Pelosi
3 – President Pro Tempore of the Senate: Robert Byrd (pictured)
4 – Secretary of State: Condoleezza Rice
5 – Secretary of the Treasury: Henry Paulson
6 – Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates
7 – Attorney General: Michael Mukasey
8 – Secretary of the Interior: Dirk Kempthorne
9 – Secretary of Agriculture: Charles Conner (acting)
10 – Secretary of Commerce: Carlos Gutierrez (non-natural)
11 – Secretary of Labor: Elaine Chao (non-natural)
12 – Secretary of Health and Human Services: Michael Leavitt
13 – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Alphonso Jackson
14 – Secretary of Transportation: Mary Peters
15 – Secretary of Energy: Samuel Bodman
16 – Secretary of Education: Margaret Spellings
17 – Secretary of Veterans Affairs: James Peake
18 – Secretary of Homeland Security (newly added in 2006): Michael Chertoff

– Non-natural-born citizens are ineligible to succeed to the Presidency.
– Any office-holder not approved by the Senate (“acting”) is ineligible to succeed to the Presidency.

[Reference “samurai”: education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry/samurai] [References from Wikipedia.org unless otherwise noted]

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