In the Know #24

28 01 2009

January 28, 2009’s Word of the Day

yielding \YEEL-ding\, adjective:
1. not resisting; compliant
2. not stiff or rigid; easily bent or shaped

In the news:

US novelist John Updike, author of “The Witches of Eastwick“, dies at 76.

A New Zealand man finds sensitive US military information on a used mp3 player.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:436px-uscg_s_wsvg

1547 – Henry VIII dies and is succeeded by his son Edward VI.

1902 – The Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington, D.C.

1915 – US Congress creates the US Coast Guard (seal pictured).

1958 – Lego patents its toy brick.

1986 – Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff killing all 7 crew members.

Today’s Famous Births:

1457 – Henry VII, English monarch

1841 – Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh explorer, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” (arguable)

1864 – Charles W. Nash, American automobile pioneer, co-founder of Buick and Nash Motors

1890 – Robert Stroud, American convict, the “Birdman of Alcatraz”398px-nicolas_sarkozy_medef

1912 – Jackson Pollack, American painter, No. 5

1936 – Alan Alda, American actor and director, “M*A*S*H

1954 – Rick Warren, American pastor, Saddleback Church

1955 – Nicolas Sarkozy (pictured: Creative Commonsauthor), President of France

1959 – Frank Darabont, American filmmaker, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile

1974 – Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan MLB player, 6-time All-Star

1977 – Daunte Culpepper, American NFL player, 3-time Pro Bowl

1981 – Elijah Wood, American actor, Lord of the Rings


In the Know #23

27 01 2009

January 27, 2009’s Word of the Day

wanton \WON-tn\, adjective:
1. reckless, heartless, or malicious; without reason or excuse
2. not moral; lewd, lascivious

In the news:

The US Senate confirms Timothy F. Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury.

A California woman has given birth to octuplets.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:

98 – Trajan becomes Roman Emperor.apollo_1_patch

1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, becoming the first public university (in name only – UNC-Chapel Hill admitted students before UGA was completed) in America.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is formed in Washington, D.C.

1944 – The 872-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.

1945 – The Soviet Red Army arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

1961 – A launchpad fire aboard Apollo 1 (patch pictured) kills astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Ed White, and Roger B. Chaffee.

1973 – The Paris Peace Accords officially ends the Vietnam War.

Today’s Famous Births:official_roberts_cj

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer

1832 – Lewis Carroll, English author, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

1901 – Art Rooney, American football team owner, 4-time Super Bowl Champion

1921 – Donna Reed, American actress, It’s a Wonderful Life

1955 – John G. Roberts (pictured), 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1957 – Frank Miller, American comic book author and film director, “300

1969 – Patton Oswald, American actor and comedian

In the Know #22

26 01 2009

January 26, 2009’s Word of the Day

vacuous \VAK-yoo-uhs\, adjective:
1. showing no intelligence or thought
2. having no meaning or direction; empty

In the news:

US drug company Pfizer plans to take over rival Wyeth in a $68B dollar deal.

Two girls are killed and seven others wounded in a shooting outside of a Portland, Oregon nightclub.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:

1564 – A papal bull issued after The Council of Trent establishes a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.phantom

1788 – The British First Fleet sails into Port Jackson to establish Sydney, the first permanent English settlement in Australia.

1837 – Michigan is admitted as the 26th state.

1988 – Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera (pictured) debuts on Broadway.

1998 – On American television, US President Bill Clinton denies having “sexual relations” with former White house intern Monica Lewinsky.

Today’s Famous Births:

1880 – Douglas MacArthur, American General, Medal of Honor recipient

1905 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-born singer, inspiration for The Sound of Music

1925 – Paul Newman, American actor, Cool Hand Luke

1935 – Bob Uecker, Amiercan baseball player and sportscasterluke

1941 – Scott Glenn, American actor, The Right Stuff

1946 – Gene Siskel, American film critic, “Siskel & Ebert

1955 – Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American musician, Van Halen

1958 – Ellen Degeneres, American actress and comedienne, “The Ellen Show

1961 – Wayne Gretzky, Canadian hockey player, “The Great One”

1970 – Kirk Franklin, American musician, multiple Grammy Award and Dove Award winner

1977 – Vince Carter, American basketball player, 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year and 8-time All Star and 2000 Olympic gold medalist

In the Know #21

26 01 2009

January 25, 2009’s Word of the Day

unconscionable \uhn-KON-shuh-nuh-buhl\, adjective:
1. not influenced or guided by conscience
2. very great

In the news:

Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops, who were consecrated without Pope John Paul II‘s permission.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:

1915 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first transcontinental telephone call to his associate Thomas Watson.

1919 – The League of Nations (predecessor to the United Nations) is founded.750px-nasa_mars_rover

1924 – The first Winter Olympics take place in Chamonix, France.

1937 – The Guiding Light, the longest running drama in television history, premieres on NBC.

1945 – The Battle of the Bulge ends.

1949 – The first Emmy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

1961 – John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.

2004 – Opportunity rover (pictured) lands on Mars.

Today’s Famous Births:

1627 – Robert Boyle, Irish chemist, Boyle’s Law

1743 – Friedrich H. Jacobi, German philosopher, coined the term “nihilism657px-robert_burns

1759 – Robert Burns (pictured), Scottish poet, “Auld Lang Syne

1825 – George Pickett, Confederate General, “Pickett’s Charge” at Gettysburg

1882 – Virginia Woolf, English writer

1929 – Benny Golson, American Jazz musician

1941 – Buddy Baker, American race car driver, 1980 Daytona 500 winner

1942 – Eusebio, Portuguese footballer, 1965 & 1966 World Soccer Player of the Year

1951 – Steve Prefontaine, American runner

1981 – Alicia Keys, American singer, “No One

1985 – Patrick Willis, American football player, 2-time Pro Bowl selection


25 01 2009


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In the know #20

24 01 2009

January 24, 2009’s Word of the Day

talisman \TAL-is-muhn, TAL-iz-muhn\, noun:

1. an object, such as a ring, engraved with figures supposed to have magic power; charm
2. anything that seems to produce extraordinary results

In the news:

The number of unique internet users reached one billion in December of 2008.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:360px-us_department_of_homeland_security_sealsvg

41 – Gaius Caesar (Caligula) is assassinated by his Praetorian Guard.

1848 – James W. Marshall discovers gold at Sutter’s Mill, sparking the California Gold Rush.

1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.

2003 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (seal pictured) officially begins operation.

Today’s Famous Births:

76 – Hadrian, Roman Emperor

1705 – Farinelli, Italian castrati

1862 – Edith Whaton, American writer, The Age of Innocence427px-ernest-borgnine_2004

1917 – Ernest Borgnine (pictured), American actor, McHale’s Navy

1918 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist

1939 – Ray Stevens, American musician, “The Streak” and “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival

1941 – Neil Diamond, American musician, “Sweet Caroline

1949 – John Belushi, American actor, Animal House and “Saturday Night Live

1951 – Yakov Smirnoff, Ukranian-American comedian

1968 – Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast, 1984 Olympic gold medalist

In the know #19

23 01 2009

January 23, 2009’s Word of the Day:

sallow \SAL-oh\, adjective:
having a sickly, yellowish color

In the news:

The nominees for the 81st Academy Awards are announced.

Heath Ledger receives a nomination for a Best Supporting Actor Award on the one-year anniversary of his death.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button receives 13 nominations for Academy Awards.

Two people are sentenced to death for producing and selling melamine-infused milk in China.

Microsoft announces it is cutting 5,000 jobs due to a decline in demand for PC’s.

The Israeli military admits using 20 white phosphorus bombs in the Gaza offensive.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:

1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.

1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D., becoming the United States’ first female doctor.

1960 – The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet)in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench.

1973 – President Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.

1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

2002 – Journalist and reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped by a group calling themselves The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.

Today’s Famous Births:

1737 – John Hancock, American statesman

1832 – Edouard Manet, French impressionist painter

1855 – John Browning, American inventor, Browning

1898 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian filmmaker, Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin)

1943 – Gil Gerard, American actor, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, American actor, MacGyver

1953 – Alister E. McGrath, British theologian and scientist

1975 – Tito Ortiz, Mexican-American UFC fighter, former Light Heavyweight Champion