In the know #18

22 01 2009

January 22, 2009

Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day:

rancor \RANG-ker\, noun:
bitter resentment or ill will; extreme hatred or spite

In the news:

Newly inaugurated President Barack Obama suspends trials of detainees of Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Barack Obama gives the oath of office inside the White House after stumbling over the words at the January 20 inauguration.

Toyota surpasses General Motors as the world’s largest automaker.

The U.S. Senate confirms Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

General Motors gets a second loan from TARP totaling $5.4B.

Today in History, according to Wikipedia:

1521 – Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms

1889 – Columbia Phonograph (now Columbia Records) was formed

1901 – Edward VII becomes King after Queen Victoria dies

1905 – Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, Russia

1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the CIA

1957 – George Metesky, New York’s “Mad Bomber” was arrested in Connecticutt and charged with planting 30 bombs467px-pioneer_10_construction

1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court delivers its verdict in Roe v. Wade allowing abortion

1984 – The Apple Macintosh was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII via the famous “1984” ad

1987 – Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots himself at a national press conference on live television

2002 – KMart Corporation becomes the largest retailer in US history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

2003 – Last successful contact with spacecraft Pioneer 10 (pictured),  at a distance of 7.5 billion miles away

2006 – Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, their first indigenous president

Today’s Famous Births:

1561 – Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher

1788 – George Gordon Byron, English poetrasputin-pd

1869 – Grigori Rasputin (pictured), Russian monk

1875 – D.W. Griffith, American film director, The Birth of a Nation

1909 – U Thant, 3rd Secretary General of the U.N.

1931 – Sam Cook, American singer, “Chain Gang

1935 – Graham Kerr, British-born chef, “The Galloping Gourmet

1949 – Steve Perry, American singer and musician, Journey

1965 –Diane Lane, American Actress, “Lonesome Dove

1965 – Jeffrey Townes, “DJ Jazzy Jeff,” American musician and actor, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

1988 – Greg Oden, American basketball player, overall first pick in the 2007 NBA draft

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2 responses

24 01 2009
Martin LaBar

Rasputin and Pioneer 10. Quite a pair.

25 01 2009
Jon Brady

Seems neither one wanted to die, huh?

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