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




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