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




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