In the Know #21

26 01 2009

January 25, 2009

Dictionary.com’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

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