In the Know #22

26 01 2009

January 26, 2009

Dictionary.com’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

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