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Morning Minutes: Jan. 30

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Mahatma muh-HAHT-muh (noun) A person to be revered for high-mindedness, wisdom and selflessness; a person of great prestige in a field of endeavor - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Bills Are In
www.billsarein.com

Do you live with roommates and constantly forget who owes what? Managing bills can be overwhelming, and this new site helps you keep track of living expenses, remember I.O.Us, and note details of who’s paying and who’s not.

Number to Know

204: Most rushing yards in a single Super Bowl by a player, a record set by Timmy Smith.

This Day in History

Jan. 30, 1948: Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Christian Bale (38)

Daily Quote

“A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was born on this date in 1882.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 31

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Meld MELD (verb) Merge, blend - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Zane Grey’s West Society
www.zgws.org

Today is the birthday of western writer Zane Grey (he was born in 1872), so head to this website, which “works to promote interest in and knowledge of” Grey. Here you can learn about Grey himself, his works, the annual Zane Grey convention and more.

Number to Know

3: Most rushing touchdowns in a single Super Bowl by a player, a record set by Terrell Davis.

This Day in History

Jan. 31, 2009: In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and more than 200 are injured after an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician/actor Justin Timberlake (31)

Daily Quote

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” - Jackie Robinson, who was born on this date in 1919.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 1

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Grandee grand-DEE (noun) A man of elevated rank or station - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Black History Month
www.history.com/topics/black-history-month

February is Black History Month. This website from History.com has a wealth of information about the month and about important African-American leaders throughout the years. There are videos, articles, photos, links and more.

Number to Know

215: Most receiving yards in a single Super Bowl, a record set by the great Jerry Rice.

This Day in History

Feb. 1, 2003: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Michael C. Hall (41)

Daily Quote

“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” - Langston Hughes, who was born on this date in 1902.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 2

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Flummox FLUM-uks (verb) Confuse - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Groundhog Day
www.groundhog.org

Today is Groundhog Day! This website, brought to you by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, has all sorts of fun stuff for the day’s activities. Here you can see what Punxsutawney Phil predicted, send “happy Groundhog Day” e-cards, learn the history of the day and more. 

Number to Know

3: Most receiving touchdowns in a single Super Bowl, another record set by Jerry Rice.

This Day in History

Feb. 2, 1887: In Punxsutawney, Pa., the first Groundhog Day is observed.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Shakira (35)

Daily Quote

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” - James Joyce, who was born on this date in 1882.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 3

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Concrete kahn-KREET (adjective) Naming a real thing or class of things; formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass; relating to or involving specific people, things or actions rather than general ideas or qualities; relating to or made of concrete - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

WorldWideTelescope
www.worldwidetelescope.org

This site holds astronomical data from the world’s biggest telescopes. Suddenly, anyone can navigate through the depths of the universe. This tool is used by students and scientists and collects everything we know about the universe in one database.

Number to Know

54: Yards long of the longest Super Bowl field goal ever, a record set by Steve Christie.

This Day in History

Feb. 3, 1959: A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as “the day the music died.”

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Morgan Fairchild (62)

Daily Quote

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” - Gertrude Stein, who was born on this date in 1874.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 4

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Netroots NET-roots (noun) The grassroots political activists who communicate via the Internet especially by blogs - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Aardvark
www.vark.com

If you have a question and the typical search engine is just not understanding your goal, this site can help. It is a search engine of your inner network of friends and friends of friends. After signing up, Aardvark will track down the best people for answering your question, which means you got the answer from a human, not a search engine.

Number to Know

55: Most points scored by a single team in a Super Bowl game, a record set by the San Francisco 49ers.

This Day in History

Feb. 4, 1789: George Washington is unanimously elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya (39)

Daily Quote

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” - Rosa Parks, who was born on this date in 1913.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 5

 

Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

 

Word of the Day

Proselytize PRAH-suh-luh-tyze (verb) To induce someone to convert to one's faith; to recruit someone to join one's party, institution or cause - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Get High Now
www.gethighnow.com

This has nothing to do with drugs and everything to do with altering your brain’s perception. Visual and audio highs are played or shown to confuse your mind via illusions, and it’s all explained with brain science. Brain busters will taunt your logic, and it is addicting and fun for everyone.

Number to Know

8: Number of times the Pittsburgh Steelers have played in the Super Bowl, a record.

This Day in History

Feb. 5, 1972: Bob Douglas becomes the first African-American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Baseball great Hank Aaron (78)

Daily Quote

“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” - Hank Aaron