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Morning Minutes: Feb. 21

Word of the Day

Cavalier kav-uh-LEER (adjective) Debonair; marked by or given to offhand and often disdainful dismissal of important matters - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Presidents Day
www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents

Want to learn more about the presidents? Head to this White House website, which provides a rundown of all our presidents, as well as our first ladies and vice presidents and more. There are links to other president-related topics, too, so prepare to spend a good amount of time on this site on Presidents Day!

Number to Know

43: President Barack Obama, although regarded as the 44th president, is actually the 43rd person to hold the presidency. Grover Cleveland held the presidency in non-consecutive terms.

This Day in History

Feb. 21, 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Kelsey Grammer (56)

Daily Quote

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” - George Washington

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 22

Word of the Day

Imbue im-BYOO (verb) To tinge or dye deeply; endow - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Ted Kennedy
http://tedkennedy.org/

Sen. Ted Kennedy, one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history, was born on this date in 1932. This website has biographical information about the senator, photo galleries, video clips, tributes from when he died in 2009 and more.

Number to Know

4.30.1789: Date when George Washington became the first president of the United States. Today is Washington’s birthday.

This Day in History

Feb. 22, 1997: In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Drew Barrymore (36)

Daily Quote

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” - George Washington, who was born on this date in 1732.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 23

Word of the Day

Adversary AD-ver-sair-ee (noun) One that contends with, opposes or resists; enemy - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Restaurant coupons
www.restaurant.com

If you decide to get out of the house and go to a restaurant, never do so without a coupon. This site is known for its $10-for-$25 gift certificates, but some locations offer a range of deals as low as $5 or as high as $100. It’s easy to find local participating restaurant, just type in your ZIP code to get started.

Number to Know

3: Number of men in the famous Iwo Jima picture (see below) who were killed during the battle.

This Day in History

Feb. 23, 1945: World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Corpsman reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo would win a Pulitzer Prize and become the model for the national USMC War Memorial.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari (28)

Daily Quote

“Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.” - W.E.B. DuBois, who was born on this date in 1868.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 24

Word of the Day

Telegenic tel-uh-JEN-ik (adjective) Well-suited to the medium of television; having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Find the news
http://popurls.com/

If you are having trouble keeping up with all the news and information, consider using this site to keep everything straight. It pulls together the biggest and most popular headlines from Flickr, Twitter and other social media sites, so you’re reading the stories others are talking about.

Number to Know

1967: The year when the first chili cook-off took place, according to Bush Beans. Today is National Chili Day.

This Day in History

Feb. 24, 1942: Battle of Los Angeles: A UFO flying over wartime Los Angeles causes a blackout order and attracts a barrage of anti-aircraft fire, ultimately killing three people.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (56)

Daily Quote

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” - Steve Jobs

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 25

Word of the Day

Lobscouse LAHB-skouss (noun) A sailor's dish of stewed or baked meat with vegetables and hardtack - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Anthony Burgess
www.anthonyburgess.org

Today, on the birthday of writer Anthony Burgess (he was born in 1917), head to this website to learn more about the author of “A Clockwork Orange,” the “Enderby” series and more. This site has information about Burgess and his works, as well as scholarly information if you want to become more involved.

Number to Know

21: According to Rolling Stone, the ranking of George Harrison on the list of greatest guitarists of all time. Harrison was born on this date in 1943.

This Day in History

Feb. 25, 1870: Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African-American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Sean Astin (40)

Daily Quote

“Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.” – “Clockwork Orange” author Anthony Burgess, who was born on this date in 1917.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 26

Word of the Day

Bathetic buh-THET-ik (adjective) Characterized by triteness or sentimentalism - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

CelebrityTweet!
www.celebritytweet.com

For the celebrity- and Twitter-obsessed among us, this site aggregates the latest celebrity tweets, so you’ll never miss the latest from your favorite celebrities. And with the Oscars tomorrow, there’s sure to be some fun tweets today and tomorrow.

Number to Know

1919: Year when Grand Canyon National Park was designated a national park. It happened on this date.

This Day in History

Feb. 26, 1993: World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring more than one thousand.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer Michael Bolton (58)

Daily Quote

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” - Victor Hugo, who was born on this date in 1802.

 

Morning Minutes: Feb. 27

Word of the Day

Censure SEN-sher (verb) To find fault with and criticize as blameworthy - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

83rd Academy Awards
www.oscars.org

Hollywood’s biggest show is tonight – the Oscars. Head to this official website to see video clips, see who’s nominated in all the categories and more. And don’t forget to tune in to the broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Number to Know

41.3 million: Number of people who watched the 2010 Oscars, according to ABC. That was up from 36.3 million in 2009.

This Day in History

Feb. 27, 1991: Gulf War: President George H.W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated."

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Elizabeth Taylor (79)

Daily Quote

“Ladies and gentlemen, the show is so long that Avatar now takes place in the past." – Steve Martin at the end of last year’s Oscars broadcast.