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Morning Minutes: July 25

 

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

Mosque MAHSK (noun) A building used for public worship by Muslims - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

eCampus.com
www.ecampus.com

Textbooks are a pricey problem for many college students. This site makes things a bit easier this back to school season. There’s a large selection of discount books (searchable by title, author, ISN or keyword), plus textbooks to rent.

Number to Know

16,726: Number of rushing yards Walter Payton had in his career, the second most ever.

This Day in History

July 25, 1978: Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby," is born.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Matt LeBlanc (44)

Daily Quote

“If you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.” – Football great Walter Payton, who was born on this date in 1954.

 

Morning Minutes: July 26

 

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

Hyperborean hye-per-BOR-ee-un (adjective) Of or relating to an extreme northern region; frozen; of or relating to any of the arctic peoples - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

International Shaw Society
www.shawsociety.org

Celebrate the birthday of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw with this site. The International Shaw Society is a great resource for those interested in Shaw’s life, works and ideas. There’s even a list of Shaw-based festivals around the U.S.

Number to Know

1: Number of Academy Awards that Sandra Bullock has won. She won Best Actress for “The Blind Side.”

This Day in History

July 26, 1990: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Sandra Bullock (47)

Daily Quote

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” - Carl Jung, who was born on this day in 1875.

 

Morning Minutes: July 27

 

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

Amanuensis uh-man-yuh-WEN-sis (noun) One employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

I’m An Organizing Junkie
orgjunkie.com

Even the most disorganized person can benefit from the tips and tricks on this blog. From cute wicker baskets to tidy up your shelves to menu planning advice, you’re sure to find ways to simplify your busy life.

Number to Know

85: Number of people killed at the world’s worst air show disaster, which happened on this date in 2002 in Lviv, Ukraine. More than 100 people were injured as well.

This Day in History

July 27, 1996: In Atlanta, a pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Alice Hawthorne is killed, and a cameraman suffers a heart attack fleeing the scene. 111 are injured.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez (36)

Daily Quote

“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.” – TV legend Norman Lear, who was born on this date in 1922.

 

Morning Minutes: July 28

 

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

Mantic MAN-tik (adjective) Of or relating to the faculty of divination; prophetic - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

If you’re looking for ways to go green, or just trying to keep up-to-date on environmental news, this is the site for you. The Daily Green features daily news, tips, recipes and more. The features will help you save money, energy and the Earth.

Number to Know

45 million: Approximate number of copies sold of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” making it one of the best-selling books of all time. The book’s author, Beatrix Potter, was born on this date in 1866.

This Day in History

July 28, 1868: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is passed, establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Garfield creator Jim Davis (66)

Daily Quote

“Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” - Jim Davis

 

Morning Minutes: July 29

 

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

Extenuate ik-STEN-yuh-wayt (verb) To lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses; mitigate; to lessen the strength or effect of - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

NASA
www.nasa.gov

NASA’s website is packed with information and resources. There is information about the space shuttle program; information for teachers, students and those curious about space; multimedia presentations; blogs; NASA history information; astronomy facts; and more. 

Number to Know

1958: Year on this date when NASA was created. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the bill creating the administration.

This Day in History

July 29, 1981: Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer are married.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Country singer Martina McBride (45)

Daily Quote

“Have a sense of humor about life - you will need it. And be courteous.” - Peter Jennings, who was born on this date in 1938.

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Supposititious suh-pah-zuh-TISH-us (adjective) Fraudulently substituted; spurious; of a child; falsely presented as a genuine heir; illegitimate; imaginary; of the nature of or based on a supposition; hypothetical - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/collections/online.aspx

More than just a museum, The Henry Ford has exhibits, a factory tour, a research center and an IMAX theater. The online exhibits focus on subjects beyond the automotive pioneer and his Model T, including costumes, toys and more.

Number to Know

1965: Year when Medicare and Medicaid were created. It happened on this date when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law.

This Day in History

July 30, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Arnold Schwarzenegger (64)

Daily Quote

“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?” - Emily Bronte, who was born on this date in 1818.

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Brouhaha BROO-hah-hah (noun) A state of commotion or excitement; hubbub, uproar - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Stacks for Kids
www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks

These interactive pages from Scholastic Books help kids develop a love for reading. Young readers can find their favorite characters or stories and play games, watch videos and more. There also are discussion boards for kids to share their literary thoughts.

Number to Know

$1 billion: Estimated net worth of J.K. Rowling, according to Forbes.

This Day in History

July 31, 1961: At Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain.

Today’s Featured Birthday

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling (46)

Daily Quote

“It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling