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Morning Minutes: June 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

Credulous KREJ-uh-lus (adjective) Ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence; proceeding from credulity - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Big Cartoon DataBase
www.bcdb.com

Browse your favorite cartoon classics and animated films. This searchable resource compiles information about cartoons, including production details such as voice actors, producers and directors, as well as plot summaries and user reviews of cartoons.

Number to Know

2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. – Census.gov

This Day in History

June 27, 1844: Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Ill., jail.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Tobey Maguire (36)

Daily Quote

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” - Thomas Paine

 

Morning Minutes: June 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

Enfant terrible ahn-fahn-teh-REE-bluh (noun) A child whose inopportune remarks cause embarrassment; a person known for shocking remarks or outrageous behavior; a usually young and successful person who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative or avant-garde - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

BookSwim
www.bookswim.com

Kind of like Netflix for books, BookSwim is an online book rental club that delivers books to your doorstep. Choose among four different price plans, create a list of books you want to read, and wait for them to arrive.  

Number to Know

311.7 million: The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth. – Census.gov

This Day in History

June 28, 1997: Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield II – Tyson is disqualified in the 3rd round for biting a piece from Holyfield's ear.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/director Mel Brooks (85)

Daily Quote

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” - Elmer Davis

 

Morning Minutes: June 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

Deleterious del-uh-TEER-ee-us (adjective) Harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Dumpr
www.dumpr.net

Have fun with your photos on this site. Upload your photos and then add effects. Turn an image into a jigsaw puzzle, put your photo in a museum or on a mousepad, transform it into a sketch, and more.

Number to Know

$190.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million). – Census.gov

This Day in History

June 29, 1956: The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Gary Busey (67)

Daily Quote

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” - Erma Bombeck

 

Morning Minutes: June 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

Iota eye-OH-tuh (noun) The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet; an infinitesimal amount, jot - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Corvette Fever
www.corvettefever.com

On this day in 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich. This online magazine has features on vintage cars, how-to tips on restoring or fixing your ‘Vette, an online community and much more.

Number to Know

$3.2 million: In 2010, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. – Census.gov

This Day in History

June 30, 1864: President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation."

Today’s Featured Birthday

Swimmer Michael Phelps (26)

Daily Quote

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” - Louis D. Brandeis

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Lambent LAM-bunt (adjective) Playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering; softly bright or radiant; marked by lightness or brilliance especially of expression - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Switched
www.switched.com

This blog covers the digital world with entertainment, sports, art, fashion and gadgets for everyday living. From reviews of new products to features on privacy concerns, the wide scope of this site will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology.

Number to Know

$486,026: Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth. – Census.gov

This Day in History

July 1, 1963: ZIP codes are introduced for U.S. mail.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Dan Aykroyd (59)

Daily Quote

“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” - Daniel Webster

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Nictitate NIK-tuh-tayt (verb) Wink - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

American Life
www.america.gov/amlife.html

In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, visit this site to read about the people, places and culture that help our great country thrive. Check out the blogs and photo galleries, and participate in upcoming Webchats.

Number to Know

$98.3 billion: Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today. – Census.gov

This Day in History

July 2, 1937: Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/writer Larry David (64)

Daily Quote

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” - Robert J. McCracken

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Mumblety-peg MUM-bul-tee-peg (noun) A game in which the players try to flip a knife from various positions so that the blade will stick into the ground - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Independence Hall
http://www.ushistory.org/tour/tour_indhall.htm

Get ready for July Fourth with a tour of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the building in which the Declaration of Independence was adopted. There is tons of cool trivia, and you can browse the site for other historic Philadelphia landmarks.

Number to Know

6.8 billion pounds: Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation's total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds). - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

This Day in History

July 3, 1986: President Ronald Reagan presides over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Tom Cruise (49)

Daily Quote

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” - Benjamin Franklin