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Morning Minutes: Oct. 4

Word of the Day

Bona fides boh-nuh-FYE-deez (noun) Good faith; sincerity; evidence of one's good faith or genuineness; evidence of one's qualifications or achievements - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

World Animal Day
www.worldanimalday.org.uk/index.asp

Today is World Animal Day, a day devoted to appreciating animals. Many events are being held on this day, including pet blessings. On this site, you’ll find some listings of events, or you can learn more about World Animal Day and how you can help.

Number to Know

1931: Year when World Animal Day was first held. It is on Oct. 4 because today is the feast day of Francis of Assisi.

This Day in History

Oct. 4, 1965: Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, becoming the first pope to ever visit the U.S.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Author Anne Rice (69)

Daily Quote

“One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.” – President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was born on this date in 1822.

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 5

Word of the Day

Sisyphean sis-uh-FEE-un (adj.) Of, relating to or suggestive of the labors of Sisyphus; requiring continual and often ineffective effort - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

PBS
www.pbs.org

Today, on the birthday of PBS (see This Day in History), check out the official website of the company. Here you can find TV schedules, games for kids, videos, a donation page and more.

Number to Know

1994: Year that World Teachers' Day was begun. It is held annually on Oct. 5.

This Day in History

Oct. 5, 1970: The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Kate Winslet (35)

Daily Quote

“Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.” – President Chester A. Arthur, who was born on this date in 1829.

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 6

Word of the Day

Paranymph PAIR-uh-nimf (noun) A friend going with a bridegroom to fetch home the bride in ancient Greece; the bridesmaid conducting the bride to the bridegroom; best man; bridesmaid - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

German-American Heritage Foundation
www.gahfusa.org

Today, on German-American Day, check out this website, which is dedicated to the contributions of German-Americans. The site has information about the group, information about the museum in Washington, D.C., and more.

Number to Know

1983: Year when German-American Day was revived in the U.S. The commemoration – held every Oct. 6 – was discontinued during World War I.

This Day in History

Oct. 6, 1945: Billy Sianis and his pet billy goat are ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, beginning the Curse of the Billy Goat.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Elisabeth Shue (47)

Daily Quote

“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 7

Word of the Day

Laconic luh-KAH-nik (adj.) Using or involving the use of a minimum of words; concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Halloween 2010
www.halloween.com

It’s never too early to get started on your Halloween costume or decorating your house for the spooky holiday, so head to this site to get some ideas. It has do-it-yourself tips, a haunted house guide, facts about the holiday and much more. 

Number to Know

222-0: The score of the most lopsided college football game in history. It happened on this date in 1916 when Georgia Tech crushed Cumberland University.

This Day in History

Oct. 7, 2001: The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Talent-show judge Simon Cowell (51)

Daily Quote

“Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.” - Chris Rock

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 8

Word of the Day

Zenith ZEE-nith (noun) The point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the nadir and vertically above the observer; the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body; culminating point; acme - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Allrecipes.com, Pierogi
http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/pierogi-polish-dumplings/Detail.aspx

Today is National Pierogi Day, and if you’ve ever wanted to try making some of these dumplings, check out this recipe, which has received rave reviews from the Allrecipes community. If you want to try something different, just Google “pierogi recipes.”

Number to Know

25 feet tall: Height of the "Giant Perogy" in Glendon, Alberta.

This Day in History

Oct. 8, 2001: President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Matt Damon (40)

Daily Quote

“I feel happy to terrify kids.” – Author R. L. Stine, who was born on this date in 1943.

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 9

Word of the Day

Auxiliary awg-ZILL-yuh-ree (adj.) Offering or providing help; functioning in a subsidiary capacity; constituting a reserve; supplementary - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

John Lennon: The Official Site
www.johnlennon.com

Are you a fan of John Lennon or The Beatles? Head to this website today, which is the birthday of Lennon (he was born in 1940). The site has news, a biography, a discography, videos, photos and more.

Number to Know

5; Ranking of John Lennon in a 2008 Rolling Stone list of greatest singers.

This Day in History

Oct. 9, 1967: A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Tony Shalhoub (57)

Daily Quote

“If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost.” - Lloyd Douglas

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 10

Word of the Day

Synchronicity sing-kruh-NISS-uh-tee (noun) The quality or fact of being simultaneous; the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Giuseppe Verdi: Official Site
www.giuseppeverdi.it/visInglese/Default.asp

Today, on the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi (he was born on this date in 1813), head to this site, which has information on the great composer, a guide to Verdi tours and, of course, excerpts from his music.

Number to Know

10: Today is 10.10.10. In non-‘10 years, it’s known as Double Tenth Day.

This Day in History

Oct. 10, 1973: Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with federal income tax evasion.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Quarterback Brett Favre (41)

Daily Quote

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” - Arthur Conan Doyle Sr.