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Morning Minutes: Jan. 9

 

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

Burke BERK (verb) To suppress quietly or indirectly; bypass, avoid - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
www.nixonlibrary.gov

Want to learn more about President Richard Nixon? Head to the official website of his presidential library and learn all about his career, including Watergate. There also is information for those wishing to visit the actual museum in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Number to Know

1913: Year on this date when Richard Milhous Nixon was born.

This Day in History

Jan. 9, 1951: The United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Kate Middleton (30)

Daily Quote

“Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.” - Richard M. Nixon

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 10

 

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

Shilly-shally SHIL-ee-SHAL-ee (verb) To show hesitation or lack of decisiveness or resolution; dawdle - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Curiosity Shoppe
www.curiosityshoppeonline.com

With “crafts, kits and curios for the creatively inclined,” this online retailer stocks some pretty interesting items. From knitted coffee sleeves and slingshot pencils to a make-your-own-ukulele kit, there are great gift ideas for yourself or others.

Number to Know

192: Number of member states in the United Nations. Today is United Nations Day.

This Day in History

Jan. 10, 1984: The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations after 117 years.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Rod Stewart (67)

Daily Quote

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 11

 

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

Comity KAH-muh-tee (noun) Friendly civility; courtesy - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Sports-Reference.com
www.sports-reference.com

If you’re a sports fan, this portal website is a goldmine – it links to online statistics encyclopedias for all the major sports. There is so much information on the pages, you’ll be here for hours just browsing. This is a must for any sports fan, and a great reference for anyone blogging about sports.

Number to Know

25, 20: Percent of men (25) and women (20) in the U.S. who smoke, according to www.americanheart.org. Today is Cigarettes Are Hazardous to Your Health Day.

This Day in History

Jan. 11, 1964: Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry publishes a landmark report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking nation- and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Mary J. Blige (41)

Daily Quote

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 12

 

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

Gulosity goo-LAH-suh-tee (noun) Excessive appetite; greediness - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Jack London Online Collection
http://london.sonoma.edu

Today is the birthday of writer Jack London (he was born in 1876). Head to this site to learn more about the writer and his works, many of which are on this site as well.

Number to Know

230,000: Approximate number of people killed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which happened on this day last year.

This Day in History

Jan. 12, 1991: Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Amazon.com founder-CEO Jeff Bezos (48)

Daily Quote

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 13

 

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

Woolgathering WOOL-gath-uh-ring (noun) Indulgence in idle daydreaming - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Public radio
www.publicradiofan.com

Today is Public Radio Broadcasting Day, so head to this site, which lists all sorts of public radio stations. You can find stations by towns, by topics and much more, as well as search by program. Most programs can be found in the form of podcasts as well, and this site has a large database of shows.

Number to Know

16: Highest position on the Billboard Top 40 chart of “Rubber Duckie,” Ernie’s song on “Sesame Street.” Today is Rubber Duckie Day in honor of Ernie’s duck, whose birthday is today, according to rubaduck.com.

This Day in History

Jan. 13, 1990: L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African-American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Va.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (51)

Daily Quote

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 14

 

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

Bogus BOH-gus (adjective) Not genuine; counterfeit, sham - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Sesame Street
www.sesamestreet.org

This website was named to Time magazine’s “best of 2010” list, and deservedly so – it has a wealth of fun features for children and adults. Kids can play games, learn more about their favorite characters and much more, while parents can get teaching advice and more.

Number to Know

16: Hours that a cat can remember something, according to www.petinsurance.com. Dogs’ memories last only about five minutes. So if you want to take part today in National Dress Up Your Pet Day, keep that in mind – an offended dog will get over it much more quickly than a cat.

This Day in History

Jan. 14, 1952: NBC's morning news program “Today” debuts, with host Dave Garroway.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Jason Bateman (43)

Daily Quote

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 15

 

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

Quincunx KWIN-kunks (noun) An arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The King Center
www.thekingcenter.org

The King Center, established by Coretta Scott King, is dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit this site today, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (he was born in 1929), to read about the civil rights pioneer, listen to his speeches and more.

Number to Know

1986: Year when Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared a national holiday. Today is King’s birthday.

This Day in History

Jan. 15, 1967: The first Super Bowl is played. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Los Angeles.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Football star Drew Brees (33)

Daily Quote

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.