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Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Regale rih-GAIL (verb) To entertain sumptuously; to feast with delicacies; to give pleasure or amusement to - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

All About Apples
www.allaboutapples.com/varieties

In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, head to this apple website, which lists the many varieties of apples. There also is a link to find an orchard near you, as well as other apple-related information.

Number to Know

7.5 percent: Amount of apples that the U.S. produces for the world, the second highest amount (China is first).

This Day in History

Sept. 26, 1960: In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John (63)

Daily Quote

“Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It's better than art because it's from the creator.” - Olivia Newton-John

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Veridical vuh-RID-ih-kul (adj.) Truthful, veracious; not illusory, genuine - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Tourism & Biodiversity
www.unwto.org/worldtourismday/index.php?lang=E

Today is World Tourism Day, so head to this official website from the World Tourism Organization. The theme of this year’s annual event is “Tourism & Biodiversity” and is being celebrated in China.

Number to Know

1.6 million: Tourists that are expected worldwide by 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization. In 2006, there were 842 million tourists. 

This Day in History

Sept. 27, 1964: The Warren Commission releases its report, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (39)

Daily Quote

“The most powerful argument of all for saving open space is economics; in most states, tourism is the number two industry.” - Jim Fowler

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Quorum KWOR-um (noun) A select group; the number (as a majority) of officers or members of a body that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

World Rabies Day
www.worldrabiesday.org

Today is World Rabies Day, so check out this official website and learn what you can do to help or learn what to do if you’re bitten by a potentially rabid animal. Many cities are holding ceremonies as well, so check if there’s one near you.

Number to Know

55,000: Number of people worldwide who die from rabies each year, according to www.rabiescontrol.net. Most of the deaths take place in Africa and Asia.

This Day in History

Sept. 28, 1787: The newly completed U.S. Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state Legislatures for approval.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer-actress Hilary Duff (24)

Daily Quote

“If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.” - Ed Sullivan, who was born on this date in 1901.

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Flat-hat FLAT-hat (verb) To fly low in an airplane in a reckless manner; hedgehop - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Cervantes Project
http://cervantes.tamu.edu/V2/CPI/index.html

Today is the birthday of Miguel de Cervantes (who was born in 1547), so why not take some time to learn more about the author of “Don Quixote.” This site has biographical information, a bibliography, articles, artwork and more.

Number to Know

1: Ranking of “Don Quixote” in a poll by The Guardian on the greatest novel of all time.

This Day in History

Sept. 29, 2005: The U.S. Senate confirms John Roberts as chief justice.

Today’s Featured Birthday

TV personality Bryant Gumbel (63)

Daily Quote

“A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.” - Miguel de Cervantes

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Dram DRAM (noun) A unit of avoirdupois weight equal to 1/16 ounce; a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 1/8 ounce; a unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/8 fluid ounce; a small portion of something to drink; a small amount - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

International Translation Day
www.fit-ift.org/en/home.php

Today is International Translation Day. Head to this website of the International Federation of Translators (FIT) to learn more about the day and about the group’s aim. The theme of this year’s celebration is Translation Quality for a Variety of Voices.

Number to Know

1: The Bible is the most translated book in the world.

This Day in History

Sept. 30, 2005: The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Fran Drescher (54)

Daily Quote

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.” - Truman Capote, who was born on this date in 1924.

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 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

Hector HEK-ter (verb) To play the bully; swagger; to intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

President Jimmy Carter was born on this date in 1924, and in honor of the leader, check out the official website of his library. Here you can learn about Carter’s life, learn what he accomplished as president, get information about the library in Atlanta and much more.

Number to Know

39: Number president that Jimmy Carter was. He also was the 76th governor of Georgia.

This Day in History

Oct. 1, 1957: First appearance of "In God We Trust" on U.S. paper currency.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer-actress-writer Julie Andrews (76)

Daily Quote

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 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

Vulpine VUL-pine (adj.) Of, relating to or resembling a fox; foxy, crafty - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Gandhi’s autobiography
www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00litlinks/gandhi/index.html

Today, on the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi (born in 1869), check out his autobiography online. The famous text was converted to the Web by Columbia University and is available free of charge. There also are printer-friendly pages if you want to read it on paper.

Number to Know

2: Ranking of Gandhi in Time magazine’s 1999 "Person of the Century” report. Albert Einstein was No. 1.

This Day in History

Oct. 2, 2002: The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Sting (60)

Daily Quote

“Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” - Mason Cooley