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Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Frenetic frih-NET-ik (adjective) Frenzied, frantic - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Official Kwanzaa Web site
www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

Today is the start of the weeklong Kwanzaa celebration, which honors African culture and heritage. Learn about the meaning of the holiday, read about its traditions and symbols, and get to know the key principles of the celebration.

Number to Know

1966: Year when the first Kwanzaa was celebrated. The African-American holiday runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

This Day in History

Dec. 26, 2004: A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Humorist David Sedaris (55)

Daily Quote

“Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.” - Bill Vaughn

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Calumet KAL-yuh-met (noun) A highly ornamented ceremonial pipe of the American Indians - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Year in review
http://yearinreview.yahoo.com

Want to look back at the year that was? Check out this special site from Yahoo, which collects all the important (and not so important but famous) events of 2011. This being by Yahoo, it also lists top searches of the year.

Number to Know

2: Number of years the ball hasn’t dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve since the tradition began in the early 1900s. Those years were during World War II, 1942 and 1943.

This Day in History

Dec. 27, 1831: Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor John Amos (72)

Daily Quote

“A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Disheveled dih-SHEV-uld (adjective) Marked by disorder or disarray - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Best books of the year
www.amazon.com

This special page from Amazon lists the best books of the year. The site has top 10 lists from editors, from users, by subject and more. If you like books and think you might have missed something new this past year, definitely check out this page.

Number to Know

45: Percent of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions.

This Day in History

Dec. 28, 2000: U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Denzel Washington (57)

Daily Quote

“New Year's Day is every man's birthday.” - Charles Lamb

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Beaucoup BOH-koo (adjective) Great in quantity or amount; many, much - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Time’s tops of 2011
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2101344,00.html

This page from Time magazine has top 10 lists in all sorts of categories. Want to revisit the year in weird news? In crime stories? This site has it all. You’ll be saying, “Oh, yeah, I forgot about that” quite often as you browse the lists.

Number to Know

46: Percent of people who keep their resolutions past six months.

This Day in History

Dec. 29, 1851: In Boston, the first American YMCA opens.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Mary Tyler Moore (75)

Daily Quote

“The old year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The new year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming 12 months!” - Edward Payson Powell

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Cacophony ka-KAH-fuh-nee (noun) Harsh or discordant sound; dissonance; harshness in the sound of words or phrases - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Best movies of 2011
www.afi.com/afiawards/default.aspx

If you’re a movie buff, check out this Web page of American Film Institute, which lists the best movies and television of 2011. Take a moment to browse the rest of the website as well – it has lots to offer movie fans.

Number to Know

24: Percent of people who have never succeeded at keeping their New Year’s resolutions.

This Day in History

Dec. 30, 2006: Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, convicted of the executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites, is executed by hanging.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Basketball star LeBron James (27)

Daily Quote

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.” - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

Morning Minutes: Dec. 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

Yips YIPS (noun) A state of nervous tension affecting an athlete (as a golfer) in the performance of a crucial action - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Popular New Year’s Resolutions
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml

This helpful site lists the most common New Year’s resolutions, and provides links to resources that can help you accomplish your goal. Whether it’s getting fit or quitting smoking, Jan. 1 is a great time for a fresh start.

Number to Know

Five … four … three … two … one … happy new year!

This Day in History

Dec. 31, 1999: Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as president of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting president.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Anthony Hopkins (74)

Daily Quote

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” - Henry Ward Beecher

 

Morning Minutes: Jan. 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

Plangent PLAN-junt (adjective) Having a loud reverberating sound; having an expressive and especially plaintive quality - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012

What to know the big events of this year? Check out this Wikipedia page, which lists some of the scheduled big happenings. It also lists holidays and breaks down the events by category.

Number to Know

366: Days in 2012, because this year is a leap year.

This Day in History

Jan. 1, 1971: Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Verne Troyer (43)

Daily Quote

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” - Benjamin Franklin