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Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Facsimile fak-SIM-uh-lee (noun) An exact copy; a system of transmitting and reproducing graphic matter (as printing or still pictures) by means of signals sent over telephone lines - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

NASA: Hurricane Season 2005: Katrina
www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/h2005_katrina.html

Today is the anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina hit land. This NASA page has a wealth of information on the disaster, with plenty of pictures, maps and more.

Number to Know

1,800: Approximate number of people who died in Hurricane Katrina, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

This Day in History

Aug. 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Sen. John McCain (75)

Daily Quote

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” - Michael Jackson, who was born on this date in 1958.

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Sic SIK (adverb) Intentionally so written - used after a printed word or passage to indicate that it exactly reproduces an original - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Chronology & Resource Site
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/mws.html

Want to know more about Mary Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein”? Check out this site, which has bibliographical information (she was born on this date in 1797), reviews of her work and more.

Number to Know

.406: Batting average of Ted Williams in 1941, the last time a player hit .400. Williams was born on this date in 1918.

This Day in History

Aug. 30, 1967: Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Cameron Diaz (39)

Daily Quote

“It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.” - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Bower BOW-er (noun) An attractive dwelling or retreat; a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle; a shelter made with tree boughs or vines twined together; arbor - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

IdiomDictionary.com
www.idiomdictionary.com

Idioms – those unique expressions particular to our language – can be pretty strange sometimes. If you’re looking for the meaning behind an idiom, say, “the blind leading the blind,” check the Idiom Dictionary. There’s a definition and example of usage.

Number to Know

153.2 million: Number of people 16 and older in the nation's labor force in July 2011. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Aug. 31, 1997: Princess Diana, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Richard Gere (62)

Daily Quote

“All news is an exaggeration of life.” – Journalist Daniel Schorr, who was born on this date in 1916.

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Irrefragable ih-REF-ruh-guh-bul (adjective) Impossible to refute; impossible to break or alter - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

World War II photos
www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos

World War II began on this date in 1939 (see This Day in History below). On this government website, you can see the war as never before with a plethora of photos. You can search by subject, by leader or more. This site also has links to other World War II pages.  

Number to Know

26.2 million: Number of female workers 16 and older in management, professional and related occupations. Among male workers, 16 and older, 24.0 million were employed in management, professional and related occupations. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Sept. 1, 1939: World War II: Nazi Germany invades Poland, beginning the war in Europe.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Barry Gibbs (65)

Daily Quote

“I write to escape; to escape poverty.” - Edgar Rice Burroughs, who was born on this date in 1875.

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Paradise PAIR-uh-dyce (noun) The garden where according to the Bible Adam and Eve first lived, Eden; an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment; the dwelling place of God and of the blessed dead, heaven; a place or state of bliss, felicity or delight - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Challenger Center: Christa McAuliffe
www.challenger.org/about/history/mcauliffe.cfm

On this website, you can learn all about teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who was born on this date in 1948. The site also has information about the Challenger crew, learning centers and more.

Number to Know

0.9: Percentage change in employment in the United States between December 2009 and December 2010. Employment increased in 220 of the 326 largest counties (large counties are defined as having employment levels of 75,000 or more). – Census.gov

This Day in History

Sept. 2, 1945: World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Instrument of Surrender of Japan is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Salma Hayek (45)

Daily Quote

“I touch the future. I teach.” - Christa McAuliffe

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 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

Variegated VAIR-ee-uh-gay-tud (adjective) Having discrete markings of different colors; various, diverse, varied - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

ProfessorPerformance.com
www.professorperformance.com

Teachers may not love these rating sites, but students seem to have no problem leaving feedback. Students rate professors on ease, interest, helpfulness and overall quality. Professors from certain colleges are more likely to receive multiple ratings.

Number to Know

5.9 million: The number of people who work from home in the U.S. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Sept. 3, 2004: Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of more than 300 people, more than half of which are children.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White (25)

Daily Quote

“God sells us all things at the price of labor.” - Leonardo da Vinci

 

Morning Minutes: Sept. 4

 

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

Calenture KAL-un-chur (noun) A fever formerly supposed to affect sailors in the tropics - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Newseum
www.newseum.org

Today is Newspaper Carrier Day, so first off, take a moment to thank you carrier. Then head to Newseum, which is an online and actual museum about news (the physical museum is in Washington, D.C.). You can look at newspaper pages from all over the world, see pages from important events and more.

Number to Know

$47,127 and $36,278: The 2009 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively. – Census.gov

This Day in History

Sept. 4, 1998: Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer/actress Beyoncé Knowles (30)

Daily Quote

“Without labor nothing prospers.” - Sophocles