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Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Propitious pruh-PISH-us (adjective) Favorably disposed; benevolent; being of good omen; auspicious; tending to favor; advantageous - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

V-J Day: War is Over!
www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/32152

View Life magazine’s gallery of people all over the world celebrating Victory Over Japan Day on Aug. 14-15, 1945, including the now iconic image of a couple kissing in New York City’s Times Square.

Number to Know

78 million: According to some historians, the approximate number of people - soldiers and civilians - who died in World War II.

This Day in History

Aug. 15, 1945: Victory over Japan Day, aka V-J Day, when Japan surrenders, effectively ending World War II.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Ben Affleck (39)

Daily Quote

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” - Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born on this date in 1769.

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 16

 

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

Anacoluthon an-uh-kuh-LOO-thahn (noun) Syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence; especially, a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Bundle
www.bundle.com

This site aims to find out how other people handle financial decisions -- what works and what doesn’t -- so everyone can get smarter about money. Share your advice, and see how you stack up against other money-wise people.

Number to Know

4: Number of music halls of fame into which Elvis Presley has been inducted. Elvis died on this date in 1977.

This Day in History

Aug. 16, 1954: The first edition of Sports Illustrated is published.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Steve Carell (49)

Daily Quote

“Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.” - Elvis Presley

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 17

 

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

Convoluted KAHN-vuh-loo-tud (adjective) Having many twists and curves; involved, intricate - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Guide DB
theguidedb.com

We’ve all been there: Searching through piles of paperwork or messy drawers for an instruction manual that we know exists somewhere. This site makes it easy: Just search for the manual you need and then download the document.

Number to Know

6: Number of years Davy Crockett served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Crockett was born on this date in 1786.

This Day in History

Aug. 17, 1998: President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Robert De Niro (68)

Daily Quote

“Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.” - Davy Crockett

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 18

 

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

Netsuke NETS-kay (noun) A small and often intricately carved toggle (as of wood, ivory or metal) used to fasten a small container to a kimono sash - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Very Bad Poetry
www.verybadpoetry.com

Celebrate Bad Poetry Day by checking out this site, which is chock full of poems that miss the mark or are otherwise unwanted. Browse the poems, rate them, and then submit your own bad poetry.

Number to Know

14: Number of lines in a Shakespearean sonnet. Today is Bad Poetry Day, so write a horrible un-Shakespearean sonnet! (Or a haiku or an ode or whatever you like.)

This Day in History

Aug. 18, 2005: Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/director Robert Redford (75)

Daily Quote

“I believe in mythology. I guess I share Joseph Campbell's notion that a culture or society without mythology would die, and we're close to that.” - Robert Redford

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 19

 

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

Sagacious suh-GAY-shus (adjective) Of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment; discerning; caused by or indicating acute discernment - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
www.nasm.si.edu

Today, on National Aviation Day, check out the website of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Track the milestones of flight through history, from Orville Wright’s pioneering plane to the first privately piloted vehicle to reach space.

Number to Know

1939: Year when National Aviation Day was created. Today is the event, a day that was picked because it’s Orville Wright’s birthday.

This Day in History

Aug. 19, 1812: War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, earning her nickname "Old Ironsides."

Today’s Featured Birthday

Former President Bill Clinton (65)

Daily Quote

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” - Orville Wright

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 20

 

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

Adumbrate AD-um-brayt (verb) To foreshadow vaguely; intimate; to suggest, disclose or outline partially; overshadow, obscure - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The H.P. Lovecraft Archive
www.hplovecraft.com

If you’re a fan of “weird fiction” author H.P. Lovecraft, this is the site for you. Read about his life, fictional creations and writing. There’s a great section on how Lovecraft influenced others – in art, music, pop culture and more.

Number to Know

1889-1893: Years when Benjamin Harrison served as president. Harrison was born on this date in 1833.

This Day in History

Aug. 20, 1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declares the Civil War over.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Robert Plant (63)

Daily Quote

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.” – Writer H.P. Lovecraft, who was born on this date in 1890.

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 21

 

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

Panache puh-NAHSH (noun) An ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet; dash or flamboyance in style and action; verve - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

DownBeat Magazine
www.downbeat.com

The online home of the jazz magazine DownBeat, this site has the latest jazz music news, reviews of new albums, extensive artist profiles and more. There’s a “Jazz 101” section for those who need a primer on the style.

Number to Know

36: Number of field goals Wilt Chamberlain made in his historic 100-point game. He also made 28 free throws. Chamberlain was born on this date in 1936.

This Day in History

Aug. 21, 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Kenny Rogers (73)

Daily Quote

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” - Paul Theroux