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Morning Minutes: July 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

Supposititious suh-pah-zuh-TISH-us (adjective) Fraudulently substituted; spurious; of a child; falsely presented as a genuine heir; illegitimate; imaginary; of the nature of or based on a supposition; hypothetical - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Henry Ford
www.thehenryford.org/collections/online.aspx

More than just a museum, The Henry Ford has exhibits, a factory tour, a research center and an IMAX theater. The online exhibits focus on subjects beyond the automotive pioneer and his Model T, including costumes, toys and more.

Number to Know

1965: Year when Medicare and Medicaid were created. It happened on this date when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law.

This Day in History

July 30, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Arnold Schwarzenegger (65)

Daily Quote

“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?” - Emily Bronte, who was born on this date in 1818.

 

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Brouhaha BROO-hah-hah (noun) A state of commotion or excitement; hubbub, uproar - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Stacks for Kids
www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks

These interactive pages from Scholastic Books help kids develop a love for reading. Young readers can find their favorite characters or stories and play games, watch videos and more. There also are discussion boards for kids to share their literary thoughts.

Number to Know

$1 billion: Estimated net worth of J.K. Rowling, according to Forbes.

This Day in History

July 31, 1961: At Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Author J.K. Rowling (47)

Daily Quote

“It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Enervate EN-er-vayt (verb) To reduce the mental or moral vigor of; to lessen the vitality or strength of - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Chowhound
www.chowhound.com

This foodie community is a great place to share recipes, troubleshoot cooking problems, learn about other users’ favorite restaurants, discover useful kitchen gear and more. Browse by city or region, or by topic.

Number to Know

1981: Year on this date when MTV was launched. The network’s first music video was "Video Killed the Radio Star," by the Buggles.

This Day in History

Aug. 1, 2007: The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rapper Coolio (49)

Daily Quote

“He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.” - Herman Melville, who was born on this date in 1819.

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Rarefied RAIR-uh-fyde (adjective) Being less dense; of, relating to or interesting to a select group; esoteric; very high - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Googlism
www.googlism.com

This fun tool lets you see what Google "thinks" of certain topics and people. This site simply searches Google and the thousands of thoughts and opinions about thousands of different topics, people, names, things and places.

Number to Know

3,929,326: The U.S. population at the first census, which was taken on Aug. 2, 1790. 

This Day in History

Aug. 2, 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to conflict with coalition forces in the Gulf War.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor-director Kevin Smith (42)

Daily Quote

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” – Author James A. Baldwin, who was born on this date in 1924.

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Cobalt KOH-bawlt (noun) A tough lustrous silver-white magnetic metallic element that is related to and occurs with iron and nickel and is used especially in alloys; a strong greenish blue; cobalt blue - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

National Watermelon Board
www.watermelon.org

Are you a fan of watermelon and watermelon-based recipes? Be sure head to this Web site, which has recipes, nutritional information, kids’ activities, resources for educators and more. Today is National Watermelon Day, so celebrate by trying one of these recipes or by eating watermelon.

Number to Know

92: Percent water that a watermelon consists of. Today is National Watermelon Day.

This Day in History

Aug. 3, 1936: Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Martha Stewart (71)

Daily Quote

“Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.” - Jesse Owens

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 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

Hard-boiled HAHRD-BOYLD (adjective) Devoid of sentimentality; tough; of, relating to or being a detective story featuring a tough unsentimental protagonist and a matter-of-fact attitude towards violence; hardheaded, practical - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Project Gutenberg: Percy Bysshe Shelley
www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s#a1529

In honor of the birthday of English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (aka the husband of Mary Shelley), check out Project Gutenberg’s collection of Shelley’s work. Here you’ll find several of the author’s most famous poems by themselves, or you can download – for free – his collected works.

Number to Know

11: Number of songs by Louis Armstrong that are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Armstrong was born on this date in 1901.

This Day in History

Aug. 4, 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden is found murdered in their Fall River, Mass., home.

Today’s Featured Birthday

President Barack Obama (51)

Daily Quote

“A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was born on this date in 1792.

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 5

 

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

Chaffer CHAFF-er (verb) Haggle, exchange, barter; to bargain for; to exchange small talk; chatter - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Fuel Mileage Tracking
www.fuelmileage.com

Monitoring our car’s fuel mileage is an easy but often ignored part of vehicle ownership. This application will help you track your vehicle’s fuel usage, research ways to improve it and then put those tips and tricks into action.

Number to Know

3 percent: Amount of the U.S.’s first income tax, which was levied on this date in 1861 to help pay for the Civil War.

This Day in History

Aug. 5, 1962: Nelson Mandela is jailed. He won’t be released until 1990.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Astronaut Neil Armstrong (82)

Daily Quote

“I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul ... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” - Neil Armstrong