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Morning Minutes: Aug. 6

 

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

Penchant PEN-chunt (noun) A strong and continued inclination; broadly, liking - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Eyewitnesstohistory.com
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/hiroshima.htm

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a nuclear weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Survivor Michihiko Hachiya, a Japanese doctor, kept a diary of experiences. Read an excerpt from the diary on this site.

Number to Know

70,000: Approximate amount of people killed instantly when an atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

This Day in History

Aug. 6, 1945: World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the B-29 Enola Gay.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Director M. Night Shyamalan (42)

Daily Quote

“Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.” - Wilfred Burchett

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 7

 

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

Dreadnought DRED-nawt (noun) A warm garment of thick cloth; also, the cloth; battleship; one that is among the largest or most powerful of its kind - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

A Prairie Home Companion
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/

In honor of Garrison Keillor’s birthday, head to the website of his popular radio show, which is heard across the U.S. on NPR each week. On this site, you can get information about past and upcoming shows, download MP3s, watch video, get tickets to “A Prairie Home Companion” tapings and much more.

Number to Know

756: Number home run that Barry Bonds hit on this date in 2007, breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. Many refuse to acknowledge Bonds as the home run king, but he still is listed in the record book without an asterisk.

This Day in History

Aug. 7, 1959: The Lincoln Memorial design on the penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design and is still in use.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Charlize Theron (37)

Daily Quote

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” - Garrison Keillor, who was born on this date in 1942.

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 8

 

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

Eccentric ik-SEN-trik (adjective) Deviating from an established or usual pattern or style; deviating from conventional or accepted usage or conduct; deviating from a circular path; located elsewhere than at the geometrical center; having the axis or support so located - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Movie Stinger
moviestinger.com

Do you leave the movie theater as soon as the credits roll? You may be missing out on extra scenes tacked on during or after the credits. This site lists movies and video games that have extra footage. You’ll never miss out again.

Number to Know

69.5 inches: The length of the world’s largest zucchini. Today is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors' Porch Night, so if you have extra zucchini, share it with your neighborhood!

This Day in History

Aug. 8, 1974: Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon announces his resignation, effective the next day.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Dustin Hoffman (75)

Daily Quote

“I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.” - Dustin Hoffman

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 9

 

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

Raiment RAY-munt (noun) Clothing, garments - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Flashlight Worthy
www.flashlightworthybooks.com

This site recommends “books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime.” There are nearly 400 lists of books under a variety of topics, from Books About Simpler Times to Beach Reads You Can Grab Off Your T(w)een's Bookshelf.

Number to Know

22: Number of American Music Awards honors Whitney Houston has won in her career.

This Day in History

Aug. 9, 1969: Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men's hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high school graduate Steven Parent.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress Gillian Anderson (44)

Daily Quote

“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” - Whitney Houston, who was born on Aug. 9, 1963

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 10

 

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

Chasten CHAY-sun (verb) To correct by punishment or suffering; discipline; purify; to prune (as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense or falsity; to cause to be more humble or restrained  - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Society for American Baseball Research
www.sabr.org

Baseball is all about statistics, and no one recognizes the value of the history and record of baseball more than SABR. There’s an extensive list of online resources at this site - perfect for anyone interested in baseball research.

Number to Know

1971: Year when the Society for American Baseball Research (aka SABR) was born. As the baseball stats and information society celebrates its 40th birthday, it has about 6,000 members, according to the group.

This Day in History

Aug. 10, 1995: Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain agreement for his testimony.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Antonio Banderas (52)

Daily Quote

“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” - Herbert Hoover, who was born on this date in 1874.

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 11

 

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

Flivver FLIV-er (noun) A small cheap usually old automobile - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

CoupRecoup
couprecoup.com

Online coupon sites seem to be popping up every day. But what happens if you have a change of heart or can’t use the deal? Or maybe you missed a deal. This online marketplace lets people buy and sell these coupons.

Number to Know

1929: Year when the Bud Billiken Parade was first held in Chicago, and it happened on this date. The event is the oldest African-American parade in the U.S.

This Day in History

Aug. 11, 1929: Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Hulk Hogan (59)

Daily Quote

“All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good.” - Babe Ruth

 

 

Morning Minutes: Aug. 12

 

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

Lenient LEEN-yunt (adjective) Exerting a soothing or easing influence; relieving pain or stress; of mild and tolerant disposition - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

StarDate Online
stardate.org/nightsky/meteors

Interested in catching a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower? This site has helpful information about the astronomical event and how to view it. This is the peak time for the meteor shower, so make sure to look for it.

Number to Know

60: Meteors per hour that are observable during the Perseids meteor shower. The next few days are the best time to look for the meteors.

This Day in History

Aug. 12, 1994: Major League Baseball players go on strike. The work stoppage forces the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Tennis star Pete Sampras (41)

Daily Quote

“Indulge not in apprehensions of what evil might happen if things should not go as your worldly wisdom thinks they ought; doubt not, for this complexion of doubt unnerves and pushes back one's progress.” - Helena Blavatsky, who was born on this date in 1831.