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Morning Minutes: July 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

Reprehensible rep-rih-HEN-suh-bul (adjective) Worthy of or deserving blame or condemnation - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Indexed
thisisindexed.com

On this intriguing blog, Jessica Hagy posts a small chart, graph or Venn diagram each weekday that offers introspective and sharp conclusions on the relationships between things. From pop culture to school to politics, the insights are smart.

Number to Know

27: Years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison during apartheid.

This Day in History

July 18, 1976: Nadia Comaneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics. It happened at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Nelson Mandela (93)

Daily Quote

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” - Nelson Mandela

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Ritzy RIT-see (adjective) Being, characteristic of or befitting a snob; snobbish; impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish; fashionable, posh - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

MLB Trade Rumors
www.mlbtraderumors.com

Follow the wheeling and dealing of major league baseball players on this site, which focuses on trades and free agent signings. Relevant, legitimate baseball rumors are posted -- with analysis -- as soon as information is available.

Number to Know

200: Number day of the year that today is.

This Day in History

July 19, 1989: United Airlines flight 232 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 of the 296 passengers.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Former senator and presidential candidate George McGovern (89)

Daily Quote

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” - George McGovern

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Decry dih-KRY (verb) To depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly; to express strong disapproval of - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Apollo 11: Scenes from the Moon
www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/23232

This photo gallery of the Apollo moon landing from Life magazine captures the day 41 years ago when the first humans walked on the moon. The still-stunning images and informative captions tell the whole story of the mission.

Number to Know

3: Weeks the Apollo 11 crew spent in quarantine after returning to Earth. Officials wanted to make sure the men didn’t bring back any contaminants or viruses.

This Day in History

July 20, 1976: Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Musician Carlos Santana (64)

Daily Quote

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” - Sir Edmund Hillary, who was born on this date in 1919.

 

Morning Minutes: July 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

Refection rih-FEK-shun (noun) Refreshment of mind, spirit or body; especially, nourishment; the taking of refreshment; food and drink together; repast - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Hemingway Society
www.hemingwaysociety.org

Mark writer Ernest Hemingway’s birthday with this site, which serves as an excellent resource for all things Hemingway. There are an impressive number of links to articles by Hemingway, information about his books, recipes inspired by the author and more.

Number to Know

15 million: Number of copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” -- the final book in the Harry Potter series -- sold within 24 hours of it being released, according to Forbes. The book came out on this day in 2007.

This Day in History

July 21, 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon, which took place during the Apollo 11 mission.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Comedian/actor Robin Williams (60)

Daily Quote

“All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.” - Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this date in 1899.

 

Morning Minutes: July 22

 

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

Shaggy-dog shag-ee-DAWG (adjective) Of, relating to or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless; also, of, relating to or being a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the punch line - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Teen Chat Decoder
www.teenchatdecoder.com

Parents everywhere no doubt worry about their children’s online activities. And with “textspeak” and acronyms so common, it’s often hard to understand what kids are saying online. This decoder will help define the abbreviations used in Internet shorthand.

Number to Know

1942: Year when Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” was painted. The diner-at-night painting is perhaps Hopper’s most well-known artwork. Hopper was born on this day in 1882.

This Day in History

July 22, 2003: Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Danny Glover (65)

Daily Quote

“Don't minimize the importance of luck in determining life's course.” - Alex Trebek, who was born on this date in 1940.

 

Morning Minutes: July 23

 

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

Vituperate vye-TOO-puh-rayt (verb) To abuse or censure severely or abusively; to use harsh condemnatory language - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Einztein
www.einztein.com

Einztein can help you find online courses across a variety of subjects. The site features a searchable database of courses that have been evaluated by a team for quality and completeness. Great for brushing up on a subject or just learning something new.

Number to Know

1903: Year in which the very first Ford car was sold. It happened on this day, and it was the Model A.

This Day in History

July 23, 1995: Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter (22)

Daily Quote

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” – J.K. Rowling in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

 

Morning Minutes: July 24

 

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

Pigeon-livered PIJ-un-liv-erd (adjective) Gentle, mild - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Amelia Earhart: Papers, Photos, Memorabilia and Artifacts
www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/aearhart

This online collection includes more than 3,500 scans of photographs, maps and documents relating to Amelia Earhart. There are copies of the maps that were used on her last flight, photographs she took and scans of letters she sent and received.

Number to Know

1: Amelia Earhart, who was born on this day in 1897, set all kinds of firsts, including becoming the first person to cross the U.S. in an autogyro, the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo and the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

This Day in History

July 24, 2005: Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor/singer Jennifer Lopez (42)

Daily Quote

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” - Lance Armstrong