Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

Tel Aviv bus passengers stabbed

Tel Aviv bus passengers stabbed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30910956

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Obama demands spread of wealth

Obama demands spread of wealth http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30908095

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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 21st, 2015: St. Agnes

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St. Agnes

St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was … continue reading


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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

January 21

1189   Philip Augustus, Henry II of England and Frederick Barbarossa assemble the troops for the Third Crusade.
1648   In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly.
1785   Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
1790   Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible.
1793   The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason.
1910   Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway.
1919   The German Krupp plant begins producing guns under the U.S. armistice terms.
1921   J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe’s destitute.
1930   An international arms control meeting opens in London.
1933   The League of Nations rejects Japanese terms for settlement with China.
1941   The United States lifts the ban on arms to the Soviet Union.
1942   In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source.
1943   A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.
1951   Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack.
1958   The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries.
1964   Carl T. Rowan is named the director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).
1968   In Vietnam, the Siege of Khe Sanh begins as North Vietnamese units surround U.S. Marines based on the hilltop headquarters.
1974   The U.S. Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.
1976   Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).
1977   President Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis.
1993   Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
Born on January 21
1737   Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary commander.
1824   Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate General.
1925   Benny Hill, British comedian.

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today’s picture: Jefferson Davis Leaves the U.S. Senate

Jefferson Davis Leaves the U.S. Senate

Just weeks after his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis prepared to leave Washington, D.C., and the country he had served as a soldier, cabinet member and member of Congress. On January 21, 1861, Davis and five other Southern senators made emotional farewell speeches. One more time, Davis enumerated the reasons why the South felt secession was its only recourse: ‘…when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a Government which…threatens to be destructive to our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence….’ Davis then apologized to any senators he may have offended, and finished his address by saying, ‘…it only remains for me to bid you a final adieu.’

Image: Weider History Group Archives

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today’s holiday: Babin Den (2015)

Babin Den (2015)

In Bulgaria, the old women who helped deliver babies—much like the modern midwife—were called baba, or grandmother. It was widely believed that the baby received some of the baba’s wisdom, and it was customary for the baby’s parents to bring the baba flowers on a particular day each year, called Grandmother’s Day or Day of the Midwives. Eventually the children grew up, but they would continue to visit their baba each year. Most babies in Bulgaria today are born in hospitals, so the children bring flowers to the doctors and nurses who assisted at their birth. More… Discuss

quotation: Aristotle about friends

Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn the game into a major spectator sport. “The Golden Bear” turned pro in 1962 and by 1986 had played in 100 major championships, finishing in the top three 45 times. He won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters, for a record 18 major championships. Who are the only two golfers to have accumulated more PGA wins than Nicklaus? More… Discuss

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit over Disputed Painting

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit over Disputed Painting

A British man’s negligence lawsuit against Sotheby’s has been dismissed despite his claims that the auction house’s experts did not do enough research when they sold a painting for him in 2006. At the time, the owner was assured by Sotheby’s that the painting he was selling was a copy of the Italian master Caravaggio‘s The Cardsharps. The piece sold for 42,000 pounds to a Caravaggio expert, who later declared it to be the work of the master himself and worth 10 million pounds. Scholars disagree about whether the painting is by Caravaggio or one of his followers. More… Discuss

Guided Missiles

Guided Missiles

A guided missile is a self-propelled, unmanned space or air vehicle whose path can be adjusted during flight, either by automatic self-contained controls or remote human control. Often propelled by rockets and carrying explosive warheads, guided missiles were first developed for military applications by the Germans, who employed V-1 and V-2 missiles in World War II. They have since become the key strategic and tactical weapon of modern warfare. What are some other types of missiles? More… Discuss

word: polemic


Definition: (noun) A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
Synonyms: tirade, diatribe
Usage: He launched into the polemic, not caring whom he offended or won over, intent only on getting his point across. Discuss.

Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News

Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News

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USA TODAY: Awkward heckles, yawns at State of the Unions past


Awkward heckles, yawns at State of the Unions past


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USA TODAY: Full text: Obama’s State of the Union Address


Full text: Obama’s State of the Union Address


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Holy water protest at Lenin’s tomb

Holy water protest at Lenin’s tomb http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30893554

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X-rays ‘read’ burnt Vesuvius scroll

X-rays ‘read’ burnt Vesuvius scroll http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30888767

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Reps. to raise pencils during SOTU

Reps. to raise pencils during SOTU

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Obama’s SOTU Message: ‘Tonight, We Turn The Page’


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Watch “Liberty Park in Cerritos CA” on YouTube

Liberty Park in Cerritos CA: http://youtu.be/7LmD1bRIka4

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Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children’s Risk http://n.pr/1J8Qj6b

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USA TODAY: Two Yemenis face terror charges in U.S.


Two Yemenis face terror charges in U.S.


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Video: Chadian troops join battle against Boko Haram


Algeria, Senegal stage comeback in ‘group of death’


Migrants describe police brutality in French city of Calais


French comic’s ‘Yellow Peril’ cover upsets Chinese paper


French police detain five Chechens suspected of plotting attack


Bulgaria to extradite Frenchman linked to Charlie Hebdo attackers


Shiite militiamen storm Yemen’s presidential palace


Birmingham FC ‘theft’ arrest made

Birmingham FC ‘theft’ arrest made http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30902007

Yemen presidential palace ‘seized’

Yemen presidential palace ‘seized’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30903516

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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

January 20

1327   Edward II of England is deposed by his eldest son, Edward III.
1616   The French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrives to winter in a Huron Indian village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois in New France.
1783   Britain signs a peace agreement with France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of Independence.
1908   The Sullivan Ordinance bars women from smoking in public facilities in the United States.
1930   Charles Lindbergh arrives in New York, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75 hours.
1935   Belgium arrests some Nazi agitators who urge for a return to the Reich.
1941   Hitler meets with Mussolini and offers aid in Albania and Greece.
1942   Nazi officials meet in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to decide the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”
1944   Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino.
1945   Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term.
1945   The Allies sign a truce with the Hungarians.
1946   France’s Charles DeGaulle hands in his resignation.
1952   British troops occupy Ismalia, Egypt.
1954   Over 22,000 anti-Communist prisoners are turned over to UN forces in Korea.
1977   President Jimmy Carter is sworn in and then surprises the nation as he walks from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
1981   Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president at the same time 52 American hostages are released from their captors in Tehran, Iran.
Born on January 20
1760   Charles III, King of Spain.
1732   Richard Henry Lee, American Revolutionary patriot and signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
1820   Anne Clough, promoter of higher education.
1893   Bessy Colman, first African American aviator.
1896   George Burns, comedian and actor in vaudeville, radio, television and film.
1910   Joy Adamson, British author and naturalist (Born Free).
1930   Dr. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon.

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today’s picture: The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact

The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact

German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop (far left) and Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav M. Molotov (far right) signed a pact on August 23, 1939, in which Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia agreed not to support any third party that might attack the other. Because Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin (second from right) had publicly condemned each other’s ideologies, the agreement came as a surprise to both Soviet and Nazi sympathizers. The pact was signed more for strategic reasons than peaceful ones, however. Specifications made public years later revealed that the leaders had divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres, allotting each side territory between the two. Just days after the signing, Germany invaded Poland, and by the end of September, both powers had claimed sections of Poland. World War II and Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union were just around the corner.

Image: National Archives

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 Image of St. Fabian

Image of St. Fabian

St. Fabian

Eusebius, born just a few years after Fabian’s death, tells us how Fabian came to Rome after Pope Anteros died in 236. A layperson, and not a very important one, he may have come for the same reason … continue reading


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Arturo Toscanini – Beethoven : Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60 , great compositions/performances

Arturo Toscanini – Beethoven : Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Manuel De Falla- The Three Cornered Hat- The Miller’s dance- Magdalena Duhagon, guitar

Manuel De Falla- The Three Cornered Hat- The Miller’s dance- Magdalena Duhagon, guitar

Tomaso Albinoni – Adagio in G minor, Copernicus Chamber Orchestra, Horst Sohm conducting/Leitung, great compositions/performances

Tomaso Albinoni – Adagio in G minor

Veridian String Quartet: Mendelssohn Op. 44 No. 3 , great compositions/performances

Veridian String Quartet: Mendelssohn Op. 44 No. 3

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Naïs

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Naïs

Francesco Molino Duo op.16 n 2 Romance – andante espressivo , great compositions/performances

Francesco Molino Duo op.16 n 2 Romance – andante espressivo

Nathan Milstein – Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor, Op 61 , great compositions/performances

Nathan Milstein – Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor, Op 61

today’s holiday: El Pochó Dance-Drama (2015)

El Pochó Dance-Drama (2015)

St. Sebastian’s Day is celebrated throughout Latin America, but the dance-drama El Pochó, which takes place in Tenosique in Tabasco State, Mexico, on this day, is unique. On the morning of January 20, everyone gathers at the prearranged location: a house or a plaza. The pochoveras enter in their long skirts and embroidered blouses and perform the initial dance. Then the cojóes enter, wearing masks with exaggerated features. Soon the tigres (jaguars) invade the dance space, and the cojóes and tigres play at hunting each other until, finally, they join forces to chase the audience. More… Discuss

quotation: Robert Louis Stevenson

One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (1873)

Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (1873)

In 1944, Danish novelist, poet, and essayist Johannes Vilhelm Jensen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He penned more than 60 volumes, including essays, travel books, and lyrical poems, and his interest in biology and anthropology—he had studied medicine before pursuing writing—is evident throughout. His best-known work is The Long Journey, a six-novel fantasy based on Darwinian theory that traces the story of humans from primitive times to the age of whom? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Iran Releases 52 American Hostages (1981)

Iran Releases 52 American Hostages (1981)

The overthrow of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran by an Islamic revolutionary government in February 1979 led to a steady deterioration in Iranian-American relations. In September of that year, the exiled shah was allowed into the US for medical treatment, prompting Iranian students called the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line to seize the US embassy in Tehran and take 66 Americans hostage. After 444 days, the last 52 hostages were released. What was the “Canadian Caper”? More… Discuss

Missing British Spacecraft Found on Mars

Missing British Spacecraft Found on Mars

Britain’s long-lost Beagle 2 spacecraft—launched in 2003 to search for life on Mars—has been spotted on the red planet, more than 11 years after it was last heard from. Deemed a “heroic failure” when contact with it was lost on December 19, 2003, the craft has been observed in recent images from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to officials from the UK Space Agency, there is evidence that Beagle 2 landed on Mars as scheduled on Christmas Day 2003, but only partially deployed, likely due to a hard landing. More… Discuss

Henry Morrison Flagler

Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler, an American financier, was John D. Rockefeller’s business partner and a key figure in the development of Florida as a winter playground. After visiting the state in 1883 and seeing its inadequate transportation and hotel facilities, he worked to improve them. He bought up and consolidated several local railroads and organized the Florida East Coast Railway. He also established steamship lines, dredged the Miami harbor, and built palatial hotels. What accident contributed to his death? More… Discuss

word: prattle


Definition: (verb) To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly.
Synonyms: blabber, piffle, gabble, prate
Usage: The group of tourists on the plane wouldn’t stop talking, and I fell asleep listening to them prattle. Discuss.