Daily Archives: February 23, 2015

From VOA : Rebels Celebrate Victory Over Ukrainian Forces at Debaltseve


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656162.html

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From BBC : Rats ‘not main cause of Black Death’


Rats ‘not main cause of Black Death’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31588671

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From BBC : A dozen overdose on ‘Molly’ in US


A dozen overdose on ‘Molly’ in US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31595267

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From BBC : Greece unveils eurozone reforms


Greece unveils eurozone reforms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31597181

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Chopin Etude Op 25 No.11 Valentina Lisitsa


Chopin Etude Op 25 No.11 Valentina Lisitsa

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K.588, Overture


Così fan tutte, K.588, Overture

Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.116 no.3 in G minor


Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.116 no.3 in G minor

Ludwig van Beethoven – Rondo in C major, Op. 51, No. 1


Ludwig van Beethoven – Rondo in C major, Op. 51, No. 1

Hector Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust – Hungarian March


Hector Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust – Hungarian March

Marche militaire française from Suite algérienne, Op. 60


Marche militaire française from Suite algérienne, Op. 60

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 72


Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 72

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria

Rimsky-Korsakov – Dubinushka, op. 62


Rimsky-Korsakov – Dubinushka, op. 62

From BBC : Talks between Libya rivals suspended


Talks between Libya rivals suspended http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31595342

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From BBC : Israel PM ‘differed’ over Iran


Israel PM ‘differed’ over Iran http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31596640

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From VOA : France Moves to Limit Jihadi Threat


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From France 24 : new….


New Charlie Hebdo issue marks return to business as usual

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From France 24


Hollande to outline plan against anti-Semitism at Jewish annual dinner

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From NPR News: 50 years of shrinking…


50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map http://n.pr/1ysBAgg

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From NPR News: justice department…


Justice Department Appeals Ruling Blocking Obama’s Immigration Plan http://n.pr/1GlEd9Z

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From BBC : UK Ebola medics under investigation


UK Ebola medics under investigation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31586074

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From BBC : WHO calls for action over Mers virus


WHO calls for action over Mers virus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31585292

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From BBC : Pakistan school attack suspect held


Pakistan school attack suspect held http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31592325

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From BBC : Day in pictures: 23 February 2015


Day in pictures: 23 February 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-31585504

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From BBC : The lone seven-year-olds leaving home and country behind


The lone seven-year-olds leaving home and country behind http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31586810

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From BBC : Ad tool is ‘worse than Superfish’


Ad tool is ‘worse than Superfish’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31586610

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From BBC : Phones can be tracked by battery use


Phones can be tracked by battery use http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31587621

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From BBC : US funding stand-off over migrants


US funding stand-off over migrants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31591653

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From BBC : Kenya anti-terror law thrown out


Kenya anti-terror law thrown out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31588445

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From BBC : Boy dies in Germany measles outbreak


Boy dies in Germany measles outbreak http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31585047

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From BBC : SS medic, 94, charged over Auschwitz


SS medic, 94, charged over Auschwitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31595338

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From BBC : PLO faces $218m Israel terror fine


PLO faces $218m Israel terror fine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31582463

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From BBC : Greece ‘delays reform plan deadline’


Greece ‘delays reform plan deadline’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31580138

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Schubert Symphony No 3 D major Maazel Bavarian RSO


Schubert Symphony No 3 D major Maazel Bavarian RSO

Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major


Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major

Spiritual Reflection_Prayer_is_the_light_of_The_Spirit


Spirtual Reflection_Prayer_is_the_light_of_The_Spirit

Spiritual Reflection_Prayer_is_the_light_of_The_Spirit

Luigi Boccherini – Symphony in A Major Op. 21 No. 6 G498


Luigi Boccherini – Symphony in A Major Op. 21 No. 6 G498

Itzhak Perlman – Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op 61 – Daniel Barenboim


Itzhak Perlman – Beethoven Violin Concerto – Daniel Barenboim

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.

February 23

303   Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of Christians in Rome.
1516   The Hapsburg Charles I succeeds Ferdinand in Spain.
1540   Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
1574   The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France.
1615   The Estates-General in Paris is dissolved, having been in session since October 1614.
1778   Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
1821   Poet John Keats dies of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
1836   The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
1846   The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday.
1847   Forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista.
1854   Great Britain officially recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
1861   Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union.
1885   John Lee survives three attempts to hang him in Exeter Prison, as the trap fails to open.
1898   Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1901   Britain and Germany agree on a boundary between German East Africa and Nyasaland.
1904   Japan guarantees Korean sovereignty in exchange for military assistance.
1916   Secretary of State Lansing hints that the U.S. may have to abandon the policy of avoiding “entangling foreign alliances”.
1921   An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
1926   President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
1936   In Russia, an unmanned balloon rises to a record height of 25 miles.
1938   Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.
1942   A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.
1944   American bombers strike the Marianas Islands bases, only 1,300 miles from Tokyo.
1945   Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.
1945   U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
1946   Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.
1947   Several hundred Nazi organizers are arrested in Frankfurt by U.S. and British forces.
1950   New York’s Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.
1954   Mass innoculation begins as Salk’s polio vaccine is given to children for first time.
1955   Eight nations meet in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.
1960   Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.
1964   The U.S. and Britain recognize the new Zanzibar government.
1967   American troops begin the largest offensive of the war, near the Cambodian border.
1972   Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.
1991   French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.
Born on February 23
1633   Samuel Pepys, English diarist.
1685   George F. Handel, German composer.
1743   Meyer Amschel Rothschild, banker and founder of the Rothschild dynasty in Europe.
1868   W.E.B. [William Edward Burghardt] Du Bois, U.S. historian and civil rights leader, founder of what became the NAACP.
1883   Victor Fleming, film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind)
1899   Erich Kastner, German poet, novelist and children’s author (Emil and the Detectives).
1904   William Shirer, CBS broadcaster and author (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich).
1924   Allan MacLeod Cormack, physicist, developed the CAT scan.

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picture of the day: W.E.B. Du Bois



W.E.B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. As a sociologist, he focused on the problem of race for blacks in the United States. He became an influential leader of black Americans, presenting an alternative to Booker T. Washington, whose policies Du Bois considered too conservative and too accommodating to whites. Du Bois, believing that blacks could achieve progress only through protest, encouraged black nationalism and supported Pan-Africanism. Du Bois also founded the Niagara Movement, served as the NAACP’s director of research and editor of its magazine Crisis, and taught and published his philosophy at Atlanta University. W.E.B. Du Bois died at the age of 95 in 1963.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Monday, February 23rd, 2015 : St. Polycarp


today’s holiday: Brunei National Day (2015)


Brunei National Day (2015)

Brunei is an independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in the Malay Archipelago; it is officially named Brunei Darussalam. It had been a British protectorate since 1888. The sultanate gained independence in 1984 and observes its National Day each year on February 23. Many people prepare months in advance to participate in colorful crowd formations, a favorite National Day event, and prayer services take place at mosques around the country. More… Discuss

quotation: A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad. John Milton


A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad.

John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss


W.E.B. Du Bois (1868)

Du Bois was an early African-American civil rights leader and scholar, as well as the first African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University. He was an outspoken critic of the social inequalities that existed in the US during the early part of the 20th century, and he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). What led Du Bois to seek Ghanaian citizenship at the age of 95? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cuba Leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States (1903)


Cuba Leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States (1903)

The city of Guantánamo is located in southeast Cuba. Founded in the early 19th century by French colonists from Haiti, it is well known today as the home of the US Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which has installations covering roughly 45 sq mi (116 sq km). The site was leased to the US in 1903, but the Cuban government has refused since 1960 to accept the token annual rent of $5,000 from the US and has pressured for the surrender of the base. What was established at the base in 2002? More… Discuss

Paparazzi-Proof Clothes Foil Photogs


Paparazzi-Proof Clothes Foil Photogs

Betabrand, a US clothing company that specializes in inventive fashion, has created clothing that makes the wearer invisible in flash photographs—a potential boon for thwarting the paparazzi. The collection, created by DJ Chris Holmes and named “Flashback,” features garments with glass nanospheres bonded to the fabric. When a camera flash goes off, the glass reflects it, interfering with the exposure and capturing only the wearer’s silhouette. A tailored suit from the Flashback collection retails for about $520. More… Discuss

The Battle of Leyte Gulf


The Battle of Leyte Gulf

Widely considered one of the greatest naval engagements of all time, the Battle of Leyte Gulf was fought in the seas near the Philippines during World War II. The Japanese occupied the island of Leyte, which became the site of the first American landing in the campaign to recover the Philippines. Over three days in October 1944, American naval forces defeated almost the entire Japanese navy—thereby ensuring ultimate Allied victory. The battle saw the first use of what kind of aircraft tactic? More… Discuss

word: hegemony


hegemony

Definition: (noun) The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.
Synonyms: domination
Usage: Many great works of art were created during the hegemony of Athens in Greece. Discuss.

From USA TODAY: Obama to call for new rules on savings


From USA TODAY

Obama to call for new rules on savings

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