Daily Archives: February 27, 2015

Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka – Song To The Moon


Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka – Song To The Moon

Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899) Poème, Op.25: New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta,Itzhak Perlman, violin


Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899) Poème, Op.25

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)


F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

Cimarosa: “Il Matrimonio segreto” – Ouverture (Daniel Barenboim)


Cimarosa: “Il Matrimonio segreto” – Ouverture (Daniel Barenboim)

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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 28

1066   Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.
1574   On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.
1610   Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
1704   Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.
1847   Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
1861   The territory of Colorado is established.
1900   After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.
1863   Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.
1916   Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
1924   U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.
1936   The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.
1945   U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
1946   The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.
1953   Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.
1967   In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.
1969   A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be executed.
1971   The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.
1994   U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.
Born on February 28
1533   Michel de Montaigne, French moralist who created the personal essay.
1820   John Tenniel, illustrator of various books (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).
1824   Charles Blondin, tightrope walker.
1894   Ben Hecht, writer.
1901   Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning American chemist.
1909   Stephen Spender, English poet, critic.
1911   Denis Burkitt, British medical researcher.
1926   Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Josef Stalin.

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today’s picture: The GI Bill


The GI Bill

First proposed by the American Legion and passed by Congress on January 10, 1944, the GI Bill of Rights–more formally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944–was intended to smooth demobilization for America’s almost 16 million servicemen and women. Postwar college and vocational school attendance soared as more than 50 percent of honorably discharged veterans took advantage of education benefits of up to $500 a year for tuition, plus a living allowance.

When they returned home to marry and start families in record numbers, veterans faced a severe housing shortage. The home loan provisions of the GI Bill provided more than 2 million home loans and created a new American landscape in the suburbs. In 1990, President George Bush summed up the impact of the GI Bill: ‘The GI Bill changed the lives of millions by replacing old roadblocks with paths of opportunity.’

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today’s holiday/commemoration: Fisher Poets Gathering (2015)


Fisher Poets Gathering (2015)

The Fisher Poets Gathering annually brings together poets, musicians, and story-tellers with an interest in fishing, particularly the lives of commercial fishers. Performances and meetings take place in various venues in the historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. The centerpieces of the Gathering are poetry and prose readings, story telling, and open microphone sessions in the evenings. Attendees can also enjoy live music, panels and lectures on fishing-industry issues, and art exhibits. Participants’ literary contributions range from poignant personal memoirs to bawdy songs. More… Discuss

Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton


There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

today’s birthday: David H. Hubel (1926)


David H. Hubel (1926)

In 1981, neurobiologist David Hubel and his research partner, Torsten Wiesel, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in the area of visual perception and their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. Their observations of the various nerve impulses and nerve cells responsible for different types of visual stimuli opened the door for the understanding and treatment of what ailments? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)


Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)

Occurring in the midst of the Dominican Republic’s turbulent 19th-century history, the 1844 revolt that overthrew French-Haitian rule established an independent republic with a presidency that was, in turns, held by Pedro Santana and Buenaventura Báez. Each president at one point tried to bring stability to the country through foreign rule—the former through Spain and the latter through the US. During what period did the US occup

Château Mouton Rothschild


Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world’s greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year’s label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine’s labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? More… Discuss

word: lugubrious


lugubrious

Definition: (adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Synonyms: dreary, woeful, morose, funereal, doleful
Usage: He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child’s birthday party. Discuss.

BBC : Day in pictures: 27 February 2015


Day in pictures: 27 February 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-31658450

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BBC : Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next?


Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31659878

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BBC : How satire came to Muslim Azerbaijan


How satire came to Muslim Azerbaijan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31640643

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BBC : The 30-day worm and cricket diet


The 30-day worm and cricket diet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31589764

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BBC : ‘Progress’ in US-Cuba diplomatic talks


‘Progress’ in US-Cuba diplomatic talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31667183

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Words of wisdom.


The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bmt

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USA TODAY: 3 shocking videos of this week


From USA TODAY

3 shocking videos of this week

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CNN : Police chief reveals JonBenét Ramsey details


Police chief reveals JonBenét Ramsey details
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/justice/2015/02/26/dailyshare-jonbenet-ramsey-police-chief-reddit-ama.hln.html

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CNN : Army Special Forces jump


Army Special Forces jump
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/27/world/gallery/army-special-forces-parachute-jump/index.html

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CNN : Measles cases linked to Las Vegas restaurant


Measles cases linked to Las Vegas restaurant
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/27/us/measles-in-nevada/index.html

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From NPR News


Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It http://n.pr/1FqiT1Z

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From NPR News: health data


Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply http://n.pr/1AP2uTP

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BBC : Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead


Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31669061

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France 24


Spanish combatants detained for ‘joining Ukraine rebels’

http://f24.my/1GzgJhw

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BBC : UN laments IS statue ‘war crimes’


UN laments IS statue ‘war crimes’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31663557

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USA TODAY: Schock pays back $35,000 for office renovation


From USA TODAY

Schock pays back $35,000 for office renovation

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France 24


Yalta, the symbol of a new Cold War?

http://f24.my/1AB1Omo

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France 24


Danish police arrest third man over Copenhagen shootings

http://f24.my/1GyWArX

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France 24


Outcry as IS group destroys ancient Iraqi artefacts

http://f24.my/1AzQ17D

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France 24


French peas flourish in Russia despite vegetable embargo

http://f24.my/1AAZcEY

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BBC : Account data stolen in TalkTalk hack


Account data stolen in TalkTalk hack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31656613

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BBC : Google buys .app web domain for $25m


Google buys .app web domain for $25m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31659666

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VOA : Kurdish Fighters Seize Key Islamic State Stronghold


http://www.voanews.com/A/2661793.html

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BBC : Age-related leukaemia cases may soar


Age-related leukaemia cases may soar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31622341

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BBC : Cut music to ‘an hour a day’ – WHO


Cut music to ‘an hour a day’ – WHO http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31661789

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BBC : Threat to east Ukraine ‘to persist’


Threat to east Ukraine ‘to persist’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31657625

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BBC : Fungus plays ‘biomusic’ duet


Fungus plays ‘biomusic’ duet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31655846

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BBC : Extremists ‘not radicalised by MI5’


Extremists ‘not radicalised by MI5’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31663988

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BBC : Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy dies at 83


Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31662024

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BBC : Holder: Change civil rights criteria


Holder: Change civil rights criteria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31663780

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CNN: week in 32 photos


The week in 32 photos
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/27/world/gallery/week-in-photos-0227/index.html

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CNN: 1,000-year-old mummified monk found in statue


1,000-year-old mummified monk found in statue
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/27/asia/mummified-monk-statue/index.html

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From NPR News


ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts http://n.pr/1zKPooa

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From NPR News


This Season On ‘House Of Cards,’ It’s Tough To Be The Boss http://n.pr/1w3E054

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From NPR News


A 10-Hour Ride, A Welcome With Cola Nuts, A Sad Yet Hopeful New Normal http://n.pr/1AOKtVW

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France 24


Pakistani Taliban set their sights on police

http://f24.my/1AA5mVL

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France 24


President Jonathan visits site of Boko Haram massacre

http://f24.my/1FzqBGW

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