Daily Archives: March 23, 2015

From BBC news :’Monster salamanders’ in mass grave

‘Monster salamanders’ in mass grave http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32016625

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From BBC news : Flower-friendly farms ‘boost bees’

Flower-friendly farms ‘boost bees’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32022546

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From CNN : The story behind the world’s best photograph

The story behind the world’s best photograph

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From BBC news : LHC restart ‘not before Wednesday’

LHC restart ‘not before Wednesday’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31849632

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From BBC news : Visiting Afghan leader praises US

Visiting Afghan leader praises US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32021942

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From BBC news : Three killed in US scaffold collapse

Three killed in US scaffold collapse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32022381

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From BBC news : Greek-German summit amid debt fears

Greek-German summit amid debt fears http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32012066

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From BBC news : Woman lynched ‘for speaking out’

Woman lynched ‘for speaking out’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32014077

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From BBC news : Netanyahu apologises to Arab voters

Netanyahu apologises to Arab voters http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32026995

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From NPR News

Yemen Descends Into Chaos As Foreign Minister Seeks Help From Neighbors http://n.pr/18T1jsW

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Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b

Antonin Dvorak American Suite in A, Op. 98b

Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez

Debussy, Printemps: Suite Symphonique. Pierre Boulez

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart /// Ballet Music in C, K 299b from ‘Les petits riens’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart /// Ballet Music in C, K 299b from ‘Les petits riens’

Les Petits Riens, K. App. 10/299b.

Concerto Köln, on period instruments. Directed by Anton Steck. Composed by W.A. Mozart (1756-91).

I. Ouverture: Allegro (0:00)
II. No. 9 Andantino (3:14)
III. No. 10 Allegro (4:24)
IV. No. 11 Larghetto (4:34)
V. No. 8 — * (5:49)
VI. No. 12 Gavotte: Allegro (7:53)
VII. No. 15 Gavotte gracieuse (9:14)
VIII. No. 16 Pantomime (10:07)
IX. No. 14 –* (11:58)
X. No. 18 Gavotte (13:34)
XI. No. 5 Agité* (16:58)

L. v. Beethoven: Op. 25 / Serenade [Serenata] for flute, violin and viola in D major (Vienna, 1796?)

L. v. Beethoven: Op. 25 / Serenade [Serenata] for flute, violin and viola in D major (Vienna, 1796?)

YouTube Most Viewed: Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2 Published on May 5, 2013/1,077,272 views

Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2

Saint of the Day for Monday, March 23rd, 2015: St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Image of St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Bishop and defender of the rights of the native Indians in Peru, Born in Mayorga, Spain, he studied law and became a lawyer and then professor at Salamanca, receiving appointment-despite being a … 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.

Today in History
March 23

1657   France and England form an alliance against Spain.
1743   Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time in London.
1775   American revolutionary hero Patrick Henry, while addressing the House of Burgesses, declares “give me liberty, or give me death!”
1791   Etta Palm, a Dutch champion of woman’s rights, sets up a group of women’s clubs called the Confederation of the Friends of Truth.
1848   Hungary proclaims its independence of Austria.
1857   Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.
1858   Eleazer A. Gardner of Philadelphia patents the cable street car, which runs on overhead cables.
1862   Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson faces his only defeat at the Battle of Kernstown, Va
1880   John Stevens of Neenah, Wis., patents the grain crushing mill. This mill allows flour production to increase by 70 percent.
1901   A group of U.S. Army soldier led by Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston capture Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine Insurrection of 1899.
1903   The Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent.
1909   British Lt. Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic South Pole.
1909   Theodore Roosevelt begins an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
1917   Austrian Emperor Charles I makes a peace proposal to French President Poincare.
1920   Great Britain denounces the United States because of its delay in joining the League of Nations.
1921   Arthur G. Hamilton sets a new parachute record, safely jumping 24,400 feet.
1927   Captain Hawthorne Gray sets a new balloon record soaring to 28,510 feet.
1933   The Reichstag gives Adolf Hitler the power to rule by decree.
1942   The Japanese occupy the Anadaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.
1951   U.S. paratroopers descend from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.
1956   Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, although it is still within the British Commonwealth.
1967   Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. calls the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.
1970   Mafia boss Carlo Gambino is arrested for plotting to steal $3 million.
1972   The United States calls a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.
1981   U.S. Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.
Born on March 23
1900   Erich Fromm, German psychologist (The Sane Society).
1907   Daniele Bovet, Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist.
1908   Joan Crawford, American actress.
1910   Akira Kurosawa, film director (Rashomon, The Seven Samurai).
1912   Werner von Braun, German-born rocket pioneer.
1929   Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes.

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today’s image: Colonial Reaction to the Stamp Act

Colonial Reaction to the Stamp Act
Young hothead Patrick Henry addresses the Virginia House of Burgesses on May 29, 1765. Henry emerged as a major spokesman after British lawmakers passed the Stamp Act on March 22, placing a heavy tax on all legal documents, newspapers, diplomas, licenses and even playing cards issued or sold in America. The colonists viewed the act as taxation without representation and reacted with a violence that astonished the British. Henry proposed the Virginia Resolves, five resolutions that denied Parliament’s right to tax America. He shocked the more conservative members of the Virginia legislature when he reportedly said, ‘Caesar had his Brutus, Charles I his Cromwell. May George III profit from their example.’

Engraving from Peter F. Rothermel’s 1851 painting, Patrick Henry before the Virginia House of Burgesses, National Archives

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today’s holiday: Pakistan Day (2015)

Pakistan Day (2015)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More… Discuss

quotation: Man’s worst ill is stubbornness of heart. Sophocle

Man’s worst ill is stubbornness of heart.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Wernher von Braun (1912)

Wernher von Braun (1912)

Devoted to the pursuit of rocketry and spaceflight since his teenage years, German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun was responsible for the successful development of the German V-2 rocket, thousands of which were launched against London and Antwerp during World War II’s final year. Nevertheless, at the close of the war, von Braun was brought to the US and soon became a prime figure in the cold war arms race and later in the space program. What notable American projects did he work on? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Russia’s Czar Paul I Assassinated (1801)

Russia’s Czar Paul I Assassinated (1801)

After his mother, Catherine the Great, suffered a stroke, Paul I ascended to the throne. The new czar instituted a number of reforms that angered the nobility and provoked a conspiracy against him. On the night of his murder, Paul was confronted in his bedroom and pressured to sign his abdication. When he refused, the assassins struck him with a sword, strangled him, and trampled him to death. Though he did not participate in the attack, his successor knew about the plot. Who was he? More… Discuss



Bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat, and maize in human food consumption. They are grown in 130 countries worldwide, more than any other fruit crop. In popular culture and commerce, “banana” usually refers to the soft, sweet “dessert” bananas that are usually eaten raw. The bananas from a group of cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit, generally used in cooking rather than eaten raw, are typically known as what? More… Discuss

word: cantabile


Definition: (adjective) In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style.
Synonyms: singing
Usage: The last part of the movement, a sweet, cantabile passage, resonated with the young audience. Discuss.

From France 24 :

Doctors Without Borders slams WHO’s slow reaction to Ebola


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From CNN : 26 arrests after mob beats, burns woman

26 arrests after mob beats, burns woman

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From CNN : Why ISIS is so good at luring Westerners

Why ISIS is so good at luring Westerners

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From NPR News: he’s a confederate flag license plate free speech?

Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech? http://n.pr/1Bcihtc

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From BBC news : Deal signed to end Nile dispute

Deal signed to end Nile dispute http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32016763

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From BBC news : Yemen risks ‘protracted conflict’

Yemen risks ‘protracted conflict’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32011978

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From BBC news : ‘Nazi hide-out’ probed in Argentina

‘Nazi hide-out’ probed in Argentina http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32014659

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From BBC news : Queues form for Richard III coffin

Queues form for Richard III coffin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-32014296

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From BBC news : Seminal geology map re-discovered

Seminal geology map re-discovered http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32004102

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From BBC news : The beast of the Danube

The beast of the Danube http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31988139

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