Daily Archives: June 22, 2015

From the Guardian : Women’s World Cup 2015: USA beat Colombia – as it happened


Women’s World Cup 2015: USA beat Colombia – as it happened

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picture of the day: Harry Houdini Weds



Harry Houdini Weds
Legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini married Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner on June 22, 1894. When they met, he was a virtually unknown magician and she was performing as one of the Floral Sisters at the Sea Beach Palace, West Brighton Beach, New York. They were married for over thirty years.

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Saint of the Day for Monday, June 22nd, 2015: St. Thomas More


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St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the … continue reading

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today’s holiday/commemoration Croatia Anti-Fascist Resistance Day


Croatia Anti-Fascist Resistance Day

This holiday in Croatia, also called Anti-Fascism Day, dates back to the Second World War. After Nazi Germany invaded and conquered Yugoslavia in 1941, Croatia became a German puppet state under a government of Croatian fascists, called the Ustaše. One of the resistance groups that sprang up to oppose the fascist government was the Partisans, headed by half-Croatian Communist leader Josip Broz Tito. Anti-Fascist Resistance Day is a national holiday in Croatia. Like most warm-weather holidays in the country, it is celebrated with outdoor barbeques and fireworks. More… Discuss

quotation: Agatha Christie (about work and working)


I didn’t want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: Meryl Streep (1949)


Meryl Streep (1949)

Streep is widely considered one of the most respected and talented film actors of all time. Famous for her mastery of a wide variety of accents, she has become legendary for the perfectionist approach she brings to each role. Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history and won two for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice. She is also tied with Jack Nicholson for most Golden Globe Award wins. What was Streep’s first starring role? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany Invades the Soviet Union (1941)


Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany Invades the Soviet Union (1941)

The largest military operation of World War II, Operation Barbarossa was the codename for Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Named for 12th-century crusader and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the Axis operation included more than 4.5 million troops over a 1,800-mile (2,900-km) front. Though the Red Army suffered heavy losses, Operation Barbarossa failed and marked a turning point in the war that many believe sealed the Nazis’ fate. How many were killed during the operation? More… Discuss

Porcelain


Porcelain

Porcelain is a white, hard, nonporous pottery which is resonant when struck. It was first made by the Chinese to withstand the great heat generated in certain parts of their kilns. The two natural substances used were kaolin and a feldspar mineral called petuntse that forms a glassy cement. In Europe porcelain was first commercially produced in the early 1700s. Most of the European porcelain is soft paste and is not as strong as the Chinese hard-paste porcelain. What is bone china? More… Discuss

WORD: aguacate


aguacate

Definition: (noun) A pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed.
Synonyms: alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
Usage: Jim prepared his special aguacate dip and served it with tortilla chips. Discuss.

South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag from statehouse


South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag from statehouse

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Puberty age ‘affects many diseases’


Puberty age ‘affects many diseases’

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From the Guardian : Barack Obama uses N-word during discussion on racism


Barack Obama uses N-word during discussion on racism

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From the Guardian : Greek crisis: Eurozone ministers still hopeful of deal this week


Greek crisis: Eurozone ministers still hopeful of deal this week

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From the Guardian : UN accuses Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during 2014 Gaza war


UN accuses Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during 2014 Gaza war

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From BBC : Police team to hunt IS web accounts


Police team to hunt IS web accounts

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