Daily Archives: January 13, 2019

Today’s Holiday: Hostos Day


Today’s Holiday:
Hostos Day

Eugenio Maria de Hostos (1839-1903) was a Puerto Rican philosopher and patriot who became a leader of the opposition to Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century. He campaigned for the education of women in Brazil, and his books on law and education triggered reforms in other Latin American countries. He even sponsored the first railroad between Chile and Argentina, across the Andes Mountains. The anniversary of his birth is observed as a public holiday in Puerto Rico on the second Monday in January. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Today’s Birthday: Berthe Morisot (1841)


Today’s Birthday:
Berthe Morisot (1841)

Morisot was a French impressionist painter best known for her loose brushwork and the sensitivity she brought to her female subjects. She studied with many gifted painters, including Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and was highly influenced by Édouard Manet, whose brother she later married. She exhibited regularly with the Impressionists, and although none of her exhibits proved commercially successful, she outsold Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. What are some of her best known paintings? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: San Francisco’s Human Be-In Launches “Summer of Love” (1967)


This Day in History:
San Francisco’s Human Be-In Launches “Summer of Love” (1967)

In 1967, the burgeoning counterculture movement took center stage in San Francisco as a number of figures who would become its icons gathered for a “happening” in Golden Gate Park. Announced as a “Human Be-In” in the San Francisco Oracle newspaper, the event featured speakers Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg, as well as performances by The Grateful Dead, among many others. Attended by tens of thousands of people, the event helped to launch 1967’s “Summer of Love,” which was what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Washington Irving


Quote of the Day:
Washington Irving

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch8y

Article of the Day: The Spleen


Article of the Day:
The Spleen

Located under the diaphragm on the left side of the abdominal cavity, the spleen is the organ that filters out old red blood cells and foreign organisms infecting the bloodstream. Ordinarily, the spleen’s manufacture of red blood cells is taken over by bone marrow after birth, but if bone marrow breaks down, the spleen reverts to its fetal function. When additional blood is needed, the spleen contracts, forcing stored blood into circulation. Why does the spleen sometimes need to be removed? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: the toast of (the town)


Idiom of the Day:
the toast of (the town)

Someone who is especially well-liked, regarded, or admired in a certain place. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: kowtow


Word of the Day:
kowtow

Definition: (verb) Try to gain favor by cringing or flattering.

Synonyms: bootlick, toady, truckle, fawn, suck up

Usage: Josh was next in line for a promotion, but he refused to kowtow to his superiors, and they ultimately chose the suck-up who sat in the cubicle to his right.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Horoscope ♉: 01/13/2019


Horoscope ♉:
01/13/2019

Books and conversations with friends could take up most of your day, Taurus. The intellectual stimulation could have positive and negative effects on your health. Positive because it raises your enthusiasm and puts you in an enthusiastic state of mind, and negative because it might get you so excited that you forget to eat or rest. Enjoy all the excitement but don’t forget to take a break.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Mela Maghi


Today’s Holiday:
Mela Maghi

Guru Gobind Singh and his Khalsa, a defense militia of “soldier-saints” he formed, were attacked by the Mughal army at Anandpur. It is said that 40 of his close followers joined the Guru at Muktsar, where they gave their lives in the Battle of Muktsar in December 1705. Maghi is a day for honoring these men, who are now known as the Forty Immortals. Sikhs in India and elsewhere observe the holiday by visiting their local gurdwara (house of worship) and listening to the recitation of sacred hymns. The observance is particularly solemn at Muktsar, where the slaughter occurred. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Sophie Tucker (1884)


Today’s Birthday:
Sophie Tucker (1884)

Tucker was a Russian-born American singer and entertainer who began performing vaudeville as a child, singing ragtime melodies in blackface. She later abandoned the makeup but continued in the African-American style, helping popularize the songs of black composers. Known for her racy songs, she enjoyed great success on tour and went on to appear in several stage and movie musicals but was best known as a nightclub torch singer. In her later years, she was billed under what moniker? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)


This Day in History:
Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)

One of Australia’s worst natural disasters took place in January 1939, when bushfires broke out in the state of Victoria. Over the course of several days, fires burned nearly 5 million acres of land, killing 71 people, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and ravaging entire towns. An extremely hot and dry summer had preceded the fires, and the day they broke out, temperatures in Melbourne soared to a record 114.1 °F (45.6 °C). How long was it before the city had a hotter day than that? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain


Quote of the Day:
Mark Twain

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Gadget


Article of the Day:
The Gadget

With the discovery of fission in 1939, it became clear to scientists that certain radioactive materials could be used to make a bomb of unprecedented power. In the US, the effort to explore this possibility eventually became the Manhattan Project. After years of research and $2 billion spent acquiring sufficient amounts of the two necessary isotopes, uranium-235 and plutonium-239, scientists tested the first nuclear explosive device, code-named “the Gadget,” on July 16, 1945, at what location? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: a (real) frog-choker


Idiom of the Day:
a (real) frog-choker

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: diggings


Word of the Day:
diggings

Definition: (noun) Temporary living quarters.

Synonyms: domiciliation, lodgings, pad

Usage: We were tired and hungry…and when we got to Datchet we took out the hamper, the two bags, and the rugs and coats…and started off to look for diggings.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch