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Saint of the Day for Saturday, June 6th, 2015: St. Norbert



 

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
May 28

585 BC   A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside of Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805   Napoleon is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830   Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863   The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859   The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871   The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900   Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940   Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953   Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961   Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Born on May 28
1759   William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England (1783-1801).
1738   Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine, French inventor of the execution device which bears his name.
1779   Thomas Moore, Irish poet.
1807   Jean Agassiz, naturalist and educator.
1818   P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1888   Jim Thorpe, American athlete.
1908   Ian Fleming, British novelist, created the character James Bond.
1910   T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer.
1912   Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm).
1916   Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins).
1918   Herb Shriner, radio humorist.
1919   May Swenson, poet.
1932   Stephen Birmingham, novelist and biographer.
1936   Fred Chappell, poet and novelist.
1940   Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach).

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.c1m9F6e2.dpuf

word: meretricious


meretricious

Definition: (adjective) Attracting attention in a vulgar manner.
Synonyms: flashy, garish, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, tacky
Usage: The town’s tasteful welcome sign was replaced with a meretricious monstrosity, a blinking neon tower. Discuss.

article: Porgy and Bess (Summertime with Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958)


Porgy and Bess

The folk opera Porgy and Bess is American composer George Gershwin’s most ambitious work. Controversial since its release in 1935 for its depiction of African Americans, it tells the story of Porgy, a crippled black man living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from Crown, her pimp, and Sportin’ Life, a drug dealer. Which song from the show is one of the most popular cover songs ever, with an estimated 30,000 different versions recorded? More… Discuss

Summertime Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958

today’s birthday: Eli Whitney (1765)


Eli Whitney (1765)

Whitney was the inventor of the cotton gin, a mechanical device that separates cotton fiber from its seeds. His invention, which had immense economic and social ramifications, brought great wealth to many others, but little to Whitney himself. In 1798, he built a firearms factory, and his products were some of the first to have standardized, interchangeable parts. Why did Whitney’s ginning company go out of business only three years after he received his cotton gin patent? More… Discuss

In the News: Shipwreck Yields More than $1 Million in Gold


 In the News

 

Shipwreck Yields More than $1 Million in Gold

A marine salvage company has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.3 million from a historic shipwreck off the US east coast, but this is a mere fraction of what went down with the ship in 1857—and what the company will likely eventually raise from the depths. The ship was transporting an estimated 21 tons of gold ingots, coins, and raw gold as well as the personal wealth of its 477 passengers when it sank in a hurricane, contributing to the Panic of 1857, a US banking crisis. Discovered in 1988, the wreck was explored by a company that recovered some $40 million in gold before being driven off by lawsuits. More… Discuss

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Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County – via KTLA


Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County

Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County

The spider Latrodectus geometricus, commonly known as the brown widow, grey widow, or geometric button spider, is one of the widow spiders in the genus Latrodectus. As such, it is a “cousin” to the more famous Latrodectus mactans. The brown widow is found in parts of the southeastern, southern and southwestern United States (including Florida, Alabama, California, Oklahoma, Nevada, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas); as well as in parts of Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa and Cyprus.[citation needed] The origin of this species is uncertain, as specimens were independently discovered in both Africa and the Americas. They are usually found around buildings in tropical areas.
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_geometricus)