thanks for the family portrait pics, susie
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A trait of dignified seriousness.|
|Usage:||Do I seem to have lost my solemnity, my gravity, my poise, my dignity?|
Idiom of the Day
Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably)
|Just two decades after the first successful powered flight, pilots from the US Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The trip took 175 days, and not all of it was smooth sailing—or flying, as it were. Weeks after the group of four airplanes set out from Seattle, Washington, one crashed in Alaska. Luckily, the crew survived, as did that of another of the planes, which later went down over the Atlantic.|
|An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund.|
|Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement ofRama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding ofBangkok as the capital.|
|Scientists have found a rare three-star system 685 light years away. Instead of the more typical single star, or even a pair, it boasts a trio of suns that coexist in a complex dance.|
1607 - An expedition led by Captain Christopher Newport arrived at the Spanish colony of Puerto Rico for supplies before continuing on their journey. On May 14, they went ashore and founded Jamestown, Virginia, as the first permanent English colony in America.
1830 - Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon Church in western New York
1896 - The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
1909 - Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.
1916 - Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.
1927 - William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
1957 - Trolley cars in New York City completed their final runs.
1968 - Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs. Robinson" was released.
1985 - William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital.
1993 - Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.
If You Were Born Today, April 6
You are security-minded overall yet do act on impulse from time to time. Your friends are especially important to you, and you will go out on a limb for someone you care about. You are a great worker with a good eye for detail. Good at leading, you do enjoy being in control! You are a passionate and strong person with a big heart. Famous people born today: Lowell Thomas, Merle Haggard, Marilu Henner, Paul Rudd, Eliza Coupe.
James Watson (b. 1928) is an American molecular biologist,geneticist and zoologist, best known for discovering the double helix structure of DNA in 1953 jointly with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material". Educated at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, Watson met Crick at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory in England, where they were still working when they deduced the structure. Watson wrote of the discovery in his book,The Double Helix (1968), and promoted further study of molecular biology while serving as director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory(CSHL) on Long Island, New York
Photograph by Melissa Leak, National Geographic
Melissa Leak submitted this photo of Lanzarote’s Green Lagoon, which sports a unique, acidic color due to a proliferation of algae. Green Lagoon is bordered by a beach of pebbly, black volcanic rock. In fact, Lanzarote, one of Spain's Canary Islands, owes its otherworldly landscape to the ancient volcanic activity that shaped it.
WALKING STICK COZY
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... diy