Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Having a dark complexion or color.|
|Synonyms:||dusky, swart, dark-skinned|
|Usage:||He is a noble of very lofty carriage, black hair, swarthy complexion, piercing eye, white teeth, and has a scar on his temple.|
Idiom of the Day
In last place, especially by a wide margin, as for a race or other competition.
|Less than a year after the first lunar landing, Apollo 13 departed for the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system, and the landing had to be aborted. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and the need to improvise a carbon dioxide removal system, the craft returned safely to Earth. The immortal line from the mission—"Houston, we have a problem"—is a misquote.|
|The son of a financier, Morgan began his career as an accountant before being named a partner in the firm that became J.P. Morgan and Company. One of the world's most powerful railroad magnates, he formed a syndicate to supply the US Treasury's depleted gold reserves and financed the mergers that formed General Electric and US Steel Corporation—the world's first billion-dollar corporation.|
|Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition. i consider the verrazano bridge 'my' bridge as it was built in my lifetime so i saw it in the making! :-)|
|What if you could wrap a camera around your car (or tank) for a 360-degree view or encircle a streetlight to boost security? You might even use it as wallpaper to check out what's happening in the room next door.|
1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It is known as the Boston "News-Letter."
1758 - Frances Williams published a collection of Latin poems. He was the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere.
1860 - New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.
1875 - The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1941 - Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.
1947 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) performed a bunt for his first major league hit.
1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.
1983 - In New York, a transit strike that began on March 7 ended. (due to this strike, everyone walked to work. therefore, i bought my first pair of 'sneakers' - vs 'deck shoes' - and that changed my life forever)
1985 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp.
If You Were Born Today, April 17
You have inner strength and persistence that helps you to overcome obstacles. You understand things that go over others' heads, and your sense of humor is spirited. The drive for material security is strong. Power struggles are often present in your love relationships, generally because you tend to be attracted to people who as strong-minded as you are. Famous people born today: Victoria Beckham, Thornton Wilder, Jennifer Garner, Rooney Mara.
The Color of Peace
Photograph by Tatiana Sharapova, National Geographic
During Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Vrindavan, India, two elderly women sit serenely, blanketed in the brightly colored powders that are tossed about during the celebrations. Social codes are often relaxed during the festival. “About 5,000 widows live in Vrindavan,” says Tatiana Sharapova. “The society [has slowly changed] its position toward widows, and a couple years ago, they were allowed to [participate in] Holi.”
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