Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for take-offs and landings.|
|Usage:||Before the invasion, the general ordered a large flattop to anchor several miles offshore to facilitate a swift aerial attack.|
Idiom of the Day
Don't get into that topic of conversation; I don't want to talk about that. Used humorously, the phrase usually implies that the speaker has a potentially scandalous, sensitive, or otherwise complicated association with the topic.
|Catherine II was empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. The daughter of a German prince, she was chosen at 14 to be the wife of the future czar, Peter III. In 1762, conspirators led by her lover staged a coup and proclaimed her empress. Peter was murdered shortly thereafter. As czarina, she increased Russia's power by skillful diplomacy and by extending its frontiers into central Europe. She was a patron of the arts and corresponded with many of the prominent minds of her era.|
|The Sagra di Sant' Efisio at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, commemorates the martyrdom of a 3rd-century Roman general who was converted to Christianity and credited with saving the town from the plague. On May 1, a procession accompanies a statue of St. Efisio through the streets of Cagliari to the church ofPula, the town where he suffered martyrdom. Three days later, the statue returns to Cagliari. Several thousand pilgrims, wearing costumes that date from the 17th century and earlier, take part in the procession, which culminates in a parade down Cagliari's main avenue.|
|The bones of an early human that lived in Morocco half-a-million years ago show evidence of a dinner date with a hyena.|
1670 - The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England's King Charles II.
1885 - The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published.
1887 - Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.
1902 - "A Trip to the Moon," the first science fiction film was released. It was created by magician George Melies.
1941 - The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.
1969 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made its maiden voyage.
spielberg playing around with jaws
1974 - The filming of "Jaws" began in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.
If You Were Born Today, May 2
Down to earth, practical, and responsible, you are a hard worker (some might say a workaholic!) with a strong will. A calm and capable aura surrounds you. Security and stability are what you crave most, and while you are generally very practical, you set your sights high. Famous people born today: Catherine the Great, Benjamin Spock, David Beckham, Sarah Hughes, Lily Allen.
SMS Baden was one of four Sachsen-class armored frigates of the German Imperial Navy. Built in the Imperial Dockyard in Kiel from 1876 to 1883 and armed with a main battery of six 26 cm (10 in) guns in two open barbettes, she was commissioned in September 1883. Baden served on numerous training exercises and cruises in the 1880s and 1890s and participated in several cruises escorting Kaiser Wilhelm II on state visits. During 1896–1897, the ship was extensively rebuilt. She was removed from active duty in 1910, served in a number of secondary roles, and was sold in April 1938 and broken up in 1939–1940.
Photograph by Konsta Linkola, National Geographic
Surfers wait for the perfect icy swell at this seemingly unlikely surfing spot: Unstad Beach in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, captured in this image by Konsta Linkola. “We were hit by a blizzard as we were approaching the beach,” Linkola writes, “which made the surfing more extreme.”
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