Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To have complicating consequences or outgrowths.|
|Usage:||The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.|
Idiom of the Day
The most successful, impressive, or climactic point (of something).
Hope Diamond Donated to the Smithsonian Institution (1958)
The Hope diamond is one of the largest blue diamonds known. Discovered in India, the original 115-carat stone was sold to King Louis XIV in the 1660s and remained part of the French crown jewels until a theft in 1792. In 1830, London banker Thomas Hope purchased a 45.5-carat diamond, now believed to have been cut from the stolen French jewel. After changing hands many times, the Hope diamond was eventually donated to the Smithsonian by jeweler Harry Winston.
Richard Burton (1925)
|Richard Jenkins, better known by his stage name Richard Burton, was a dark, introspective actor who specialized in portraying conflicted men. His tempestuous marriage to Elizabeth Taylor led to an acting partnership that vaulted Burton to the top rank of stardom. Together they made 11 films, including Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew. Burton and Taylor were married twice.|
|Devathani Ekadashi is a Hindu festival, observed in rural areas, that celebrates the waking of Vishnu. Hindus believe that Vishnu's battle with the great demon Shankhasura was so exhausting that he went to sleep for a period of four months. Each year, Vishnu slumbers from the 11th day of Asadha until the 10th day of Kartika. During his long sleep, Hindu marriages and other ceremonies are not observed. Hindu women celebrate the festival by fasting, worshiping Vishnu, and singing hymns. Newly ripened crops, such as sugarcane and water nuts, may be eaten on this day for the first time.|
Yellowstone's Old Faithful: Scientists Explore Its PlumbingThis month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) plans to fly a large, electromagnetic ring over Yellowstone National Park. It's all part of a new initiative to map the park's underground plumbing.
Scientists at Yellowstone Park examine Old Faithful's plumbing
1775 - The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
1871 - Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1917 - 41 suffragists were arrested in front of the White House.
1954 - The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.
1969 - "Sesame Street" made its debut on PBS.
1969 - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been released 20 years earlier.
1970 - The Great Wall of China opened for tourism.
1982 - In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors.
1999 - Ted Danson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Leotia lubrica is a species of fungus in the family Leotiaceae. The species produces small fruit bodies up to 6 cm (2.4 in) in height, featuring a "head" and a stalk. Ochre tinted with olive-green in color, the heads are irregularly shaped, while the stalk, of a similar color, attaches them to the ground.
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