Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) Denunciatory or abusive language.|
|Usage:||Bartle had become so excited and angry in the course of his invective that he had forgotten his supper.|
Idiom of the Day
To start becoming crazy, insane, or mentally unstable.
UNIVAC Computer Delivered to the US Census Bureau (1951)
|By 1870, the US population was so large that hand-counting the census was no longer feasible. Despite the invention of a counting machine, by the time the 1880 census was tabulated, it was almost 1890. Dealing with so much data remained a problem until the late 1940s, when the Census Bureau commissioned the first civilian computer. In 1951, it was used to count part of the 1950 census and was so successful that the bureau bought another.|
Jack Johnson (1878)
|The son of two ex-slaves, Johnson was the world's first African-American heavyweight champion. At the height of his career, Johnson was excoriated by the press for having twice married white women, and he offended white supremacists by defeating former champion James J. Jeffries, the "Great White Hope." In 1912, Johnson was convicted under the Mann Act for transporting his wife-to-be across state lines. Sentenced to a year in prison, he fled the country.|
First Monday Trade Days
The First Monday Trade Days are a trading bazaar that each month brings 100-300,000 people to the small town of Canton, Texas. This legendary affair in northern Texas has its origins in the 1850s when the circuit court judge came to Canton on the first Monday of the month to conduct court proceedings. Farmers from the area would gather to sell or trade horses, conduct other business in town, and watch the occasional hanging. Now the flea market starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend before the first Monday, offering merchandise and food at more than 3,000 exhibition stalls.
Playing 'Tetris' after Trauma May Reduce Bad FlashbacksPlaying the video game "Tetris" shortly after a traumatic event, such as a car crash, may reduce the risk of developing intrusive flashbacks of the event, a new study suggests.
Playing 'Tetris' after trauma may reduce bad flashbacks
1732 - Composer Franz Joseph Haydn was born. He is known for helping to develop the Classical style.
1831 - Quebec and Montreal were incorporated as cities.
1870 - In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas Munday Peterson became the first black to vote in the U.S.
1880 - Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
1885 - Binney & Smith Company was founded in New York City. The company later became Crayola, LLC.
1889 - In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
1900 - The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the "Saturday Evening Post".
1918 - For the first time in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
1923 - In New York City, the first U.S. dance marathon was held. Alma Cummings set a new world record of 27 hours.
1940 - La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
1949 - Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
1959 - The Dalai Lama (Llamo Dondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) began exile by crossing the border into India where he was granted political asylum. Gyatso was the 14th Daila Lama.
1966 - An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City. (New York) See me? I'm the 15th from the left and 45 rows back! lol
1987 - HBO (Home Box Office) earned its first Oscar for "Down and Out in America".
1994 - "Nature" magazine announced that a complete skull of Australppithecus afarensis had been found in Ethiopia. The finding is of humankind's earliest ancestor.
1998 - Buddy Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 - Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.
Downtown Wichita Final Friday
Mar 31, 2017
Multiple Locations in Downtown Wichita, KS
On the last Friday of each month, various restaurants, galleries, shops and museums keep their doors open late to participate in Final Friday. The tradition serves to celebrate and spotlight the vibrant arts culture in downtown Wichita, Kansas. During the event, guests are provided with free access to arts venues and can view new installations and artistic demonstrations throughout the night. Additionally, most participating locations offer live music and entertainment to add to the festive vibe.
further information: Wichita Downtown Development Corporation
Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017
Bridwell Ag Center
111 N Burnett St, Wichita Falls, TX
Cowboy True in Wichita Falls, Texas, is a two-day festival honoring the working cowboys of the region that also features juried artwork inspired by the daily life of a cowboy. This art exhibit is open to the public, and the weekend is packed full of live music, hearty food worthy of the working cowboy, a live auction and an artists reception. All proceeds go to The Kemp in the Forum to assist with programming and mission fulfillment.
further information: Cowboy True
Art City Austin
Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017
Cesar Chavez Street
between Guadalupe and Lamar, Austin, TX
Hosted by Art Alliance Austin, Art City Austin turns downtown Austin, Texas, into a live art gallery with over 120 temporary galleries and exhibits. Meet with nationally recognized artists from all over the world working in a variety of media including wood, metal, paint and fiber. For your listening pleasure, several stages host local bands providing live music, and Austin's favorite food trucks offer delicious eats throughout the weekend.
further information: Art City Austin 2017
An Arts & Crafts Affair
Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017
1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN
With over 500 artists and crafters from 30 states featured in both spring and fall festivals, the Arts & Crafts Affair is sure to please. Iterations in Ralston, NE; Shakopee, MN; Villa Park, IL; and Sioux Falls, SD offer a wide array of art and home decor with plenty of entertainment, food, and drink for a long weekend of delightful browsing and buying!
further information: Spring Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair
Grand Kids' Festival
Apr 1, 2017
Post Office Street between 20th and 23rd, Galveston, TX
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the Grand Kids’ Festival is a celebration of arts and crafts for children of all ages. The event features circus performers, creative and dramatic storytellers, puppet shows and a petting zoo with pony rides. Live music and dance groups are showcased at the festival, and there are loads of hands-on activities to raise awareness and appreciation for the fine arts. Youngsters can also participate in arts and crafts workshops and demonstrations and create sprawling chalk murals at this kid-centric street party.
further information: Grand Kids Festival
Picturse of the day
Palm Beach County Park Airport is a county-owned public use airport in Palm Beach County, Florida. It is located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) south of the central business district of West Palm Beach. This airport is categorized as a relief airport.
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