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A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: It was Hartford (Conn.) Courant Editor Charles Dudley Warner -- and not his friend and colleague Mark Twain -- who said, Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

Other Notable Events for August 24

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On this date in history:

In 79 A.D., thousands died and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

In 1814, the British captured Washington and burned the Capitol and the White House.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 24

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Those born on this date include:

- Pioneer British abolitionist William Wilberforce in 1759
- English author/parodist Max Beerbohm in 1872
- country music publisher Fred Rose in 1898
- Argentine poet/author Jorge Luis Borges in 1899
- Palestinian leader/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yasser Arafat in 1929
- ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2016 with 129 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.

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This Day in History, August 24

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On August 24th, 1853, potato chips were first prepared.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. -- Gen. George S. Patton

Other Notable Events for August 23

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On this date in history:

In 1926, silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino died.

In 1927, despite worldwide demonstrations on their behalf, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for murder.

In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact. Less than two ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 23

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Those born on this date include:

- French King Louis XVI in 1754
- British economist Arnold Toynbee in 1852
- poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters in 1868
- British radio pioneer William Eccles in 1875
- Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, hero of Bataan in World War II, in 1883
- humorist Will Cuppy in 1884
- ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2016 with 130 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.

University of Groningen

This Day in History, August 23

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On August 23rd, 1614, the University of Groningen was established.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Other Notable Events for August 22

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On this date in history:

In 1851, the U.S.-built schooner America outran a fleet of Britain's finest ships around England's Isle of Wight in an international race that became known as the America's Cup.

In 1881, American humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the National Red Cross.

In 1911, ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 22

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Those born on this date include:

- French composer Claude Debussy in 1862
- Charles Jenkins, inventor of airplane brakes and the conical drinking cup, in 1867
- writer-critic Dorothy Parker in 1893
- heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley in 1920
- science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in 1920
- actor Honor ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Monday, Aug. 22, the 235th day of 2016 with 131 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. -- Jim Morrison

Other Notable Events for August 21

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On this date in history:

In 1831, Nat Turner launched a bloody slave insurrection in Southampton County, Va., leading to the deaths of 60 people. Turner, an educated minister who considered himself chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery, was hanged.

In 1935, Benny Goodman's nationally broadcast concert at Los ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 21

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Those born on this date include:

- Jazz great William Count Basie in 1904
- mystery novelist Anthony Boucher in 1911
- sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel in 1923
- sports broadcaster Jack Buck in 1924
- Britain's Princess Margaret in 1930
- actor Melvin Van Peebles in 1932 (age 84)
- basketball Hall ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 21, the 234th day of 2016 with 132 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.

Nat Turner

This Day in History, August 21

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On August 21st, 1831, Nat Turner led a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Hollywood is like an empty wastebasket. -- Ginger Rogers

 
 

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