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A thought for the day

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

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 America's Cup.

In 1881, American ...

Notable Birthdays for August 22

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. ...

Astronomy

Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014 with 131 to follow.

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