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  1. Caption Contest # 155

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  3. 8/25/16

    1847 Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. 1920 The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote went into effect. 1974 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died. 1978 John Paul I became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He died one month later. **************************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA*********************************************** 1939...........................The first televised major league baseball game was televised: a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. Stick-and-ball games were in existence as far back as ancient Egypt. However, modern baseball developed from variations of the English game of rounders, from related regional and local games, and from children's games like "one old cat," all of which had evolved through centuries. The traditional story that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, N.Y. has been discredited. Rather, in the 1840s and 50s Alexander Cartwright and Louis Wadsworth of the New York Knickerbocker Club standardized many of the features and field dimensions still in use today, with Cartwright modifying rules used by older clubs to codify fundamental rules for the game in 1845. It is widely thought that the first game of modern baseball was played by the Knickerbockers in the fall of 1845 in a park called Elysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J. During an 1857 convention Wadsworth established the modern standard regarding the number of players and innings. Sportswriter Henry Chadwick wrote (1858) the first rule book, and though the rules continue to change by small degrees, by 1900 the game was essentially that of today. In the mid-19th cent. baseball was primarily popular among local clubs in the Northeast, often made up of members of the same occupation. Eventually, competition broadened, and an organization to promote standardized rules and facilitate scheduling, the National Association of Baseball Players, was formed in 1858. The movement of Union soldiers during the Civil War helped to spread the game, and increased opportunities for leisure, improved communications, and easier travel after the war fostered a wider competitive base and increased interest. In 1869, Harry Wright organized the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first professional team, and took them on a 57-game national tour, during which they were unbeaten. Seeking to expand on the Reds' success, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players in 1871 chartered nine teams in eight cities as the first professional league. In the 1870s a number of competing leagues were formed, including the National League, which soon became the predominant association. Financial hardships, gambling-related scandals, and franchise upheaval plagued all the leagues, and a players' revolt in 1890, which resulted in a short-lived Players Association, weakened the National League. A competing league, the Western Association, changed its name to the American League in 1900 and placed clubs in several eastern cities. In 1903 the champions of the American and National leagues met for the first time in what became known as the World Series. Both leagues fought off the challenge of the Federal League in 1914–15, but baseball's popularity and stability were threatened when the 1919 Chicago White Sox conspired to lose the World Series. Club owners then hired Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first baseball commissioner (1920–44) and charged him with resolving the crisis. Landis banned eight members of the "Black Sox" for life (despite their acquittal in a court of law), helping to lift suspicion from the professional game.
  4. 8/25/16

    Nationality American Born on 25 August 1987 AD Sun Sign Virgo Net worth $16 million Blake Ellender Lively was born in California in a family of actors and acting coaches. Her parents used to teach acting at an acting school, which is where she was introduced to the nuances of the acting world. But it turned out that she did not care much for acting until her actor brother Eric Lively got her an audition for ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ in 2005. The movie became a big success and got Lively considerable amount of attention from media and Hollywood. She was nominated for her role of ‘Bridget’ in the movie by Teen Choice Awards. She did many more movies like: ‘Simon Says’, ‘Elvis and Anabelle’, ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2’. ‘New York, I Love You’, ‘Green Lantern’, ‘The Town’, ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’, ‘Savages’, etc. But it was the CW series ‘Gossip Girl’ and her character of ‘Serena Van der Woodsen’ that got her the most fame in her Hollywood career. The series ran for 5 years, making Lively a chic celebrity with a lot of panache. She has dated a lot of big celebrities of Holloywood like Ryan Gosling, Penn Badgley, Leonardo di Caprio, before she ultimately decided to settle down with her ‘Green Lantern’ co-star Ryan Reynolds in 2012. Trivia Lively did a music video with Jessica Alba in 2010 for her album ‘The Lonely Island’, in the song ‘I Just Had Sex’. In 2011, she was listed amongst the 100 most influential people in the world in TIME magazine. In the same year she was called the most desirable woman of the year by AskMen.com. She has been called the celebrity homemaker by Salon as she is a foodie and a great cook. She is a big fan of Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson. She has done a stint in Gucci’s ‘Chime for Change’ campaign video, which was designed to raise issues of women’s education, health and justice. She featured on the cover of Cosmo magazine in 2008, stating in the interview that she does not do drugs or drink alcohol but does sleep around a lot.
  5. 8/24/16

    1718 New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans. 1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. 1875 Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes. 1944 Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces. 1984 Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles. 2001 Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. 2003 NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. 2009 Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, a fixture in the Senate for 46 years, dies of brain cancer at the age of 77. 2012 The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died after suffering complications from a heart bypass. ****************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA********************************************************* 1916.............................The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations. Chances are you've been to a park or historic area in the National Park System at one time or another. If it was in 2015, then your visit was one of an impressive 307,247,252 total recreation visits made to System sites last year alone. To put that in perspective, consider that according to the Census Bureau the population of the United States is over 321,418,820. Statistics aside, if you've ever tried to make a last-minute lodging reservation during the summer, you're already well aware of the popularity of the National Parks. History of the Park System On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the National Park Service as an office of the Department of the Interior. The government’s aim, as stated in the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, was to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment for the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
  6. 8/24/16

    Nationality American religion Muslim Born on 24 August 1973 AD Sun Sign Virgo Born in Washington, D.C. father William David Chappelle III mother Yvonne Spouse: Elaine Chappelle children Sulayman Chappelle, Sonal Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle education Duke Ellington School of the Arts Net worth $10 million David Khari Webber, popularly known as Dave Chappelle, is an American comedian, television/film producer and actor. Although his on-screen appearances have greatly reduced since the last decade, his quirky remarks and comic timing remains fresh even today. Ranked as one of the best stand-up comedians by ‘Comedy Central’, Dave Chappelle made his mark as an impeccable artiste on the ‘Chappelle’s Show’, which ended abruptly due to his early retirement. One of the boldest, raunchiest and the most versatile actor-comedians, he is known for his oddball sense of humor and for his crude guilelessness. Apart from stand-up comedy, he has also starred in a number of movies in minor yet unforgettable roles, including, ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’, ‘The Nutty Professor’ and ‘Blue Streak’. After years of struggle with small roles in films, he hit it big with his very own primetime show, which featured skits, celebrity mimicry and short films. Despite signing on for two more seasons of the show, the production was ‘indefinitely’ terminated and he got back to doing stand-up comedy. He converted to Islam and currently lives with his wife and three children on the outskirts of Yellow Springs, in Ohio. Trivia This famous American stand-up comedian has endorsed both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. This stand-up comedian is an avid video-gamer and currently holds a ‘War of Witchcraft’ account.
  7. 8/23/16

    1572 70,000 French Protestants, or Huguenots, were killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. 1814 The British set fire to the White House and the Capitol when they invaded Washington, DC during the War of 1812. 1821 Mexico gained its independence from Spain with the Treaty of Cordoba. 1949 The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect. 1968 France became the world's fifth nuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. 1989 Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling. 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him. 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, causing record damage. ***************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA********************************************************** 79..........................................Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Vesuvius (vəsōˈvēəs) [key], Ital. Vesuvio, only active volcano on the European mainland, S Italy, on the eastern shore of the Bay of Naples, SE of Naples. The height of the main cone changes with each eruption, varying within a few hundred feet of the 4,000-ft (1,219-m) level; in 1969 the height was 4,190 ft (1,277 m). The second summit, Monte Somma (3,770 ft/1,149 m) is a ridge that half encircles the cone and is separated from it by a valley (c.3 mi/5 km long). The sides of Vesuvius are deeply scarred by lava flow, but its lower slopes are extremely fertile, dotted with villages, and covered with vineyards which produce the famous Lachryma Christi wine. The base of the mountain (circumference c.45 mi/70 km) is encircled by a railroad, and a chairlift reaches almost to the rim of the crater (diameter c.2,300 ft/700 m). On the western slope, at 1,995 ft (608 m), there is a seismological observatory (built 1840–45). The outline of Vesuvius forms part of the backdrop of Naples; it is often surmounted by a faint plume of smoke. The earliest recorded eruption (A.D. 79) was described by Pliny the Younger in two letters to Tacitus; the eruption buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae under cinders, ashes, and mud. Pliny the Elder was killed by the eruption, which he had come to investigate. Frequent eruptions have been recorded since Pompeii was destroyed, notably in 512, in 1631, six times in the 18th cent., eight times in the 19th cent. (notably in 1872), and in 1906, 1929, and 1944. The eruptions vary greatly in severity, but the geological record shows that Vevusius experiences a truly devastating eruption every 2,000–3,000 years.
  8. 8/23/16

    Nationality British Born on 23 August 1946 AD Sun Sign Leo Born in Harlesden Died on 07 September 1978 AD place of death London father Alfred Charles mother Kathleen Winifred Moon Spouse: Kim McLagan (m. 1966–1975) children Amanda Moon education Harrow Technical College Keith Moon was a popular drummer of the British rock group The Who. He was well-known for his distinctive playing style. Songs like ‘Success Story’ and ‘Dreaming From the Waist’ from the album ‘The Who By Numbers’ mark his remarkable performance as a drummer. According to his biographer Tony Fletcher, he used to consider the drums as a lead instrument. He was also notorious for his lunatic behaviour, alcoholism and partying. Besides playing drums, he also acted in films like ‘Sextette’, 'Tommy’ and ‘200 Motels’. Influenced by the music of Elvis Presley and Eric Delany, he used to play bulge for a local band. Inspired by the work of renowned drummer Gene Krupa, he developed a strong penchant for drums. Later, he learnt playing drums from Carlo Little, a famous drummer. After his brief stint with the band The Escorts, he joined The Beachcombers. Later, he became a part of the band The Who. Several albums of the band 'The Who' feature his unique style of drumming. Apart from playing drums, he also performed as band’s singer. In this context, his singing of ‘Barbara Ann’ for the television programme ‘Ready, Steady, Who’ deserve special mention. ‘Two Sides of the Moon’ is his only solo album. Trivia In May 1966, this renowned drummer was severely injured when Townshend, the songwriter of the band, accidentally hit him with his guitar and delivered a blow as the drummer reached late during one of his performances.
  9. 8/22/16

    1305 Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London. 1914 Japan declared war on Germany in World War I. 1927 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery, despite worldwide protests. 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. *********************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA**************************************************** 1926...........................................Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31. Valentino, Rudolph (văləntēˈnō) [key], 1895–1926, American film actor, b. Italy as Rodolfo Guglielmi. He emigrated to the United States in 1913 and, after a brief career as a dancer and bit player, was an instant success in the film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), largely due to a steamy tango scene. His fame, the effect of his exotic good looks, and his ability to provoke a kind of sexual hysteria in his many fans increased greatly with the release of The Sheik in 1921. Subsequent hits included Blood and Sand (1922), Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), and The Son of the Sheik (1926), his last film. By the year of his death, Valentino, the movies' first "Latin lover" and premier sex symbol, had become the idol of millions. Valentino's screen personality and his early death, both surrounded by mystery, made him a cult figure.
  10. 8/22/16

    Also Known As Myra Ellen Amos Nationality American Born on 22 August 1963 AD Sun Sign Leo Born in Newton father Edison Amos mother Mary Ellen Amos siblings Mike Amos Spouse: Mark Hawley children Natashya Lórien Hawley education Richard Montgomery High School Rockville MD Founder/Co-Founder RAINN awards: 1992 - Q Award for Best New Act. 2012 - Echo Klassik Award Tori Amos is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. This hugely talented recording artist is a classically trained musician who is known in the music circuits for being one of the few alternative rock singers to use a piano as her primary instrument. From her early work in a band to a noteworthy solo career, she has had an immensely successful career and has achieved great heights in the world of music. She has never let her challenges, her own rebelliousness, creative or financial disagreements, or a record label’s avarice, stand in the way of composing music in her own unique style. From recording in a church and using gospel choirs and drum programming, to incorporating bagpipes, harpsichord, harmonium, etc., her albums have thrown a curveball at the mainstream audience, and never failed to surprise and delight them. The lyrical content of her later works is so powerful and confrontational that it’s said to help women deal with abuse and the ensuing emotional trauma of misogyny. While the fond listener grows fonder of her music, the critics are busy praising the intensity and uniqueness of her work. The theme of her many works ranges from American history, pornography, homophobia to religion and politics. Scroll through to read more about this artist whose fan base has remained intact for more than 30 years. In 1998, she married English sound engineer Mark Hawley. Their daughter Natashya Lórien Hawley was born two years later. She is a good friend of author Neil Gaiman. His name was mentioned in her song ‘Tear in Your Hand’. This prolific artist supports Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a toll-free help line in the US, connecting callers with their local rape crisis center. Proceeds from a concert held on her 50th Birthday were sent to RAINN.