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  1. Caption Contest #176

    Mine....all Mine, and I don't share.
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  3. 1/19/17

    1915 The electric neon sign was patented in the United States by George Claude of Paris, France. 1953 Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower. 1966 Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India. 1981 The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months. 1997 Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in 30 years, as Israel hands over control of the West Bank city to Palestinians. 2001 President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky. ***********************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA************************************************************* 1955...............................President Eisenhower okayed the first filming of a news conference for television. Dwight David Eisenhower Born: 10/14/1890 Birthplace: Denison, Tex. Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Tex., on Oct. 14, 1890. His ancestors lived in Germany and emigrated to America, settling in Pennsylvania, early in the 18th century. His father, David, had a general store in Hope, Kans., which failed. After a brief time in Texas, the family moved to Abilene, Kan. After graduating from Abilene High School in 1909, Eisenhower did odd jobs for almost two years. He won an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, but was too old for admittance. Then he received an appointment in 1910 to West Point, from which he graduated as a second lieutenant in 1915. He did not see service in World War I, having been stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Tex. There he met Mamie Geneva Doud, whom he married in Denver on July 1, 1916, and by whom he had two sons: Doud Dwight (died in infancy) and John Sheldon Doud. Eisenhower served in the Philippines from 1935 to 1939 with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Afterward, Gen. George C. Marshall, the army chief of staff, brought him into the War Department's General Staff and in 1942 placed him in command of the invasion of North Africa. In 1944, he was made Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion of Europe. After the war, Eisenhower served as army chief of staff from Nov. 1945 until Feb. 1948, when he was appointed president of Columbia University. In Dec. 1950, President Truman recalled Eisenhower to active duty to command the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Europe. He held his post until the end of May 1952. At the Republican convention of 1952 in Chicago, Eisenhower won the presidential nomination on the first ballot in a close race with Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio. In the election, he defeated Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois. Through two terms, Eisenhower hewed to moderate domestic policies. He sought peace through Free World strength in an era of new nationalisms, nuclear missiles, and space exploration. He fostered alliances pledging the United States to resist “Red” aggression in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The Eisenhower Doctrine of 1957 extended commitments to the Middle East. At home, the popular president lacked Republican congressional majorities after 1954, but he was reelected in 1956 by 457 electoral votes to 73 for Stevenson. While retaining most Fair Deal programs, he stressed “fiscal responsibility” in domestic affairs. A moderate in civil rights, he sent troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce court-ordered school integration. With his wartime rank restored by Congress, Eisenhower returned to private life and the role of elder statesman, with his vigor hardly impaired by a heart attack, an ileitis operation, and a mild stroke suffered while in office. He died in Washington, DC, on March 28, 1969.
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    Nationality American Sun Sign Capricorn Born in Sevierville father Robert Lee Parton mother Avie Lee Owens siblings Rachel Dennison, Willadeene Parton, Cassie Nan Parton, David Wilburn Parton, Freida Estelle Parton, Floyd Parton, Larry Gerald Parton, Robert Lee Parton Jr., Coy Denver Parton, Randy Parton Spouse/Partner: Carl Thomas Dean education Sevier County High School Founder/Co-Founder Dollywood Foundation Net worth $450 Million awards 2006 - Kennedy Center Honors 1978 - Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year 2011 - Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Dolly Parton is a woman with multiple talents; she is a noted singer, lyricist, author, actress and businesswoman. She is also known for her charitable work. Dolly Parton began her career at the young age of 13. Although she initially gained fame as a lyricist, she later attained success in other fields as well. Dolly Parton is best known for country music and is a star in this genre in the United States of America. She has written and put together more than 3000 songs in the course of her career that has exceeded six decades, and has won many accolades, such as the Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and American Music Awards along with being nominated for the Oscar Awards twice. Dolly Parton held the record of having received the maximum number of Grammy Award nominations of 46 till 2013. Other than singing, she has been trained to play the musical instruments piano, banjo and guitar. Dolly Parton publicly supports LGBT equality and is identified as a gay icon by the LGBT community. Dolly Parton is known to have English, Irish, German and Scottish ancestry. Trivia The first cloned sheep Dolly was named after Dolly Parton.
  5. 1/18/17

    1733 The first polar bear was exhibited in America, in Boston. 1778 Captain James Cook became the first European to visit the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). 1782 Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. 1788 The First Fleet, carrying convicts and sheep, arrived in Australia's Botany Bay. 1943 The Nazi siege of Leningrad was broken. 1993 All 50 states joined in the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. *******************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA****************************************************** 1912........The ill-fated Scott expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover Amundsen had been there first. Amundsen, Roald (Roald Engelbregt Grauning Amundsen)rōˈäl äˈmŏnsən, 1872–1928, Norwegian polar explorer; the first person to reach the South Pole. He served (1897–99) as first mate on the Belgica (under the Belgian Adrien de Gerlache) in an expedition to the Antarctic, and he commanded the Gjöa in the Arctic in the first negotiation of the Northwest Passage (1903–6); the Gjöa was the first single ship to complete the route through the Northwest Passage. His account appeared in English as Amundsen's North West Passage (1908). He then purchased Fridtjof Nansen's Fram and prepared to drift toward the North Pole and then finish the journey by sledge. The news that Robert E. Peary had anticipated him in reaching the North Pole caused Amundsen to consider going south. He was successful in reaching the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911, after a dash by dog team and skis from the Bay of Whales (an inlet of Ross Sea). He arrived there just 35 days before Robert F. Scott. This story he told in The South Pole (tr. 1913). In the course of these expeditions, he added much valuable scientific and geological information to the knowledge of Antarctica. In 1918, back in the Arctic, Amundsen set out to negotiate the Northeast Passage in the Maud. After two winters he arrived at Nome, the first after N. A. E. Nordenskjöld to sail along the whole northern coast of Europe and Asia. Amundsen then turned to air exploration. He and Lincoln Ellsworth in 1925 failed to complete a flight across the North Pole, but the next year in the dirigible Norge, built and piloted by Umberto Nobile, they succeeded in flying over the pole and the hitherto unexplored regions of the Arctic Ocean N of Alaska. A bitter controversy followed with Nobile as to the credit for the success. Yet in 1928, when Nobile crashed in the Italia, Amundsen set out on a rescue attempt that cost him his life. Although credit for the first flight over the North Pole has long been given to Richard Byrd, notes from Byrd's diary suggest that he may not actually have reached the pole, in which case Amundsen and Nobile would hold that distinction. The story of the ventures with Ellsworth, written by the two of them, appear in Our Polar Flight (1925) and The First Crossing of the Polar Sea (1927).
  6. 1/18/17

    Nationality American Born on 18 January 1913 AD Sun Sign Capricorn Born in Brooklyn Died on 03 March 1987 AD place of death Los Angeles Personality Type Ambitious, Confident, Creative Character Traits Hard Working Cause of Death Illness Grouping of People Philanthropists father Jacob Nemerovsky Kaminsky mother Clara Nemerovsky Kaminsky siblings Mac Nemerovsky Kaminsky, Larry Nemerovsky Kaminsky Spouse/Partner: Sylvia Fine children Dena Kaye education Thomas Jefferson High School awards 1955 - Academy Honorary Award 1984 - Kennedy Center Honors 1982 - Peabody Award Danny Kaye was an American actor and comedian famous for his dancing, impersonations and improvisations. He was also a singer and a successful recording artist blessed with great dancing skills. As a comedian he was much loved for his physical comedy, eccentric pantomimes, and funny rapid-fire novelty songs. A highly versatile man, he was not just a popular performer, but also a jet pilot, Chinese chef, and a humanitarian. Born to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, he became interested in singing, dancing and performing at a young age. His mother died when he was in his early years and he soon ran away from home with a friend and started earning his livelihood by performing on the streets. He did not graduate from high school and worked in a series of jobs as a young man. He finally found his big break when he was selected by a vaudeville dance act that toured all over the United States and also went to Asia and the Far East. He soon built a reputation as a vaudeville singer and comedian and eventually entered films. After starring in a few low-budget movies he found success as a film actor in the 1940s and 1950s. He was also a humanitarian who devoted a lot of time to charitable causes and had served as ambassador at large for the United Nations Children's Fund in the 1950s. Danny Kaye married Sylvia Fine, the daughter of a dentist, in 1940. They were blessed with one daughter in 1946. His wife was an audition pianist. He became estranged from his wife around 1947 though they never officially divorced. Following his estrangement he became involved in a series of relationships with many women. He suffered from heart problems during the later years of his life and had quadruple bypass heart surgery in February 1983 during which he contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion. He died of heart failure on March 3, 1987, at the age of 76.
  7. 1/17/17

    1706 Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston. 1806 James Madison Randolph, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, became the first child born in the White House. 1893 Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate by a group of planters and businessmen. 1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. 1991 Operation Desert Storm was launched against Iraq. 1998 President Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit. 2001 Gov. Gray Davis declared a state of emergency concerning California's electricity crisis. *************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA************************************************************ 1977...........Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reintroduced. The United States' debate on the morality and efficacy of capital punishment reached an important juncture on June 29, 1972. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional because in some cases it violated the Eighth Amendment, which protects citizens from "cruel and unusual punishment." National Moratorium Beginning in 1967, while awaiting the Supreme Court ruling, and for the next nine years, the states stopped executions. In July of 1976, however, the Court upheld the death penalty as a legitimate punishment for certain crimes, opening the door for Congress and the state legislatures to make the death penalty an option again. Today, while more than half of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, the United States continues to use the death penalty in all but 12 states (plus the District of Columbia). From January 1977 through April 2001, 710 executions were carried out in this country: 545 by lethal injection, 149 by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, three by hanging, and two by firing squad. International Abolition and Use According to Amnesty International, more than three countries a year on average have abolished the death penalty in law since 1976 or have gone from abolishing it for ordinary crimes to abolishing it for all crimes. Seventy-five countries and territories, including Australia, Germany, and Spain, refuse to impose the death penalty for any crime. Of the countries that still permit the death penalty, only five use lethal injection, the most common method of execution in the United States. Seventy-three of those countries use firing squads, 58 hang condemned criminals, six stone them, and three still use beheading (Congo, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). United States There were 85 executions in the United States in 2000, down 13% from 1999 when executions were carried out at an unparalleled rate for this country. Ninety-eight people were executed in 20 states in 1999. That's one execution every 3.72 days, a rate substantially higher than 1997, when the U.S. executed 74 people, and 1998, when 68 criminals were executed. In fact, almost half (352) of the U.S.' post-1976 executions have taken place in the last five years. Moratoriums Across this country and around the world, calls for moratoriums on the death penalty are gathering momentum. Moratoriums would temporarily suspend the death penalty while task forces discuss its fairness and future. Illinois Gov. George Ryan got the moratorium initiative rolling in January 2000 when he made Illinois the first of 38 U.S. states with the death penalty to impose a moratorium, or halt, on executions after the state released 13 death row inmates who were wrongly convicted. Internationally, the non-profit group Moratorium 2000 presented UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with a petition for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty last December. The petition had more than 3.2 million signatures from 146 countries. Annan took the opportunity to predict what he thinks the future holds for capital punishment around the world. "The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. And I believe that future generations, throughout the world, will come to agree."
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    Nationality American Born on 17 January 1911 AD Sun Sign Capricorn Born in Seattle Died on 01 December 1991 AD place of death Chicago father Joseph Stigler mother Elizabeth Hungler Spouse/Partner: Margaret L. Mack children Stephen, David, Joseph education University of Chicago University of Washington Northwestern University Founder/Co-Founder Mont Pelerin Society George Joseph Stigler was a renowned American economist. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1982 “for his seminal studies of industrial structures, functioning of markets and causes and effects of public regulation”. Along with Milton Friedman, he was a key leader of the Chicago School of Economics. He was a diligent student and graduated from the University of Washington in 1931. Later, he did his M.B.A at Northwestern University and earned a Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Chicago. He then began his teaching career at Iowa State College and followed it up by teaching at the University of Minnesota, Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. At Chicago, he established the Center for the Study of the Economy and the State which was renamed to The Stigler Center after his death. Apart from being an economist, he was also a gifted teacher who inspired his students and instilled in them a respect for economics as a subject, which finds solution to real problems. His list of contributions were so long that it created a long lasting influence on the economic thought and industrial organisation and industrial regulation, two areas which he helped to develop. It was no wonder that the Nobel Committee acknowledged his contributions and lauded his precise and clear thinking style. He also penned numerous books and essays, which are considered groundbreaking in economic science. Trivia The ‘Stigler Diet’ was named after him. He was an assiduous book collector.
  9. 1/16/17

    1547 Ivan the Terrible was crowned the first czar of Russia. 1883 The U.S. Civil Service Commission established. 1920 A year after it was ratified, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect. 1991 Operation Desert Storm was announced by the White House. 1992 The El Salvador government signed a peace treaty with guerrilla forces, formally ending 12 years of civil war. 2001 Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was assassinated. 2003 Space shuttle Columbia blasted off on what would be its final mission. The craft broke up on its descent on Feb. 1, killing all on board. **************************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA*********************************************** 1942.........................................Actress Carole Lombard, the wife of actor Clark Gable, died in a plane crash. Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters) actress Born: 10/6/1908 Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana Lombard's screwball comic style radiated both intelligence and sex appeal, making her a popular favorite in films such as My Man Godfrey (1936), for which she earned an Oscar nomination, and Nothing Sacred (1937). Lombard also took on dramatic roles (They Knew What They Wanted, 1940). She appeared in the black comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942), which was released after her untimely death in a plane crash. She had been married first to movie star William Powell and later to Clark Gable. Died: 1/16/1942
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    Nationality Canadian Born on 16 January 1874 AD Sun Sign Capricorn Born in Preston, Lancashire, England Died on 11 September 1958 AD place of death Lancieux, Côtes-d'Armor, France Personality Type Creative Character Traits Intelligent Cause of Death Natural Causes father Robert Service siblings Alick, Lieutenant Albert Service Spouse/Partner: Germaine Bougeoin children Iris Service education University of Glasgow Hillhead High School Robert William Service, one of the most proficient poets and writers, is till date remembered for contributing some of the most celebrated works in literature. It was his deep embedded passion for reading and writing since an early age that paved his way for future. While he was inspired by reading the works of Robert Browning, Lord Alfred Tennyson and John Keats in his initial years, later the works of Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson framed much of his writing style. Interestingly, despite taking up various works and living as a cowboy, the humble living condition did not dampen his interest in writing. The passion instead kindled and only blossomed finally resulting in the publication of his first work, ‘Songs of a Sourdough’. The book met with overwhelming response and catapulted Service’s reputation as a poet by miles. What followed was a string of highly successful works which Service wrote drawing inspiration from the lore and tales of men and their experiences. He even made a huge impact in the field of thriller novels by coming up with highly successful novels. Trivia This poet and writer of the famous book, ‘Songs of Sourdough’ is famously referred to as the ‘Bard of Yukon’.