Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly.|
|Synonyms:||blabber, piffle, gabble, prate|
|Usage:||The group of tourists on the plane wouldn't stop talking, and I fell asleep listening to them prattle.|
|St. Sebastian's Day is celebrated throughout Latin America, but the dance-dramaEl Pochó, which takes place in Tenosique in Tabasco State, Mexico, on this day, is unique. On the morning of January 20, everyone gathers at the prearranged location: a house or a plaza. The pochoveras enter in their long skirts and embroidered blouses and perform the initial dance. Then the cojóes enter, wearingmasks with exaggerated features. Soon the tigres (jaguars) invade the dance space, and the cojóes and tigres play at hunting each other until, finally, they join forces to chase the audience.|
Britain's long-lost Beagle 2 spacecraft—launched in 2003 to search for life on Mars—has been spotted on the red planet, more than 11 years after it was last heard from. Deemed a "heroic failure" when contact with it was lost on December 19, 2003, the craft has been observed in recent images from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to officials from the UK Space Agency, there is evidence that Beagle 2 landed on Mars as scheduled on Christmas Day 2003, but only partially deployed, likely due to a hard landing
1841 - The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
1885 - The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
1952 - In Juarez, Mexico, Patricia McCormick debuted as the first professional woman bullfighter from the United States.
1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.
1986 - New footage of the 1931 "Frankenstein" was found. The footage was originally deleted because it was considered to be too shocking.
Captain Jack Sparrow
If You Were Born Today, January 20
You are a responsible and reliable person who values security but doesn't always offer it! You have an unusual sense of humor, your own distinct style, and a real flair for handling money as well as for money-making ideas. In your life time, one of your biggest lessons is to develop faith in yourself and to trust in your intuition, which is strong and rarely steers you in the wrong direction. While it can take some time for your heart to be captured by another, once it is, you give a lot to the people you trust and love, and sometimes a little too much until you learn to ask that others meet you halfway. Famous people born today: George Burns, Bill Maher, Skeet Ulrich, David Lynch, Evan Peters.
Photograph by Francesco Russo, National Geographic
Iceland’s Kirkjufell, which means “church mountain,” is located on the coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the country’s west.