DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Fun At Work Day
is all about enjoying yourself; dress up silly, partake in office-based mischief, or just crank the music up loud while you work!
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) Flattery intended to persuade.|
|Usage:||Not even his favorite daughter's blandishment could persuade him to submit to her whims.|
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
|Elected to an unprecedented four presidential terms, Roosevelt guided the US through the Great Depression and World War II. He instituted the New Deal program to promote economic recovery and social reform and, as war spread in Europe, prepared for the possibility that the US would enter the war. When it finally did, he led the nation to the threshold of victory, dying in office less than a month before Germany's surrender to the Allies.|
St. Charles's Day
|Charles I, crowned king of England in 1625, was illegally executed on January 30, 1649, primarily for defending the Anglican Church. His body was secretly buried in Windsor Castle, and he was widely acclaimed as a martyr. A royal decree ordered a special service on this day to be in the Book of Common Prayer from 1662 to 1859. It also ordered it to be a day of national fasting. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Society of Charles the Martyr with an annual service at the site of his execution in Whitehall, London.|
Litvinenko's Autopsy Called "Most Dangerous" Ever
|The 2006 autopsy of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was likely the most dangerous ever conducted, a pathologist told a UK inquiry this week. Litvinenko died of multiple organ failure after drinking tea dosed with polonium-210—a highly radioactive isotope that may have been undetectable post-mortem if police had not taken the unusual move of having him tested by atomic scientists just before he died. During the autopsy, pathologists wore protective suits with hoods fed with filtered air to avoid exposure to radiation.|
1844 - Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco
1894 - C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer.
1911 - The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer "Terry." Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
1958 - Yves Saint Laurent, at age 22, held his first major fashion show in Paris
1962 - Two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, MI.
1995 - Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced that clinical trials had demonstrated the effectiveness of the first preventative treatment for sickle cell anaemia.
1998 - Elton John recieved a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List.
If You Were Born Today, January 30
You are multi-talented and capable of practically anything once you set your mind to it. It's the finding of something to focus on that can be a problem. You need a very big project or challenging path in order to gain satisfaction. A true freedom lover, feeling caged in by anything or anyone is one of the worst feelings for you. You are very intelligent, but sometimes think a little too much which can bring on states of unnecessary worry if you are not careful. Famous people born today: Gene Hackman, Vanessa Redgrave, Christian Bale, Dick Martin, Ruth Brown.