Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother Ocean Day May 10, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Mother Ocean Day

Water is essential to human life. In fact, it is essential to all of the forms of life known to humankind in general, as there are no known species that can survive without it. Though marine biologists are unsure just how many kinds of creatures reside in our planet’s 5 oceans, it is estimated that about one-quarter of all of the Earth’s species do. Not to mention how very important the oceans are to our civilization—for thousands of years, braving their waters has been one of the bravest feats a human being could accomplish, one that often led to amazing discoveries and the general increase of our knowledge of the planet we inhabit. For all of these reasons and many, many more, Mother Ocean Day is a long-overdue celebration of our oceans in all of their majesty and peril.
However, regardless of whether it’s Mother Ocean Day or not, we should always respect the oceans and the beaches leading into them by never polluting them in any way, so future generations can enjoy them as much as we do today.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The calling down of a curse.
Usage:They muttered maledictions and curses, but we ignored them.

Idiom of the Day

every single one

 — Every individual person or item within a group, without exception


Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa's First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. 

Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. 

Golden Spike Anniversary

This reenactment of the completion of America's transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, has been held since 1952. Reproductions of the Central Pacific's "Jupiter" and Union Pacific's "119" meet at the site of the ceremony. Then, the Golden Spike and three other spikes are tapped into a special railroad tie; at 12:47 PM, an ordinary iron "last spike" is driven into the last tie, and the message "D-O-N-E" is sent by ham radio to the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. 

New DNA Research Sheds New Light on Ice Age Europe

Over the past two decades, the technology used to analyze the degraded DNA of ancient remains has dramatically advanced

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1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S. 

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1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency. 

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1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia

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1930 - The Adler Planetarium opened to the public in Chicago, IL

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1962 - Marvel Comics published the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk." 

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1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team. 

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2013 - In New York, NY, crane operators hoisted the final pieces of the spire atop One World Trade Center (formerly called the Freedom Tower). 


If You Were Born Today, May 10 

You are a giver, yet a go-getter--ambitious, but always considerate of others. You instinctively understand that change is necessary for growth, even though you do hold on to traditions, habits, and people. Romantic at heart, you love deeply and often permanently. You are strong at networking and promotion. Highly intelligent, you constantly feed your mind with new information. Famous people born today: Fred Astaire, Bono, John Wilkes Booth, Sid Vicious, Gina Philips.

Picture of the day
Louis XVI of France
Louis XVI of France (1754–1793) was King of France (later King of the French) from 1774 until his deposition in 1792. His early reign was marked by attempts to reform France in accordance with Enlightenment ideals, including ultimately quashed efforts to abolish serfdom, remove the taille, and increase tolerance toward non-Catholics. However, after several years of national debt and financial and food crises, Louis was arrested during the insurrection of 10 August 1792, found guilty of high treason, and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793.

Picture of the Milky Way at night in Arches National Park

Overarching Splendor

Photograph by Manish Mamtani, National Geographic 
The Milky Way blazes a spectacular trail of color over Sand Dune Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park. The park is home to more than 2,000 of these stunning formations—the largest concentration of natural stone arches in the world

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius

Back from the dead! Just as Peng Xiuhua, 101, of Lianjiang, China, was lowered into her coffin, she suddenly sat up and demanded to know why so many people were in her house! -------------------- Patients with alien hand syndrome have an arm that they believe is moving of its own accord and is out of control—sometimes attacking them! -------------------- Hummingbirds can only store enough energy to survive overnight!



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