September 22
Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

Word of the Day
vade mecum vay-dee-MEE-kuhm; vah-dee-MAY- noun; A book or other thing that one regularly carries about. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 22, 1888: The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

Number to Know
4 million: Approximate average circulation of National Geographic in America, the eighth most in the country.

Website of the Day: National Geographic Gallery
http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/national-geographic
Gallery of covers from each issue of National Geographic since its start in 1888.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin), American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and actress, 56.

Daily Quote
“Girls see these defined roles they’re supposed to follow in life, but when I was a young child my parents told me I could be anything.” — Joan Jett

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September 23
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Word of the Day
amicable AM-ih-kuh-buhl adjective; Characterized by friendliness and good will. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 23, 1779: John Paul Jones, fighting aboard the ship the Bonhomme Richard, defeats British ships in the Battle of Flamborough Head. The battle is famous for Jones’ supposed retort when, early in the battle, it was demanded that he surrender: “I have not yet begun to fight!”

Number to Know
42: The number of guns aboard the Bonhomme Richard.

Website of the Day: Search for the Bonhomme Richard
http://modelshipbuilder.com/page.php?15
Author Clive Cussler recounts his attempts at finding John Paul Jones’ famous Revolutionary War ship.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Jason Alexander (born Jay Scott Greenspan), American actor, singer, director, producer and writer, 55.

Daily Quote
“The greatest part of the [doing the television show ‘Seinfeld’] was ... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work.” — Jason Alexander

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September 24
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Word of the Day
effrontery ih-FRUN-tuh-ree noun; Shameless boldness; insolence. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 24, 1869: “Black Friday.” Gold prices plummet after U.S. President Ulysses Grant orders the Treasury to sell a large amount of the precious metal to thwart a plot by Jay Gould and James Fisk to corner the market.

Number to Know
4 million: The amount of government-owned gold placed on the market on “Black Friday.” The glut caused gold prices to plummet within minutes.

Website of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant, PBS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/grant/
Companion piece to PBS documentary on one of America’s most paradoxical leaders.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Nia Vardalos, Greek-Canadian actress, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for her film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” 52.

Daily Quote
“You only get one life so you might as well make it a happy one. That’s why I tend to just jump into things. I’m sort of a fearless idiot that way.” — Nia Vardalos

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September 25
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Word of the Day
cabal kuh-BAHL; kuh-BAL noun; A group that seeks power usually through intrigue. — Dictionary.com
This Day in History
Sept. 25, 1789: The 10 amendments known as the Bill of Rights are passed by the United States Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Number to Know
202: The number of years between submission and ratification for the 27th Amendment, most in U.S. history.

Website of the Day: Bill of Rights Institute
http://billofrightsinstitute.org
Collection of educational materials for help in learning about America’s Constitution.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Michael Douglas, American actor and producer, 70.

Daily Quote
“I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.” — Michael Douglas

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September 26
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Word of the Day
forcible FOR-suh-buhl adjective; Effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 26, 1960: In the first televised presidential debate candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon meet. Kennedy was seen as appearing more poised and confident than Nixon, who was still recovering from a recent hospitalization, and emerged as a clear leader for the election.

Number to Know
88: The percentage of American households with at least one television, up from just 11 percent a decade earlier.

Website of the Day: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
http://www.jfklibrary.org
Ddedicated to the memory of our nation’s 35th president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Donna Douglas, American actress, best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on the television show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” 81.

Daily Quote
“I really love pets. They’re like children, they know if you really love them or not. You can’t fool them.” — Donna Douglas

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September 27
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Word of the Day
neoteric nee-uh-TER-ik adjective; Recent in origin; modern; new. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 27, 1908: The first production Ford Model T leaves the factory at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Number to Know
93: The number of minutes it took to complete the building of a Model T on the production line in 1914.

Website of the Day: Model T Ford Club of America
http://www.mtfca.com
A site for collectors, hobbyists and those with a general interest in America’s most-famous automobile.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Carrie Brownstein, American singer-songwriter, actress and writer, 40.

Daily Quote
“There was a clarity to the Nineties. It was pre-9-11, before that anxiety kicked in that exists right now about the financial crisis or terrorism. We were all just going to move forward into the millennium and everything was always going to get better. Then, whoops, that didn’t happen.” — Carrie Brownstein

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September 28
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Word of the Day
indigence IN-dih-juhn(t)s noun; A state of extreme poverty or destitution. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History
Sept. 28, 1928: Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

Number to Know
100: Alexander Fleming was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by Time Magazine in 1999.

Website of the Day: Nobel Prize
http://www.nobelprize.org
Official site of the Nobel Prize, with information for every Nobel Prize since 1901, including the Nobel Laureates’ biographies, Nobel Lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Moon Zappa, American actress, author and singer, best known for her vocals in Frank Zappa’s 1982 hit song “Valley Girl,” 47.

Daily Quote
“If there’s anything more mortifying than being famous at 14, it’s being washed up right after.” — Moon Zappa