Morning Minutes: Dec. 11
Word of the Day
Littoral LIT-uh-rul (adj.) Of, relating to or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea -- www.merriam-webster.com
Web Site of the Day
This fun site has Hanukkah-related activities and ideas for party planning, decorations, songs and other ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights. There’s also an educational aspect, with a good description of the history of the holiday.
Number to Know
1962: The last time Canada carried out the death penalty, which happened on this date. Canada officially abolished capital punishment in 1976.
This Day in History
Dec. 11, 2008: Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
Today’s Featured Birthday
Musician Jermaine Jackson (55)
“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'” - Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide"