Morning Minutes: April 12

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Word of the Day

Hummock HUM-uk (noun) A rounded knoll or hillock; a ridge of ice; a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil --

Web Site of the Day

Drop Everything and Read

Held on author Beverly Cleary’s birthday, Drop Everything and Read Day is held to encourage families to make time for reading. Especially useful on this Web site is a children’s book list sorted by age group, and suggested activities to celebrate.

Number to Know

360 A.D.: The earliest known written record of licorice, according to Today is National Licorice Day, so eat up!

This Day in History

April 12, 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; Vice President Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd president.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Comedian/TV host David Letterman (63)

Daily Quote

“Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt