Morning Minutes: Oct. 20

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Word of the Day

Plaintive PLAYN-tiv (adj.) Expressive of suffering or woe; melancholy -

Website of the Day

The Official Mickey Mantle Web Site

Today is Mickey Mantle’s birthday. Visit the official of this baseball Hall of Famer to find quotes, facts, recommended YouTube videos, pictures and everything else that a Mantle fan would want.

Number to Know

111.3 million: Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2009 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters. –

This Day in History

Oct. 20, 1977: A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Viggo Mortensen (52)

Daily Quote

“A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.” - J.M. Barrie