Morning Minutes: Jan. 4

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Word of the Day

Vociferous voh-SIF-uh-rus (adjective) Marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry -

Website of the Day

Louis Braille

Today is the birthday of Louis Braille (he was born Jan. 4, 1809), the inventor of the reading system for the blind. This site has information on Louis, as well as the history of the Braille alphabet. There also are resources and much more.

Number to Know

3: Age at which Louis Braille went blind; it happened because of an accident.

This Day in History

Jan. 4, 2007: The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

Today’s Featured Birthday

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (53)

Daily Quote

“There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back.” - Jim Fiebig