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August 19

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

fecund \ FEE-kuhnd; FEK-uhnd \ adjective; Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; prolific. —

This Day in History

Aug. 19, 1812: During the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British ship HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. The victory earned the American warship the nickname of “Old Ironsides.” The Constitution remains an officially commissioned U.S. Navy ship to this day.

Number to Know

217: The number of years the USS Constitution has served as a commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, officially recognized as the “Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat” by Guinness World Records.

Website of the Day: USS Constitution Museum

Website of the museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Matthew Perry, American-Canadian actor, writer and producer, 45.

Daily Quote

“The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.” — Matthew Perry