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August 22

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

supplant \ suh-PLANT \ transitive verb; To take the place of (another), especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics; as, a rival supplants another. —

This Day in History

Aug. 22, 1961: Nine days after the start of construction of the wall, Ida Siekmann dies trying to escape East Berlin, becoming the first person to die at the Berlin Wall.

Number to Know

136: The official number of people killed at the Berlin Wall during its existence from 1961 to 1989. Some unofficial numbers indicate a higher deal toll.

Website of the Day: Checkpoint Charlie Museum

Official site of the museum that explores the history of the Berlin Wall and the stories of those affected by it.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Cindy Williams, American actress, best known for her role of Shirley Feeney in the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” 67.

Daily Quote

“I remember being alone a lot as a child, and I still love to be alone.” — Cindy Williams