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September 24

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

effrontery \ ih-FRUN-tuh-ree \ noun; Shameless boldness; insolence. — Dictionary.com

This Day in History

Sept. 24, 1869: “Black Friday.” Gold prices plummet after U.S. President Ulysses Grant orders the Treasury to sell a large amount of the precious metal to thwart a plot by Jay Gould and James Fisk to corner the market.

Number to Know

4 million: The amount of government-owned gold placed on the market on “Black Friday.” The glut caused gold prices to plummet within minutes.

Website of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/grant/

Companion piece to PBS documentary on one of America’s most paradoxical leaders.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Nia Vardalos, Greek-Canadian actress, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for her film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” 52.

Daily Quote

“You only get one life so you might as well make it a happy one. That’s why I tend to just jump into things. I’m sort of a fearless idiot that way.” — Nia Vardalos