Click inside for the Oct. 11-17 files containing Word of the Day, Website of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

Morning Minutes: Oct. 11

Word of the Day

Debacle dee-BAH-kul (noun) A tumultuous breakup of ice in a river; a violent disruption (as of an army); rout; a great disaster; a complete failure; fiasco - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
www.gwu.edu/~erpapers

Today, on the birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt (she was born in 1884), check out this website, which is a repository for the former first lady’s papers. The site also has links for teachers about how to approach Mrs. Roosevelt and human rights.

Number to Know

21: Number of Emmy Awards that “Saturday Night Live” has won.

This Day in History

Oct. 11, 1975: The NBC sketch comedy/variety show “Saturday Night Live” debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Writer Elmore Leonard (85)

Daily Quote

“Eat, drink and be scary.” - Author unknown

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 12

Word of the Day

Mayhap MAY-hap (adverb) Perhaps - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Columbus Day
www.history.com/topics/columbus-day

Today is the official Columbus Day (Christopher Columbus landed in the “new world” on Oct. 12, 1492), so check out this History.com website, which has videos, articles and more about the explorer. 

Number to Know

6 billion: The population of the world on Oct. 12, 1999, according to the United Nations. Today is now known as Day of the Six Billion.

This Day in History

Oct. 12, 2000: The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Hugh Jackman (42)

Daily Quote

“A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.” - Erma Bombeck

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 13

Word of the Day

Flounder FLOUN-der (verb) To struggle to move or obtain footing; thrash about wildly; to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

L.L. Bean
www.llbean.com

Leon Leonwood Bean, aka L.L. Bean, was born on this day in 1872. Head to the website of the company he started if you’re in the market for some outerwear for the winter.

Number to Know

208: Number of career touchdowns scored by Jerry Rice, an NFL record.

This Day in History

Oct. 13, 1792: In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.

Today’s Featured Birthday

NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (48)

Daily Quote

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” - Steve Almond

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 14

Word of the Day

Countermand KOUNT-er-mand (verb) To revoke (a command) by a contrary order; to recall or order back by a superseding contrary order - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
www.eisenhower.archives.gov

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on this date in 1890, so today head to the site of his presidential library to learn more about the military leader and politician. The site has just about everything you’d want to know about Ike, and if you want to visit the actual museum in Abilene, Kan., you’ll find visitors’ information as well.

Number to Know

34: Number president that Dwight D. Eisenhower was.

This Day in History

Oct. 14, 1982: President Ronald Reagan proclaims a war on drugs.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Singer Usher (32)

Daily Quote

“One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.” - Emily Dickinson

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 15

Word of the Day

Antecessor an-tih-SESS-er (noun) One that goes before - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Global Handwashing Day
www.globalhandwashingday.org

Today is Global Handwashing Day, a day designed to highlight the importance of good hygiene. This site has information about the day as well as resources for classrooms and families, and much more.

Number to Know

3.5 million: Amount of children who die each year from diarrhea and pneumonia, the solution to which partly is hand washing, according to UNICEF.

This Day in History

Oct. 15, 1990: Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actress/director Penny Marshall (68)

Daily Quote

“If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.” - Doug Coupland

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 16

Word of the Day

Jejune jih-JOON (adj.) Lacking nutritive value; devoid of significance or interest, dull; juvenile, puerile - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Merriam-Webster
www.merriam-webster.com

This dictionary website is a great tool for anyone wanting to look up a word, play word games or more. And since today is the birthday of Noah Webster (he was born in 1758), it’s the perfect time to check it out. The site also has word games, an Ask the Editor video feature and more.

Number to Know

150: Approximate number of countries that observe World Food Day, which is today. The day highlights food-related issues around the globe.

This Day in History

Oct. 16, 1995: The Million Man March occurs in Washington, D.C.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Actor Tim Robbins (52)

Daily Quote

“I knew I'd arrived when I saw people dressing up on Halloween as my character.” - Jane Badler

 

Morning Minutes: Oct. 17

Word of the Day

Farrago fuh-RAH-goh (noun) A confused mixture; hodgepodge - www.merriam-webster.com

Website of the Day

Teen Read Week 2010
www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2010/home.cfm

Today is the beginning of Teen Read Week, so head to this American Library Association website to learn more about the day. This year’s theme is “Books with Beat @ your library." There are resources here for educators, librarians and more.

Number to Know

2: Today is all about second chances, as it’s Mulligan Day! A mulligan is a golf term for a do-over that doesn’t count against you.

This Day in History

Oct. 17, 1933: Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the U.S.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Rapper Eminem (38)

Daily Quote

“On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.” - Rodney Dangerfield