TODAY – 17 JUNE 2015

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Word of the Day:

Abscission

Definition:    

(noun) The act of cutting off.

Synonyms:

 Cutting off

Usage:

 He had surgery for the abscission of a malignancy.

This Day in History: 17-June.

1775 – Battle of Bunker Hill begins.

British General William Howe lands his troops on the Charlestown Peninsula overlooking Boston, Massachusetts, and leads them against Breed’s Hill, a fortified American position just below Bunker Hill, on this day in 1775.

1885 – Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.  

On this day in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy.

1940 – France to surrender

With Paris fallen and the German conquest of France reaching its conclusion, Marshal Henri Petain replaces Paul Reynaud as prime minister and announces his intention to sign an armistice with the Nazis. The next day, French General Charles de Gaulle, not very well known even to the French, made a broadcast to France from England, urging his countrymen to continue the fight against Germany.

  

Quote of the Day:

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.❞  – E. B. White

Fact of the Day:

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Image of the Day: Growth of Solar in the Gobi Desert

In August 2009, construction began on China’s first large-scale solar power station. Six years later, solar panels have expanded much deeper into the Gobi Desert, where sunlight and land are abundant. It is to be noted that the number of solar panels and the power output has tripled in three years.

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 Credits: Nasa – Earth Observatory..

Toon of the Day:

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Credits: Alicia. A as quoted in Ba-ba Mail

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