Sept. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

dado [dey-doh] (noun) the lower broad part of an interior wall finished in wallpaper, a fabric, paint, etc.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun,” which state do the Solomons live in?

A. Ohio

B. Utah

C. Wisconsin

D. Alaska

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: Since 1948, 100 planes have gone missing in flight and have never been recovered.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 18, 1793: George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Actor Jason Sudeikis (42)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Ohio

Sept. 19

WORD OF THE DAY

oblate [ob-leyt] (adjective) fattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis.

TV TRIVIA

What actor played the part of Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty on “Spin City”?

A. Alan Ruck

B. Barry Bostwick

C. Michael J. Fox

D. Michael Keaton

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

19: Thomas Jefferson believed the Constitution of the U.S. should expire every 19 years and be replaced with a new one more suitable for the current generation.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 19, 1995: The Washington Post publishes a 35,000-word manifesto written by the Unabomber, who since the late 1970s had eluded authorities while carrying out a series of bombings across the United States that killed three people and injured another 23.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host Jimmy Fallon (43)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.” — Ellen Glasgow

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Michael J. Fox

Sept. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

cabochon [kab-uh-shon] (noun) a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facts.

TV TRIVIA

In the TV series “Nash Bridges,” what color is Nash’s car?

A. Blue

B. Yellow

C. Orange

D. Silver

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

85 percent: Hurricane Katrina caused an 85 percent reduction in the amount of babies named Katrina.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 20, 1973: In a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men’s player.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Novelist George R.R. Martin (69)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas A. Edison

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Yellow

Sept. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

haptic [hap-tik] (adjective) of or relating to the sense of touch.

TV TRIVIA

Which actor replaced Michael J. Fox on “Spin City”?

A. Michael Keaton

B. Martin Short

C. Charlie Sheen

D. Charlie Schmidt

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

1,500: The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 21, 1780: During the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Dave Coulier (58)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” — Kahlil Gibran

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Charlie Sheen

Sept. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

onager [on-uh-jer] (noun) an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.

TV TRIVIA

What name does the “Big Giant Head” in the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun” use while on Earth?

A. Stone Phillips

B. Stone Solomon

C. Stone Stevens

D. Stone Tyler

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

3,000: When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Joan Jett (59)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Leap, and the net will appear.” — John Burroughs

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Stone Phillips

Sept. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

levant [li-vant] (verb) to leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts.

TV TRIVIA

In what city does the TV series “Spin City” take place?

A. New York City

B. Chicago

C. Los Angeles

D. Denver

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

36: Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 23, 1846: German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Bruce Springsteen (68)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.” — iris Murdoch

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. New York City

Sept. 24

WORD OF THE DAY

immortelle [im-awr-tel] (noun) an everlasting plant or flower.

TV TRIVIA

Which character is really the oldest alien in the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun”?

A. Harry

B. Dick

C. Tommy

D. Sally

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

150: Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sept. 24, 1789: The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Chef Robert Irvine (53)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” — Mark Twain

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Tommy