Nov. 20

WORD OF THE DAY

jibe [jahyb] (verb) to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.

FILM FACTS

Which actor made his feature film debut in “National Lampoon’s Animal House”?

A. Stephen Furst

B. Tim Matheson

C. Kevin Bacon

D. John Vernon

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$100 million: The U.S. tried to purchase Greenland from Denmark for $100 million in 1946.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 20, 1945: Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Politician Joe Biden (75)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Stephen Furst

Nov. 21

WORD OF THE DAY

odium [oh-dee-uh m] (noun) a hall, theater, or other structure for musical or dramatic performances.

FILM FACTS

Which film features Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken and John Savage?

A. “Coming Home”

B. “The Deer Hunter”

C. “The Onion Field”

D. “Julia”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

60: As many as 60 tribes remain largely uncontested in the Amazon, or live in voluntary isolation.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 21, 1783: French physician Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent, the marquis d’Arlandes, make the first untethered hot-air balloon flight, flying 5.5 miles over Paris in about 25 minutes.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Goldie Hawn (72)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You always admire what you really don’t understand.” — Blaise Pascal

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. “The Deer Hunter”

Nov. 22

WORD OF THE DAY

heeler [hee-ler] (noun) a person who heels shoes.

FILM FACTS

Which musical features John Travolta and Olivia Newton John?

A. “Hair”

B. “Oil”

C. “Gel”

D. “Grease”

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

55: Human DNA begins to degenerate at 55 years old.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated while traveling through Dallas in an open-top convertible.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Scarlett Johansson (33)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” — Mignon McLaughlin

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. “Grease”

Nov. 23

WORD OF THE DAY

nacelle [nuh-sel] (noun) the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried.

FILM FACTS

Which actor did NOT appear in “The Godfather”?

A. Al Pacino

B. James Caan

C. Marlon Brando

D. Robert DeNiro

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

6,000: More than 6,000 people visit U.S. emergency rooms every year with pillow-related injuries.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 23, 1984: Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie throws a last-second 64-yard pass to beat the University of Miami 47-45.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Miley Cyrus (25)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Robert DeNiro

Nov. 24

WORD OF THE DAY

ordo [awr-doh] (noun) a booklet containing short and abbreviated directions for the contents of the office and mass of each day in the year.

FILM FACTS

Who played the title role of the movie “Mad Max”?

A. Tim Burns

B. Eric Roberts

C. Burt Reynolds

D. Mel Gibson

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

365: There are 365 steps from the basement to the top of the U.S. Capitol Building.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 24, 1859: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,” by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Sarah Hyland (27)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.” — Will Rogers

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Mel Gibson

Nov. 25

WORD OF THE DAY

lentic [len-tik] (adjective) pertaining to or living in still water.

FILM FACTS

Who directed “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”?

A. Steven Spielberg

B. Robert Zemeckis

C. George Lucas

D. Jay Pandolfo

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7: The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 25, 1963: Three days after his assassination in Dallas, John F. Kennedy is laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actress Christina Applegate (46)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” — E.E. Cummings

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Steven Spielberg

Nov. 26

WORD OF THE DAY

indurate [in-doo-reyt] (verb) to make hard; harden, as rock, tissue, etc.

FILM FACTS

Which director played Noah Cross in “Chinatown”?

A. Orson Welles

B. Roman Polanski

C. Billy Wilder

D. John Huston

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

4: In a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Nov. 26, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Tina Turner (78)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” — Langston Hughes

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. John Huston