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
plaintive PLAYN-tiv adjective; Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad. — Dictionary.com
This Day in History
Sept. 1, 1914: The last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies at the Cincinnati Zoo. The species was once the most abundant bird in the world, and accounted for more than a quarter of all birds in North America.
Number to Know
14: The number of hours it took one exceptionally large flock of passenger pigeons to pass observers in southern Ontario in 1866.
Website of the Day: Project Passenger Pigeon
A website that aims to familiarize people with the passenger pigeon and its extinction and motivate people to take actions to prevent human-caused extinctions.
Today’s Featured Birthday
Lily Tomlin, American actress, comic, writer and producer, 75.
“Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” — Lily Tomlin
Morning Minutes, Sept. 1