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What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day 2021 occurs on Monday, May 31

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2021 occurs on Monday, May 31. 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Memorial Holiday Travel to Recover to 37+ Million


The return of AAA’s Memorial Day holiday travel forecast predicts 60% more travelers than last year, still nearly 6 million fewer than pre-pandemic.

AAA Travel expects a significant recovery in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The expected strong increase in demand from last year’s holiday, which fell during the early phase of the pandemic, still represents 13%—or nearly 6 million—fewer travelers than in 2019.

AAA booking data reveal that domestic travel and road trips remain the biggest drivers of travel recovery in the near term. Orlando and Las Vegas are top Memorial Day destinations this year, both for AAA Travel bookings and TripTik road trip searches. Other top destinations include the following:

Road Trips:

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Orlando, FL
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Denver, CO
  • Nashville, TN

AAA Travel Bookings:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Colorado Springs, CO

Huge Increase in Air Travel Expected, but Most Memorial Day Travelers to Take Road Trips

With 34 million Americans planning Memorial Day road trips, auto travel is expected to increase 52% compared to 2020.  Nearly 12 million more Americans will travel by car this holiday than in 2020, though this is still 9% less than in 2019. More than 9 in 10 Memorial Day travelers will drive to their destinations, as many Americans continue to substitute road trips for travel via planes, trains and other modes of transportation.

iHeartRadio Music Awards: May 27, 2021, 8 PM/5:00 PM PDT on FOX

iHeartRadio Music Awards: May 27, 2021, 8 PM/5:00 PM PDT on FOX

The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a music awards show that celebrates music heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music platform. Founded by iHeartRadio in 2014, the event recognizes the most popular artists and music over the past year.

Ceremony date: May 27, 2021, 8 PM/5:00 PM PDT

Network: FOX

Location: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA

First awarded: May 1, 2014; 7 years ago

Now in its eighth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards is a star-studded event celebrating the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2020, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2021. The show will feature live performances from the biggest artists in music, as well as surprise duets and collaborations, and award presentations in multiple categories. Since the Awards’ inception in 2013, the show has included live performances and appearances by such superstar artists as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Blake Shelton, Pharrell, Pitbull, Justin Bieber and many others.

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM REOPENS

THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM REOPENS:

Looking for something to do? Join Morgan Rees as he reports on the fascinating exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a pioneering aquarium perched on the edge of the wild Monterey Bay in California. Located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey. First to successfully care for and display (Several tanks) jellyfish and great white shark. A circular exhibit at the entrance to the Open Sea wing contains schooling Pacific sardines, African penguins on exhibit. Local shorebird species are in the aviary, which contains man-made sand dunes and marshes.

Visit the World Without Traveling™

This is part of a continuing series of Videos and Blogs. Episodes visit such notable cities as: London, Paris, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Israel, Napa Valley, Nashville, Monterey and including interesting locations such as: Stonehenge, Eiffel Tower, Changing the Guard, Tower of London – Crown Jewels, Windsor Castle, the Roman baths, the Senine River cruise, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, France’s oldest perfume houses, The Louvre Paris Museum, Royal Estate of Versailles, Moulin Rouge, Claude Monet and more.

if you are planning on traveling these podcasts are a good primer with useful travel information

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93rd Academy Awards will be at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST on Sunday, April 25, 2021 ABC.

93rd Academy Awards will be at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST on Sunday, April 25, 2021 ABC. Watch live as Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announces the 93rd Oscars. We are thrilled to share that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas will be announcing the nominations. The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. It is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, at both the Dolby Theatre and Union Station, on April 25, 2021, two months later than originally planned, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema. The nominations were announced on March 15, 2021.

Is there a red carpet?

Yes. While we’re unlikely to get a totally normal red carpet, we’ll probably see at least a few stars stop for photos on their way inside Union Station. Head to the E! network beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern if you’re in the mood for some preshow celebrity spotting.

The entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. THE MOST RECOGNIZED TROPHY IN THE WORLD, THE OSCAR STATUETTE HAS STOOD ON THE MANTELS OF THE GREATEST FILMMAKERS IN HISTORY SINCE 1929. OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS Official Name: Academy Award® of Meri Height: 13½ inches Weight: 8½ pounds Number of Awards Presented: 3,140 First Recipient: Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929 Design: A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process.

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First awarded: May 16, 1929; 93 years ago

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OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit

Height: 13½ inches

Weight: 8½ pounds

Number of Awards Presented: 3,140

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the “Oscar”. The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

93rd Academy Awards

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide. It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its other three equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, which honors the best films of 2020, will be held on April 25, 2021. The ceremony will again be broadcast on ABC. It will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, for the 20th consecutive year

Earth Day: Support for environmental protection

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

Earth Day Significance: Support for environmental protection

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be observed on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day”. Denis and his staff grew the event beyond the original idea for a teach-in to include the entire United States. More than 20 million people poured out on the streets, and the first Earth Day remains the largest single day protest in human history. Key non-environmentally focused partners played major roles. Under the leadership of labor leader Walter Reuther, for example, the United Auto Workers was the most instrumental outside financial and operational supporter of the first Earth Day. According to Hayes, “Without the UAW, the first Earth Day would have likely flopped!” Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.

The first Earth Day was focused on the United States. In 1990, Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international and organized events in 141 nations.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Numerous communities engaged in Earth Day Week actions, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces.

On Earth Day 2020, over 100 million people around the world observed the 50th anniversary in what is being referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history.

Unofficial Earth Day Flag created by John McConnell.

Significance support for environmental protection Begins 1970 Date April 22 Next time 22 April 2020

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On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In the 20’s and early 30’s women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood movies.

Writing for the screen was attractive to women, both those who freelanced from home (through open submission or writing contests) and those who sought full-time careers.

Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter of either gender in the 1920’s and 1930’s. | Screenwriting, Hollywood, Women writers. In the 1920’s and early 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood — and they were the highest paid, too.

By the mid-teens, the scenario started to take shape as something more than an idea implemented on set by a director. Women contributed to this developing craft by writing more detailed scenarios and instructing on the art itself. Among those women who actively wrote original or adapted scenarios, or both, were Zoë Akins, Hetty Gray Baker, Clara Beranger, Catherine Carr, Russian-born Sonya Levien, Loos, Macpherson, Marion, June Mathis, Bess Meredyth, and Eve Unsell. Jane Murfin adapted her own plays or wrote original scenarios, and Edith M. Kennedy is mentioned in the online AFI catalogue as a story contributor, scenarist, and adapter. Many of these women also advised prospective writers on the continually expanding scenario format

Film production was an assembly production that resulted in early crediting problems that impacted the woman writer. In the absence of detailed scenarios, the final film was often far from the original story idea or plot summary, and the author forgotten. As a result, writing credits typically were either absent or assigned to producers or directors. Scholars have explored this early issue, identifying gender bias as a “possible” cause.

The need to bridge the gap between page and screen and to include the business end of film production led to further changes in the scenario and to the birth of the continuity or shooting script. Women again were on the frontlines.

Women’s readiness to handle the complex art of writing for the screen is not surprising. Most career women joined the field from acting and/or related professions.

In addition to shaping the form of their craft, women influenced its content. Writing for the screen quickly emerged as a female art form, written by women for women. By 1910, 40% of the working class audience was female, according to Kathy Peiss, and company heads were well aware they had to meet the needs of this demographic.

“Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 18 on NBC

Celebrities Make a Stand for COVID-19 Vaccines on TV Special

LOS ANGELES – President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates.

“Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC, will feature Matthew McConaughey interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci to help separate “fact from fiction” about the vaccines, the network said.

Biden will make a direct appeal in support of the effort, while Obama will be joined by basketball greats Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal to reinforce the role of vaccines in allowing Americans to get their lives back on track.

Former first lady Michelle Obama will team with Miranda, Faith Hill and Jennifer Lopez in support of shots during the hour-long special hosted by spouses Russell Wilson, the NFL quarterback, and actor-singer Ciara.

Other announced highlights include comedy from Billy Crystal and Wanda Sykes and appearances by TV doctors Eric Dane, Ryan Eggold, Ellen Pompeo, Jane Seymour and Ken Jeong, who’s also a real M.D. 

Also set to appear are Sterling K. Brown, Lana Condor, Jennifer Hudson, Dale Jarrett, Joe Jonas, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Joel McHale, Kumail Nanjiani and Amanda Seyfried. 

Nearly 100 million people across the U.S. have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine — and now Michelle Obama and a few famous friends will do their part to encourage the rest of the country to get their shots.

The former first lady, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will appear in the hourlong special “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing April 18 on NBC

60-Minutes story on Boston Dynamics

Incase you missed this week’s 60-Minutes story on Boston Dynamics here is a link to view the video. It should be an issue of “Nation Security” that US Government/Military should acquire Boston Dynamic and not let a foreign government have our strategic and military Intellectual Property.

Boston Dynamics is an American engineering and robotics design company founded in 1992 as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Robots of the future at Boston Dynamics

Taylor Swift won the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for “folklore”

Taylor Swift has won the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her eighth album, folklore. She won the award over HAIM, Post Malone, Black Pumas, Jhené Aiko, Jacob Collier, Coldplay, and Dua Lipa. Swift is the first woman in history to win Album of the Year three times, having previously been honored for 1989 and Fearless.

Swift, who performed a suite of songs at the ceremony, was also up for five other Grammys tonight: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “cardigan,” as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “exile” (with Bon Iver), Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Song Written for Visual Media (for Cats’ “Beautiful Ghosts”). Album of the Year was her only 2021 victory.

Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff are also credited as Album of the Year recipients for their work on folklore. Dessner was one of the LP’s producers, engineers/mixers, and songwriters; Antonoff was a producer and engineer/mixer. Back in 2018, Dessner won his first Grammy, earning Best Alternative Music Album with his National bandmates for Sleep Well Beast.

The 2021 Album of the Year is Swift’s 11th Grammy win

Florence Parpart – Patented the Modern Refrigerator

Florence Parpart – Patented the Modern Refrigerator 

The fridge: An essential appliance in our kitchens today that ensures the food we store is kept in a good condition. Since the beginning of history, humans have searched for ways to preserve food.

At the beginning of the twentieth century (specifically in 1914), Florence Parpart invented the modern electric fridge.

Parpart also received a patent for a much improved street-cleaning machine in 1900, which she negotiated and sold to cities throughout the United States.

Very little is known of Florence Parpart, other than census records and United States Government patent applications. Born in the Hoboken, New Jersey, Parpart was listed as a housewife in the United States Census for the majority of her life. As is the case with many early female inventors, local sources paint an entirely different picture.

Parpart won a second patent for the modern refrigerator, rendering the icebox obsolete for those with access to electricity.  Many believe that Parpart’s then fiancée was highly skilled in electrical circuitry and assisted in the design of the first prototype.  Already an experienced entrepreneur, Parpart was highly successful in marketing and selling her refrigerators.  She attended multiple trade shows, developed her own advertising campaigns and managed the production operations, alongside her husband, of additional refrigerators.  Parpart was a true female entrepreneur and gifted inventor.

Grammy Nominations

See the full list below:
 
 Record of the Year
 "Black Parade," Beyoncé
 "Colors," Black Pumas
 "Rockstar," DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
 "Say So," Doja Cat
 "Everything I Wanted," Billie Eilish
 "Don't Start Now,"Dua Lipa
 "Circles," Post Malone
 "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
 

 Album of the Year
 Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
 Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), Black Pumas
 Everyday Life, Coldplay
 Djesse Vol. 3, Jacob Collier
 Women In Music Pt. III, Haim
 Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
 Hollywood's Bleeding, Post Malone
 Folklore, Taylor Swift
 
Song of the Year
 "Black Parade," Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
 "The Box," Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
 "Cardigan," Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
 "Circles," Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
 "Don't Start Now," Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
 "Everything I Wanted," Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
 "I Can't Breathe," Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
 "If The World Was Ending," Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
 
Best New Artist
 Ingrid Andress
 Phoebe Bridgers
 Chika
 Noah Cyrus
 D Smoke
 Doja Cat
 Kaytranada
 Megan Thee Stallion
 
Best Pop Solo Performance
 "Yummy," Justin Bieber
 "Say So," Doja Cat
 "Everything I Wanted," Billie Eilish
 "Don't Start Now," Dua Lipa
 "Watermelon Sugar," Harry Styles
 "Cardigan," Taylor Swift
 
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
 "Un Dia (One Day)," J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
 "Intentions," Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
 "Dynamite," BTS
 "Rain On Me," Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
 "Exile," Taylor Swift Featuring Bon 
 
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
 Blue Umbrella, (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian
 True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, Harry Connick Jr.
 American Standard, James Taylor
 Unfollow the Rules, Rufus Wainwright
 Judy, Rene Zellweger
 
 Best Pop Vocal Album
 Changes, Justin Bieber
 Chromatica, Lady Gaga
 Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
 Fine Line, Harry Styles
 Folklore, Taylor Swift
 Beyonce, Taylor Swift & Other Record-Setters in 2021 Grammy Award Nominations
 
Best Dance Recording
 "On My Mind," Diplo & Sidepiece
 "My High," Disclosure Featuring Amine & Slowthai
 "The Difference," Flume Featuring Toro y Moi
 "Both of Us," Jayda G
 "10%," Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis
 
Best Dance/Electronic Album
 Kick I, Arca
 Planet's Mad, Baauer
 Energy, Disclosure
 Bubba, Kaytranada
 Good Faith, Madeon
 
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
 Axiom, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
 Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard, Jon Batiste
 Take the Stairs, Black Violin
 Americana, Gregoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell
 Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Snarky Puppy
 
Best Rock Performance
 "Shameika," Fiona Apple
 "Not," Big Thief
 "Kyoto," Phoebe Bridgers
 "The Steps," Haim
 "Stay High," Brittany Howard
 "Daylight," Grace Potter
 
Best Metal Performance
 "Bum-Rush," Body Count
 "Underneath," Code Orange
 "The In-Between," In This Moment
 "Bloodmoney," Poppy
 "Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe) -- Live," Power Trip
 
Best Rock Song
 "Kyoto," Phoebe Bridgers, Morgan Nagler & Marshall Vore, songwriters (Phoebe Bridgers)
 "Lost in Yesterday," Kevin Parker, songwriter (Tame Impala)
 "Not," Adrianne Lenker, songwriter (Big Thief)
 "Shameika," Fiona Apple, songwriter (Fiona Apple)
 "Stay High," Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)
 
Best Rock Album
 A Hero's Death, Fontaines D.C.
 Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka
 Daylight, Grace Potter
 Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson
 The New Abnormal, The Strokes
 
Best Alternative Music Album
 Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple
 Hyperspace, Beck
 Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers
 Jaime, Brittany Howard
 The Slow Rush, Tame Impala
 
Best R&B Performance
 "Lightning & Thunder," Jhene Aiko Featuring John Legend
 "Black Parade," Beyoncé
 "All I Need," Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
 "Goat Head," Brittany Howard
 "See Me," Emily King
 
Best Traditional R&B Performance
 "Sit on Down," The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
 "Wonder What She Thinks of Me," Chloe X Halle
 "Let Me Go," Mykal Kilgore
 "Anything For You," Ledisi
 "Distance," Yebba
 
Best R&B Song
 "Better Than I Imagine," Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)
 "Black Parade," Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
 "Collide," Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG)
 "Do It," Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monet, Scott Storche & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
 "Slow Down," Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)
 
Best Progressive R&B Album:
 Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
 Ungodly Hour, Chloe X Halle
 Free Nationals, Free Nationals
 F*** Yo Feelings, Robert Glasper
 It Is What It Is, Thundercat
 
Best R&B Album
 Happy 2 Be Here, Ant Clemons
 Take Time, Giveon
 To Feel Love/d, Luke James
 Bigger Love, John Legend
 All Rise, Gregory Porter
 
Best Rap Performance:
 "Deep Reverence," Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
 "Bop," DaBaby
 "What's Poppin," Jack Harlow
 "The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
 "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
 "Dior," Pop Smoke
 
Best Melodic Rap Performance
 "Rockstar," DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
 "Laugh Now, Cry Later," Drake Featuring Lil Durk
 "Lockdown," Anderson .Paak
 "The Box," Roddy Ricch
 "Highest in the Room," Travis Scott
 
Best Rap Song
 "The Bigger Picture," Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai'shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
 "The Box," Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
 "Laugh Now, Cry Later," Durk Banks, Roget Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour & Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
 "Rockstar," Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
 "Savage," Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)
 
Best Rap Album
 Black Habits, D Smoke
 Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
 A Written Testimony, Jay Electronica
 King's Disease, Nas
 The Allegory, Royce Da 5'9"
 
Best Country Solo Performance
 "Stick That in Your Country Song," Eric Church
 "Who You Thought I Was," Brandy Clark
 "When My Amy Prays," Vince Gill
 "Black Like Me," Mickey Guyton
 "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert
 
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
 "All Night," Brothers Osborne
 "10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
 "Ocean," Lady A
 "Sugar Coat," Little Big Town
 "Some People Do," Old Dominion
 
Best Country Song
 "Bluebird," Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
 "The Bones," Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
 "Crowded Table," Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
 "More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
 "Some People Do," Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)
 
Best Progressive R&B Album:
 Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
 Ungodly Hour, Chloe X Halle
 Free Nationals, Free Nationals
 F*** Yo Feelings, Robert Glasper
 It Is What It Is, Thundercat
 
Best R&B Album
 Happy 2 Be Here, Ant Clemons
 Take Time, Giveon
 To Feel Love/d, Luke James
 Bigger Love, John Legend
 All Rise, Gregory Porter
 
Best Rap Performance:
 "Deep Reverence," Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
 "Bop," DaBaby
 "What's Poppin," Jack Harlow
 "The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
 "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
 "Dior," Pop Smoke
 
Best Melodic Rap Performance
 "Rockstar," DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
 "Laugh Now, Cry Later," Drake Featuring Lil Durk
 "Lockdown," Anderson .Paak
 "The Box," Roddy Ricch
 "Highest in the Room," Travis Scott
 
Best Rap Song
 "The Bigger Picture," Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai'shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
 "The Box," Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
 "Laugh Now, Cry Later," Durk Banks, Roget Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour & Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
 "Rockstar," Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
 "Savage," Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)
 
Best Rap Album
 Black Habits, D Smoke
 Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
 A Written Testimony, Jay Electronica
 King's Disease, Nas
 The Allegory, Royce Da 5'9"
 
Best Country Solo Performance
 "Stick That in Your Country Song," Eric Church
 "Who You Thought I Was," Brandy Clark
 "When My Amy Prays," Vince Gill
 "Black Like Me," Mickey Guyton
 "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert
 
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
 "All Night," Brothers Osborne
 "10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
 "Ocean," Lady A
 "Sugar Coat," Little Big Town
 "Some People Do," Old Dominion
 
Best Country Song
 "Bluebird," Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
 "The Bones," Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
 "Crowded Table," Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
 "More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
 "Some People Do," Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)
 

Lillian Gilbreth: Pioneering Inventor

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth was born in Oakland, California, on (May 24, 1878 – January 2, 1972). Lillian Gilbreth is credited with the invention of the foot-pedal trash can, adding shelves to the inside of refrigerator doors (including the butter tray and egg keeper), and wall-light switches, all now standard.

Awards: National Academy of Engineering (elected 1965); Hoover Medal (1966)

Occupation: Ergonomics expert; Management consultant; Professor

Lillian Gilbreth was an American psychologist, industrial engineer, consultant, and educator who was an early pioneer in applying psychology to time-and-motion studies. She was described in the 1940s as “a genius in the art of living.” Gilbreth, one of the first female engineers to earn a Ph.D., is considered to be the first industrial/organizational psychologist. She and her husband, Frank Bunker Gilbreth, were efficiency experts who contributed to the study of industrial engineering, especially in the areas of motion study and human factors. Cheaper by the Dozen (1948) and Belles on Their Toes (1950), written by two of their children (Ernestine and Frank Jr.) tell the story of their family life and describe how time-and-motion studies were applied to the organization and daily activities of their large family. Both books were later made into feature films.

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Cool Thing Invented by a Women: The Cabinet Bed

In 1885, Sarah E. Goode became the first African-American woman with a U.S. patent with her invention of a folding cabinet bed which maximized space in small homes. The fully-functional desk could be used by day and then folded down for a good night’s sleep. 15 years after her patent, The Murphy Bed revolutionized urban life in increasingly more densely populated cities.

78th Golden Globes: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

78th Golden Globes: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

About the Show

Award-winning comedy icons Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to the Golden Globes as co-hosts for the 2021 telecast.

Fey and Poehler were critically applauded when they hosted the Globes from 2013-2015, receiving universal praise for their witty on-stage banter and effortless rapport with one another.

Fey, along with Robert Carlock, is co-creator and an executive producer of NBC’s “Mr. Mayor” – a comedy series about a retired businessman who becomes mayor of Los Angeles, starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter – from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Fey has won two Golden Globes and six Emmys for writing and/or acting for the multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live.” Fey and Carlock are also producers of the series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from Netflix and Universal Television.

Poehler is a Golden Globe and Emmy winner, well known for her portrayal of eternal optimist Leslie Knope on NBC’s beloved comedy “Parks and Recreation.” She is currently an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy “Russian Doll” and executive producer/co-host of NBC’s “Making It.” She also is an executive producer and co-star of the animated series “Duncanville” on FOX.

CREDITS

Day & Time: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Golden globes trivia and fun facts:

The actor with the most Golden Globes is Meryl Streep (eight, in addition to winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2017); the male actors with the most are Jack Nicholson and Alan Alda (each with six).

Only four people have won two acting awards in the same year: Sigourney Weaver (1989); Joan Plowright (1993); Helen Mirren (2007); and Kate Winslet (2009). Sorry, fellas.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren accepting a Golden Globe for “The Queen,” which was just one of two awards she earned at the 2007 ceremony. Getty Images

The films that have won the most Golden Globes are: seven to “La La Land” (2016); six each to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Midnight Express” (1978); and five each to “Doctor Zhivago” (1965); “Love Story” (1975); “The Godfather” (1972); and “A Star Is Born” (1976).

The youngest person to win a Golden Globe was Ricky Schroder, then 9 (‘The Champ,” 1980). The oldest was Ennio Morricone, then 87, for best original score (“The Hateful Eight,” 2016)

Arizona became a state 109 years ago today.

Arizona became a state 109 years ago today.

Oregon became 33rd state (162 years ago)
Arizona became 48th state (109 years ago)
Arizona, the Grand Canyon state, achieved statehood on February 14, 1912, the last of the 48 coterminous United States to be admitted to the union. Originally part of New Mexico, the land was ceded to the United States in 1848, and became a separate territory in 1863. Copper was discovered in 1854, and copper mining was Arizona’s premier industry until the 1950s. After World War II, the widespread availability of refrigeration and air conditioning caused Arizona’s population to boom and Phoenix to become one of the fastest growing cities in America. Arizona is the sixth largest state in the country in terms of area. Its population has always been predominantly urban, particularly since the mid-20th century, when urban and suburban areas began growing rapidly at the expense of the countryside.
Date of Statehood: February 14, 1912
Capital: Phoenix
Population: 7.4 million (2020)
Size: 113,990 square miles, ranks 6th largest
Nickname(s): Grand Canyon State
Motto: Ditat Deus (“God enriches”)
Tree: Palo Verde
Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Bird: Cactus Wren

Valentine Boxes For Kids

Every year kids need to make valentines boxes for school. On Valentines Day there is a party and lots of valentines to be passed around from child to child. There are many ways to make a cute box. Here are a few fun ways to help your child with their Valentines Day box.

If you have an empty tissue box (and who doesn’t in the Winter?), you can make an easy and pretty Valentine boxes with kids. All you need is some paper to cover the tissue box and heart-shape paper punches or stickers, and presto! You’ll have a pretty box to hold all those Valentines your child gets. It’s a great art project for kids. Let them do what ever they want.

Another idea for a box is a Valentines Day mailbox.

Make this fun and creative box out of an empty laundry detergent box. All you need is some contact paper and heart cutouts and voila! You’ll have a fun storage box for all the Valentines your grade-schooler will receive from friends and classmates.

Another great idea for a Valentine’s box is a greeting pocket. It’s fun and easy to make, and will hold all the Valentine’s greetings your grade-schooler will collect. Let your grade-schooler use her imagination to add her r own touches to this Valentine box. Just take two paper plates in half, glue them together. Make a handle at the top out of the edge of another plate or any kind of ribbon and let your child color the plate or put stickers on it. Any thing around the house can be used for decorations. Just let them have fun with the decoration of the heart. These are just a few uses your imagination and have fun with your kids making these Valentines Day Boxes.

Hawaii – Haiku Stairs, a.k.a. ‘stairway to heaven’

Hawaii – Haiku Stairs, also known as the ‘stairway to heaven’ – It is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oahu. The trail starts as a wooden staircase leading to the cliff on the south side of the Valley of Haiku. The staircase was installed in 1942 to stretch a cable from one side of the hill to the other side. This was necessary in order to provide a continuous link to the naval station during the war. In 2003, the staircase was restored at a cost of $875,000. Due to current legal issues of land use, the city and county of Honolulu said there is no current plan to open the stairs for public use.

The Boeing 747 is 52 Years Old, still Working Hard and carried 4-Billion Passengers.

The Boeing 747 is 52 Years Old, still Working Hard, carried 4-Billion Passengers and several Space Shuttles.

Fifty-two years ago today, on Feb. 9, 1969, the first Boeing 747 ever built completed its first flight. Called the City of Everett, it took off from a brand-new runway at Boeing’s specially built 747 factory in Everett, Washington. A new era in commercial aviation was born and the original jumbo jet started making history immediately.

The 747 is one of the greatest airplanes in aviation history. You will marvel at the amazing Boeing 747 and its five decades of extraordinary service.

Come and celebrate the 52th anniversary of this pedigree airplane.

 Rarely do the commercial aviation and spirituality share the same conversation — unless it’s the 747 we’re talking about.

It’s hard to look at a 747 without focusing on its most distinctive feature — its upper deck. The position of this second-story annex. The upper-deck’s design is smoothly integral to the rest of fuselage.

 The 747 design is a demonstration of the elegant, almost organic flow of the jet’s profile.

 In the 1990s, Boeing ran a magazine promotion for the 747. It was a two-page, three-panel ad, with a nose-on silhouette of the plane against a dusky sunset.

 “Where/does this/take you?” asked Boeing across the centerfold. Below this dreamy triptych, the text went on:

 “A stone monastery in the shadow of a Himalayan peak. A cluster of tents on the sweep of the Serengeti plains. The Boeing 747 was made for places like these. Distant places filled with adventure, romance, and discovery. The 747 is the symbol for air travelers in the hearts and minds of travelers. It is the airplane of far-off countries and cultures. Where will it take you?”

 Nothing nailed the plane’s mystique more than that ad.

 The plane’s replacement is Boeing’s own 777-300, which can carry almost as may people as a 747, at around two-thirds of the operating costs, that has rendered the four-engine model otherwise obsolete. Pretty much every 777-300 that you see out there — and there are hundreds of them — would have been a 747 in decades past. The -300 has quietly become the premier jumbo jet of the 21st century.

Here are the 27 original customers.

Delta Air Lines
Eastern Airlines
Air India
National Airlines
World Airways
United Airlines
American Airlines
Air France
BOAC
Lufthansa
Sabena
Iberia
South African Airways
Air Canada
El Al
Braniff International
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
Swissair
Qantas
KLM
Aer Lingus
Alitalia
Northwest Airlines
Continental Airlines
Trans World Airlines (TWA)
Japan Airlines (JAL)
Pan American

Twenty-seven carriers got things rolling, though many more would follow.

KLM (The Netherlands) is the world’s oldest airline, and this logo, a masterpiece of simplicity, is still in use today, only barely altered. There are 17 747s in the KLM fleet. With United out of the picture, KLM joins Lufthansa, Qantas, El Al and BOAC/British Airways as the only members of the original 27 to have operated the jet continuously since 1970.