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History and Quotes
For Hoang Kim
Monday June 20, 2011

Today is Monday, June 20, the 171st day of 2011 with 194 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Mars and Venus.

This Day in History, June 20

On June 20th, 1214, the University of Oxford received its charter.

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Other Notable Events, June 20

In 1893, a jury in Fall River, Mass., found Lizzy Borden not guilty in the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

In 1898, the U.S. Navy seized Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, during the Spanish-American War. The people of Guam were granted U.S. citizenship in 1950.

In 1900, in response to widespread foreign encroachment upon China’s national affairs, Chinese nationalists launched the so-called Boxer Rebellion in Beijing.

In 1963, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot line communications link between Washington and Moscow.

In 1967, the American Independent Party was formed to back George Wallace of Alabama for president.

In 1977, oil began to flow through the $7.7 billion, 789-mile Alaska pipeline.

In 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush broke off U.S. diplomatic contact with the Palestine Liberation Organization after the PLO refused to act against a factional leader who plotted to attack Israel.

In 1991, the German Parliament voted to move its capital from Bonn to Berlin.

In 1994, O.J. Simpson pleaded “100 percent not guilty” to charges he killed his ex-wife and her friend.

In 1997, four major U.S. tobacco companies and several state attorneys general, after months of negotiations, agreed to a $368.5 billion settlement to recover the costs of smoking-related illnesses.

In 1999, NATO formally ended its bombing campaign of Yugoslavia as Serb forces completed their withdrawal from Kosovo.

In 2003, up to 200 illegal immigrants were feared dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia on its way to Italy.

In 2004, Pakistan and India reached agreement on banning nuclear testing.

In 2006, former White House official David Saravian was convicted on four counts of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice in dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush blocked legislation to permit expanded federal funding for stem cell studies. He vetoed a new proposal to lift restrictions on funding for the research.

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated wiretapping law that includes protection from civil suits for telecommunications companies.

In 2009, Iraqi insurgents, striking in a series of attacks as U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq as planned, set off a truck bomb near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, killing 82 people and injuring 250.

Also in 2009, authorities reported at least 19 protesters were killed as demonstrations continued in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election.

In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos easily defeated former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus to become Colombia’s next president.

Also in 2010, two car bombs exploded minutes apart in a crowded section near government offices and a bank in Baghdad, killing a reported 26 people.
Copyright 2010 by United Press International

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Notable Birthdays for June 20

Those born on this date include:
– Author-playwright Lillian Hellman in 1905
– Actor Errol Flynn in 1909
– Musician Chet Atkins in 1924
– Actor, World War II hero Audie Murphy, winner of the Medal of Honor, in 1925
– Actor Martin Landau in 1928 (age 83)
– Actor Olympia Dukakis in 1931 (age 80)
– Actor James Tolkan in 1931 (age 80)
– Actor Danny Aiello in 1933 (age 78)
– Actor John Mahoney in 1940 (age 71)
– Football Hall of Fame member Len Dawson in 1935 (age 76)
– Songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 69)
– Singer Anne Murray in 1945 (age 66)
– TV handyman Bob Vila in 1931 (age 80)
– Concert pianist Andre Watts in 1946 (age 65)
– Singer Lionel Richie in 1949 (age 62)
– Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 1950 (age 61)
– Actor Actor John Goodman in 1952 (age 59)
– Actor Nicole Kidman in 1967 (age 44)
– Actor Michael Landon Jr. in 1964 (age 47)
Copyright 2010 by United Press International

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Classic Quotes by Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) US writer

Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.

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Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

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Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.

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I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashion.

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I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.

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If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

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If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.

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It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.

Gardening Daily Tips
For Hoang Kim
Monday June 20, 2011


Azalea (Rhododendron (subgenus Azalea))

Today’s Featured Plant
Azalea (Rhododendron (subgenus Azalea))

Read the full profile of this plant at ArcaMax.com.

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Q&A: Transplanting Black Eyed Susans

Question: We have some Black Eyed Susans that my wife would like to transplant, they are about ready to bloom, when is a good time to transplant them? Is now ok, before they bloom, or wait until after they are done flowering.

Answer: It would be better to wait until late August or early September — after they have bloomed — to move them, but if you don’t mind losing or delaying the blooms you could also do it now. Trim them back and take as large a rootball as possible if you move them now, and keep them well watered until they become reestablished. If you move them in September you could also divide them at the same time.

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Q&A: Growing Grapevines for Wreaths

Question: I would like to grow concord grapes, both for their fruit and also to use the vines for making wreaths. What growing conditions do the grapes need, and when do you cut the vines for using in wreaths? I don’t want to mess up my fruit by cutting the vines off at the wrong time!

Answer: Grapes grow best in full sun in a spot with good air circulation and well drained, slightly acid soil of at least average fertility. Since grapes develop only on the current year’s growth, the vines are usually pruned back very hard in mid to late winter. This provides plenty of vine for wreath making and other projects. (The vine is also leafless at that time which is good because removing the leaves by hand is tedious.) Whether or not you use the vines for projects, do remove all prunings from the growing area to help reduce any chances of carrying over pests or diseases from one year to the next.

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Q&A: Deadheading Clematis

Question: I just moved into a new home with a lovely clematis. It is blooming beautifully. Should I plan to deadhead it once the flowers fade?

Answer: It is not necessary to deadhead clematis–which is fortunate because deadheading a mature plant would be a huge task! Many gardeners find the seed heads decorative during the fall and winter months, too. Enjoy your plant!

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Tip: Harvest Pole and Bush Beans Daily

Don’t let the pods get larger around than you little finger or the plant will move into a slowdown phase. Once the plant begins to develop seeds, it has finished its life cycle and will stop producing. Besides, the beans are at their most tender before they produce seeds.

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Tip: Protect Yourself from Insect Pests

Protect yourself from summer’s insect pests and the diseases they transmit. Use repellents and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Check yourself and your children for ticks. Although the likelihood of getting an insect-borne illness is low, it still makes sense to take precautions.

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