Bethel Daily Briefing: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Everything you need to know to start your day in Bethel.


Today is Monday, April 25, 2012

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This Morning's Headlines


Today's Weather 

Wednesday: Scattered showers, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 54. West wind between 10 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 38. West wind between 7 and 10 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.


Events & Reminders

  • Morning Book Discussion:  This morning's selection is An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.   10:00-11:30 am.  When the Queen of England--in pursuit of her wandering corgis--stumbles upon a mobile library,  she feels duty bound to borrow a book. This smart and funny novella celebrates the love of reading.  Held in the Seelye Room of the Bethel Library. No registration is required. Copies of books are available at the Circulation Desk approximately one month before the meeting. 
  • Wellness Wednesday:   As part of the ongoing Wellness Wednesday program on campus, “Meditation for Wellness” will be at noon in Room 202 of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Brookfield School Counselor Alex Boianghu, a Tibetan Buddhist, will lead this session sponsored by the HPX department and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies. It will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-3903.
  • Economic Development Commission 6 pm, Meeting Room A, Municipal Center
  • If you would like to work on this year’s Quilt, there is still room foryou, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1pm. [put on inside]
  • Johnson School Art Walk will be on Wednesday, April 25, from  5-7 p.m.


Today in History

1684 - A patent was granted for the thimble. 

1831 - The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City. 

1898 - The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before. 

1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1. 

1940 - W2XBS (now WCBS-TV) in New York City presented the first circus on TV. 

1953 - U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes. 

1953 - Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick suggested the double helix structure of DNA. 

1957 - Operations began at the first experimental sodium nuclear reactor. 

1971 - The country of Bangladesh was established. 

1985 - "Big River (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)" opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in New York City. 

1987 - In Washington, DC, 100,000 people protested the U.S. policy in Central America. 

1987 - Peter O'Toole opened in "Pygmalion" on Broadway. 

1988 - In Israel, John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanuk was sentenced to death as a Nazi war criminal. 

1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttleDiscovery. 

1998 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation. 

2007 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time. 



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Weather information taken from the National Weather Service. Today in History compiled from On-This-Day.com and other sources.


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