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April 26, 2017 (Wed.)     'Administrative Professionals Day' (formerly known as 'Secretary's Day')   
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April 28, 2017 (Fri.)   
Arbor Day   Letter 58  |  189 ; レター  58  |  189    


12675 170430  Long after their bones were gone, Neanderthals' DNA survived in cave - CBS News

12674 170430    born April 29, 1933    Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson  music videos
Willie Nelson - Wikipedia 
born April 29, 1933, an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. ...  He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound.
Willie Nelson - Topic - YouTube
Willie Nelson Greatest Hits | Best Songs Of Willie Nelson - YouTube
12673 170430  South Vietnam surrenders - Apr 30, 1975 -
Fall of Saigon 1975 - YouTube

Minnesota Honors Vietnam Era Veterans
Presidents:    Richard Nixon    #37    |    Gerald Ford    #38     

12672 170429    Nature Notes: April 29, 2017:  Cloudy      a Palm Warbler, a small Hawk (likely a male Cooper’s  Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk), Marsh Wrens?, Ruddy Ducks in the distance, Gadwalls, Sandpipers, Yellowlegs, Tree Swallows, a Sandhill Crane, Wood Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals (calls), Song Sparrows (calls), a White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Bald Eagle nest, a Young Bald Eagle flying overhead, Robins, Trumpeter Swans, an unhatched egg left on the goose nest, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Egrets, Crows, Blue-winged Teals, Green-winged Teals, Forster’s Terns, a Killdeer (calls), Willets, Nuthatches, Chickadees (alarm calls), a male Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many Northern Shovlers, Phoebes, a male Hooded Merganser, an old Pileated Woodpecker nest
Birders, who we met on the trail, spotted:  Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Buffleheads, Sora calls, a Hermit Thrush, a Barn Swallow in flight, Goslings,
Muskrat Lodges, a Beaver Lodge
Western Chorus Frog calls
Blooming:  Dandelion, Violet, Violet (white color, but not Canada Violet: unidentified),
Creeping Charlie? 
Bracket mushrooms

April 27, 2017:  Cloudy    Temp.: around 32 F    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Robins, Egrets fishing, a Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Pocket Gopher’s Mounds
No Western Chorus Frog calls 
Blooming: Elderberry, Box-Elder (flowers are done, small samaras),
Almost all trees and shrubs leafing out, including Aspen
Nature Notes  2017 

12671 170429  World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C. - Apr 29, 2004 -
World War II Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

National World War II Memorial - Wikipedia

12670 170429  Riots erupt in Los Angeles - Apr 29, 1992 -
1992 Los Angeles riots - Wikipedia
Los Angeles Riots, 1992 (1) - YouTube
1992 LA RIOTS - YouTube

12669 170428  Fyre Festival just proved Instagram influencers are utter nonsense  Mashable
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12668 170428  Antarctica's Blood Falls not so mysterious, but still freaky as heck | Popular Science

12667 170428    born c. April 28, 1937    Saddam Hussein  Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein's Wikipedia  c. 1937 - December 30, 2006, the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003.  ... 
In 2003, a coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq to depose Saddam, in which U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused him of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda. Saddam's Ba'ath party was disbanded and elections were held. Following his capture on 13 December 2003, the trial of Saddam took place under the Iraqi Interim Government. On 5 November 2006, Saddam was convicted of charges of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites, and was sentenced to death by hanging. His execution was carried out on 30 December 2006.
Saddam Hussein Biography & Facts |
Saddam Hussein: Life and Execution of the Iraqi Dictator - YouTube

Presidents    George W. Bush    #43    |    George H. W. Bush    #41
Iraq War

12666 170428    born April 28, 1758    James Monroe    #5
President Monroe is born - Apr 28, 1758 -
The Missouri Compromise of 1820 (APUSH Review - Period 4) - YouTube
Presidents    James Monroe    #5

12665 170428     April 28, 2001     Dennis Tito, the first space tourist 
First Space Tourist: How a U.S. Millionaire Bought a Ticket to Orbit
Space station welcomes tourist Dennis Tito (2001) - YouTube

[Interview] Dennis Tito on the Late Show - May 21 2001 - YouTube
How Close Are We To Space Tourism? - YouTube
In Space.

12664 170428  Fleeting warblers worth a neck crick  Star Tribune, 04/19/2017,
Birding Warblers - YouTube
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12663 170427  The Most Recognizable Structure in Every State (and How Much It Cost to Build)  MSN

12662 170427  NFL Draft 2017 –
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12661 170427  The 'Blue Whale' Suicide Challenge That's Killing Kids: What Parents Need to Know  Yahoo
Blue Whale Suicide Game - YouTube

12660 170427     born April 27, 1791    Samuel Morse
Samuel F. B. Morse - Inventor -
Samuel Morse - Wikipedia  Samuel Finley Breese Morse, April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872, an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy. ...
Samuel Morse The Telegraph - YouTube

12659 170427  President Grant is born - Apr 27, 1822 -
Presidents:    Ulysses S. Grant    #18

12658 170427  Man, Dog, Sun  "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  April 11, 2017 Germany

12657 170427  Nature Notes on Kris' Morning Walk: April 25, 2017:  Cloudy    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Cardinals, Robins, Horned Grebes, Song Sparrows (calls), White-throated Sparrows, a Gnat Catcher, Chickadees (alarm calls*, spring calls), Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Nuthatch, Mallards, an old Oriole nest
  2005/06/23/ Chickadees' alarm calls carry information about size threat of predator
a Black Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls
Blooming: Dandelion, Juneberry (Serviceberry), Elderberry, Violet
Almost all trees and shrubs begin to leaf out.
weird looking mushrooms

Nature Notes  2017

12651 170425-0427  NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn | NASA
Cassini: Mission to Saturn
Cassini–Huygens - Wikipedia
Cassini's Grand Finale Tour at Saturn
 "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  January 25, 2017

12656 170426   Mountaineers Capture Avalanche Up-Close in Canada's Rocky Mountains  MSN video
Avalanche - Wikipedia  " ... 
Avalanches are most common during winter or spring but glacier movements may cause ice and snow avalanches at any time of year.  ..."

12655 170426   When Swarm met Steve - Swarm - Observing the Earth - Our Activities - ESA 

12654 170426  Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl - Apr 26, 1986 -

12653 170426    born April 26, 1822    Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted - Architect, Writer -
Frederick Law Olmsted - Wikipedia 
April 26, 1822 – August 28, 1903, an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted was famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux, including Central Park in New York City, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts, considered by many to be the first municipal park in America.
36 Hours in Central Park, New York The New York Times - YouTube
Frederick Law Olmsted Designing America - YouTube
Connecticut  |  Central Park, New York

12652 170426  Mexicans No Longer Make Up Majority Of Immigrants In U.S. Illegally | NPR

12651 170425-426  NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn | NASA
Cassini: Mission to Saturn
Cassini–Huygens - Wikipedia

12650 170425    born April 25, 1874      Guglielmo Marconi
Guglielmo Marconi - Inventions -
Guglielmo Marconi - Wikipedia  25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937, an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".

12649 170425  Andropov writes to an American fifth-grader - Apr 25, 1983 -   Cold War
Presidents:    Ronald Reagan    #40

12648 170425     born April 25, 1917    Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald is born - Apr 25, 1917 -
Ella Fitzgerald - Topic - YouTube
The Best Of Ella Fitzgerald - YouTube

Ella Fitzgerald - Wikipedia  April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996, an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
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12647 170424  Home | Library of Congress
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Presidents:    John Adams    #2    |    Thomas Jefferson    #3    |    James Madison    #4

12646 170424     born April 24, 1942    Barbra Streisand  Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand - Wikipedia   born April 24, 1942, an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
Barbra Streisand: Greatest Hits - The Best Album of Barbra Streisand - YouTube
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12645 170424  Muskoxen in Norway  Deutsche Welle, 04/20/2017

12644 170424   Mark Zuckerberg wants the smartphone to die so Facebook can control the future  Yahoo Finance

12643 170424   What People Earn  Parade

12642 170424  Weekend Box Office Results for April 21-23, 2017 - Box Office Mojo
1  The Fate of the Furious  2  The Boss Baby  3  Beauty and the Beast (2017)  4  Born in China (2016) - IMDb

12641 170424  Cherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis | PBS NewsHour
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12640 170424  Travelers, Why Video May Be Your Secret Weapon To Better Customer Service  Forbes

12639 170424 
Synthesis of a carbon nanobelt | Science
Forging a carbon nanobelt  Physics Today

12638 170424  The Average Student Loan Debt in Every State  Yahoo Finance

12637 170423  The Most Common Cancer Symptoms People Ignore  < >

12636 170423    born c. April 23, 1564 -  died April 23, 1616    William Shakespeare
Birth and death of William Shakespeare celebrated - Apr 23, 1564 -

William Shakespeare -    Poet, Playwright, - c. April 23, 1564 - April 23, 1616
William Shakespeare - Wikipedia  26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616, an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".
Shakespeare Festival photo page

12635 170423  April 22, 2017    March for Science
April 22  Earth Day   Letter 57, 189 | レター 57, 189    Photos
12622 170420  March for Science  April 22, 2017
Earth Day And The March For Science | NPR
March for Science - Wikipedia

12634 170423  Nature Notes: April 23, 2017:  Sunny    Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Canada Geese: a mom is incubating her eggs on the top of the muskrat lodge, Mallards, Robins, Crows, Chickadees, Song Sparrows (calls), Trumpeter Swans, a Coot, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, a Sandhill Crane, Blue-winged Teals, Sandpipers, a Double-crested Cormorant fishing, a Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeons, House Sparrows, a Starling having nesting materials in its beak, Yellowlegs, a Nuthatch (calls), Northern Cardinals (calls), a Bald Eagle nest, mysterious calls (unidentified)
a Muskrat, Muskrat lodges, Beaver lodges, found a Raccoon den in a hollow tree destroyed by a recent storm
Western Chorus Frog calls
a Painted Turtle sunning on the log
Blooming: Dandelion, Violet 

Nature Notes  2017

12633 170423    born April 23, 1791    James Buchanan
James Buchanan is born - Apr 23, 1791 -
James Buchanan's Presidency Video - James Buchanan -
???  The worst president in U.S. history - YouTube
    James Buchanan    #15    |    Abraham Lincoln    #16      

12632 170422-0423  Nature Notes: April 22, 2017:  Sunny    Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Canada Geese, Mallards, Turkeys, Robins, Crows, Chickadees, Sparrows (unidentified), 
info from birders who we met on the park trail: a Black-and-White Warbler, a Palm Warbler, a female Kingfisher, a Meadowlark (calls), a Barred Owl, a Brown Thrasher
Gray Squirrels, two horseback riders, horse poop on the trail, horseshoe tracks,
This Prairie still looks brown around this time of year.
Western Chorus Frog calls
Swarming Gnats
parts of the trail flooding a little bit.

Nature Notes  2017
Activities: playing golf, walking, walking dogs, jogging/running, mountain biking, birding, nature photography, nature walks, horseback riding, fishing, 

12631 170422  The Oklahoma land rush begins - Apr 22, 1889 -
Land Run 1889 OK Moments - YouTube
Far and Away - Land Rush Scene - YouTube
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Presidents:    Benjamin Harrison    #23

12630 170421-0422  Nature Notes: April 21, 2017:  Sunny    a White-throated Sparrow,  House Sparrows, Pied-billed Grebes, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds: males and females (calls), Starlings on the utility line, Canada Geese: three nesting sites, Mallards, a Nuthatch, Robins,
info from our birder's friends: a House Wren's nest in their yard
Gray Squirrels, a Cottontail rabbit, Muskrats, Muskrat lodges,
Western Chorus Frog calls
Shrubs with showy white flowers blooming (unidentified)

Nature Notes  2017

12629 170421  The Latest Scary News About Pesticides in Fruits and Veggies | LIVESTRONG.COM

12628 170421  This State Is Making it Illegal to Lunch Shame | Reader's Digest
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12627 170421    
born April 21, 1838     John Muir
John Muir Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story -
John Muir - Wikipedia 
April 21, 1838 – 24 December 24, 1914, a Scottish-born  American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.
Sierra Club - Wikipedia

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12626 170421   
born April 21, 1816    Charlotte Brontë  Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë - Wikipedia  21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855, an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell....

12625 170421  21st April 753BC The Founding of Rome - YouTube
Romulus & Remus, The Story of - YouTube
Romulus and Remus - Wikipedia

12624 170421  First: Badger Buries Entire Cow in Shocking New Video  National Geographic

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