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January 21

Word of the Day
Definition: (adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Synonyms: overblown, grandiloquent, portentous
Usage: He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention.

This Day in History
Vladimir Lenin Dies (1924)
Born in 1870, V.I. Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, leader of the Bolshevik party, and the first premier of the Soviet Union. Trained as a lawyer, he turned his attention to Marxism in the 1890s, later adapting it to form his own theory, "Leninism." By 1921, after years of intense struggle, he and his party had successfully gained control of Russia. After a series of strokes, Lenin died on January 21, 1924, but the direct cause of his death is disputed. More...

Today's Birthday
Jack Nicklaus (1940)
Jack Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Dubbed "The Golden Bear," his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn golf into a major spectator sport. His professional successes are astounding; he garnered titles in three Players Championships, three Open Championships, four US Opens, six Australian Opens, six Masters, and five PGA Championships. More...

Quotation of the Day
Straws show how the wind blows.
(620 BC-560 BC)