August 16
Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

Word of the Day
homily HAH-muh-lee adjective; A sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude. —

This Day in History
Aug. 16, 1942: The two-man crew of the Navy’s anti-submarine blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine mission off the California coast. The blimp itself drifts back over land late in the day, crash-landing near San Francisco. No explanation for the missing crew has ever been determined.

Number to Know
61: Maximum speed, in miles per hour, of a U.S. Navy L-class blimp in 1942.

Website of the Day: The Riddle of the L-8 Blimp
Theories about what might have happened to the crew of the mysterious unmanned airship.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Steve Carell, American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer, 52.

Daily Quote
“You’re doing your kids a disservice if they do get everything they want because that’s not the way life’s going to go, and I think kids have to have some reality.” — Steve Carell