August 24
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
pied-a-terre pee-ay-duh-TAIR; pyay-dah-TAIR noun; A temporary or second place of lodging. —

This Day in History
Aug. 24, 1814: After defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg in the War of 1812, British forces enter Washington D.C. and set fire to the White, the Capitol and many other government buildings.

Number to Know
1: The number of U.S. presidents ever to exercise in battle their authority as commander in chief. In the War of 1812 President James Madison was present at the Battle of Bladensburg outside Washington D.C. and briefly took command of an American battery.

Website of the Day: The War of 1812
Information on an American war often overlooked in history.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Marlee Matlin, American actor and activist, 49.

Daily Quote
“When I learned to sign and speak at the same time, the whole world opened up to me. That’s the beauty of encouraging kids who are deaf to use whatever it takes to communicate.” — Marlee Matlin