August 9
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
agon AH-gahn; ah-GOHN noun; A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work. —

This Day in History
Aug. 9, 1944: Smokey Bear appears on a United States Forest Service poster for the first time.

Number to Know
22 million: The average number of acres lost annually to wildfire in 1944, the first year of the Smokey Bear campaign. Today the average is 6.7 million.

Website of the Day: Smokey Bear
Official site of the Forest Service’s wildfire-fighting mascot.

Today’s Featured Birthday
Kurtis Blow (born Kurt Walker), American rapper, music producer and hip-hop pioneer, 55.

Daily Quote
“That’s the job of the entertainer: to entertain. Not to motivate or inspire people to get violent.” — Kurtis Blow