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On this day in history: August 13, 1521 - After an 80-day siege, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés captures Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire. When the Spaniards fail to discover Montezuma's treasure, they torture Cuauhtemoc by pouring hot oil over his feet. The emperor responds by asking, "Am I on a bed of roses?" They hang him three years later.
Born on this day in history: August 13, 1899 - Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) Born London—died Bel Air, CA. Motion-picture director whose suspenseful films won immense popularity. The son of a London poultry dealer, Hitchcock attended St. Ignatius College, London, and the University of London, where he studied engineering. In 1920 he began to work in the motion-picture industry, designing title cards for the Famous Players-Lasky Company. Within a few years he had become a scenario writer and an assistant director, and he directed his first film ("The Pleasure Garden") in 1925. With "The Lodger" (1926), the story of a family who mistakenly suspect their roomer to be Jack the Ripper, Hitchcock began making the "thrillers" with which he was to become identified. "His Blackmail" (1929) was the first successful British talking picture. During the 1930s he directed such classic suspense films as "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), "The Thirty-nine Steps" (1935), "Sabotage" (1936), and "The Lady Vanishes" (1938). In 1939 Hitchcock left England for Hollywood, where his first film, "Rebecca" (1940), won an Academy Award for best picture.
Scripture of the Day: For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. - Romans 8:13-14
Video of the Day: Dice Stacking: Basic Tricks - submitted by Jay
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For dinner last evening, I made burritos. I diced a leftover grilled pork loin chop and placed in a large sauté pan, with 1 1/2 cups of Calrose rice, 2 cups of water, and a cup of the salsa I made Sunday morning. When the rice was done, I drained a can of black beans and added the beans to the mixture. At the table, we spooned this into warm flour tortillas and added shredded cheddar cheese and salsa. It was a delightful meal. Leftovers shall follow Laura to Chico tomorrow morning.