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"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."

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hapless, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap." More...

happen - Fairly new to English, from hap, "chance, luck," which was borrowed from Old Norse happ. More...

fortune - Latin fors, "chance," formed fortuna, "that which fate brings along," hence fortune, "luck" or "good luck." More...

potluck - Comes from the practice of throwing leftovers in a pot—with luck determining how good the stew would taste. More...

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Historical Events for 7th August 2020

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1428 - Valais witch trial proceedings begin in Valais Canton, Switzerland, first organized witch trials
1760 - Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
1942 - Dutch resistance bombs Rotterdam railway
1978 - Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
1984 - The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
1991 - American team of Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell and Dennis Mitchell set 4 x 100m relay world record of 37.67 seconds in Zürich, Switzerland
2005 - In one of cricket history's closest Tests, and despite a brave unbeaten 43 from Australian tail-ender Brett Lee, England sneaks a 2-run win in series turning 2nd Test at Edgbaston
2007 - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record
2010 - Hampered by a back injury Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman scores a brave, unbeaten 103 to guide India to a 5 wicket win v Sri Lanka in Colombo; draw series
2017 - England breaks 19-year drought in home Test cricket series against South Africa; beat Proteas by 177 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; Moeen Ali 75no and 5/69

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