[Daily article] October 18: Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto (born 18 October 1984) is an Indian actress who has
appeared mainly in American and British films. Born and raised in
Mumbai, she decided to become an actress at a young age. She was
educated at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, where she took part in amateur
plays. After graduation, she briefly worked as a model and then as a
television presenter. Pinto made her cinematic debut with the British
drama Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which she received several
nominations at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and
the Teen Choice Awards. Her biggest commercial success came with the
2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The same year,
she portrayed the title character in Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. Her
performance in the biographical film Desert Dancer (2014) received
critical acclaim. Although the Indian media has credited Pinto with
breaking stereotypes of Indian women in foreign films, she has been a
lesser-known figure in Indian cinema. She is a vocal advocate for
underprivileged children and women.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1009:

Under orders from Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church now within the walled
Old City of Jerusalem, was destroyed.

1356:

The most significant earthquake to have occurred in Central
Europe in recorded history destroyed Basel, Switzerland, and caused much
destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany.

1775:

American Revolutionary War: In an act of retaliation against
ports that supported Patriot activities in the early stages of the war,
the Royal Navy destroyed what is now Portland, Maine.

1954:

The first commercial transistor radio, the Regency TR-1, was
introduced in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.

2007:

A suicide attack on a motorcade carrying former Prime Minister
of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in Karachi caused at least 139 deaths and 450
injuries.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

chintzy:
1. Of or decorated with chintz.
2. (figuratively) Tastelessly showy; cheap, gaudy, or tacky.
3. (figuratively) Excessively reluctant to spend; miserly, stingy.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be
worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
 
–Pierre Trudeau

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