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Days of Our Lives

Days of Our Lives is an American daytime soap opera broadcast on NBC. It is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965. A co-production of Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television, the series was created by husband-and-wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday. During Days of Our Lives' early years, Irna Phillips served as a story editor for the program and many of the show's earliest storylines were written by William J. Bell; the series focuses on its core families, the Hortons and the Bradys. Several other families have been added to the cast, many of them still appear on the show. Frances Reid, the matriarch of the series' Horton family, remained with the show from its inception to her death on February 3, 2010, although her last formal appearance occurred in December 2007. Suzanne Rogers is the longest-serving member of the program's current cast and the longest-serving current cast member of an ongoing American soap opera, having appeared on the show since August 1973.

Susan Seaforth Hayes – the second longest-serving actor on the program – is the only cast member to appear on Days of Our Lives in all six decades it has been on the air, having made her first appearance in December 1968 as a recast of original character Julie Olson. Due to the series' success, Days was expanded from 30 minutes to 60 minutes on April 21, 1975. Days of Our Lives is the most distributed soap opera in the United States, has been syndicated to many countries around the world in the years since its debut. Days of Our Lives aired its 10,000th episode on February 21, 2005, its 12,000th episode aired on January 11, 2013; the soap was given the title of most daring drama in the seventies due to covering topics other soaps would not dare to cover. The show's executive producer is Ken Corday, co-executive producers are Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. In November 2019, the show entered a planned four-month production hiatus. Since the cancellation of Passions in 2007, Days of Our Lives has been the only soap opera running on NBC.

The show has been parodied by the sketch comedy series SCTV and the sitcom Friends, with some cast members making crossover appearances on the show, including Kristian Alfonso, Roark Critchlow, Matthew Ashford, Kyle Lowder and Alison Sweeney. The show has had high-profile fans such as actress Julia Roberts and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall; the Cordays and Bell combined the "hospital soap" idea with the tradition of centering a series on a family, by making the show about a family of doctors, including one who worked in a mental hospital. Storylines in the show follow the lives of middle- and upper-class professionals in Salem, a middle-America town, with the usual threads of love, marriage and family life, plus the medical story lines and character studies of individuals with psychological problems. Former executive producer Al Rabin took pride in the characters' passion, saying that the characters were not shy about "sharing what's in their gut."Critics praised the show for its non-reliance on nostalgia and its portrayal of "real American contemporary families."

By the 1970s, critics deemed Days of Our Lives to be the most daring daytime drama, leading the way in using themes other shows of the period would not dare touch, such as artificial insemination and interracial romance. The January 12, 1976, cover of Time magazine featured Days of Our Lives' Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the only daytime actors to appear on its cover; the Hayeses themselves were a couple whose on-screen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press. In the 1990s, the show branched out into supernatural story lines, which critics panned, as it was seen as a departure from more realistic storylines for which the show had become known. However, these storylines did have the desired effect, making Days of Our Lives the most-watched daytime soap among young and middle-aged women becoming one of NBC's five most profitable shows in any time slot. In 2006, when asked about his character, Jack Deveraux, "coming back from the dead"—for the third time—actor Matthew Ashford responded, "It is hard to play that because at a certain point it becomes too unreal...actors look at that and think,'What is this — the Cartoon Network'?"

In addition to receiving critical acclaim in print journalism, the series has won a number of awards, including a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama in 1978 and 2013 and a Writers Guild of America, East Award for Best Drama in 2000 and 2013. Days of Our lives actors have won awards: Macdonald Carey won Best Actor in 1974 and 1975. Susan Flannery and Eileen Davidson won Best Actress in 2014, respectively. Suzanne Rogers, Leann Hunley, Tamara Braun won Best Supporting

Fort Marcy Park

Fort Marcy Park is a public park located in unincorporated McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County. It is administered by the National Park Service as part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. At the end of the Civil War in 1865, the system of fortification which surrounded Washington, D. C. were dismantled. The lumber and other materials were sold at the land returned to pre-war owners. Fort Marcy is 1/2 mile south of the Potomac River on the south side of the Chain Bridge Road leading from Chain Bridge to Langley and McLean, Virginia; the perimeter of the fort is 338 feet. When completed, the fort mounted a 10-inch mortar and two 24-pound Coehorn mortars; the batteries were aimed toward the west. The hill on which the fort is located was known as Prospect Hill; the fort was called Fort Baldy Smith, after General William Farrar Smith, the troops of whose division began construction of the work. His division crossed Chain Bridge on the night of September 24, 1861, commenced construction of Fort Marcy and Fort Ethan Allen.

The 79th New York Highlanders, the 141st Pennsylvania and the Iron Brigade helped complete the work in the fall of 1862. A force of about 500 contrabands were employed and the 152nd New York worked on the entrenchments, which incidentally are still in a good state of preservation; the site of Fort Marcy is near the location where the famous but bloodless duel between Henry Clay and John Randolph was fought in 1826. The fort was not completed until the fall of 1862, it is a undisturbed fort and was named in honor of a native of Massachusetts, Randolph B. Marcy, a distinguished soldier, father-in-law, chief of staff to General George B. McClellan. Detachments of the 4th New York and 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery and the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry were among the troops that performed garrison duty here during the war. An interesting incident of history is that the body of troops which afterwards became famous as the "Iron Brigade" was originated at this fort in the summer of 1861, was composed of the 19th Indiana, the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Regiments.

The 24th Michigan was added to the brigade soon after the Battle of South Mountain. These units remained together until the close of the war; the park is best known in recent history for being the place where the body of former deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster was found following his death on July 20, 1993. Fort Marcy Park at the National Park Service website

Assassing

"Assassing" is a song by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. It was the second single from Fugazi; the single reached no. 22 on the UK singles charts in May 1984. The 7" single's title track is a edited version of the first track on Fugazi, with a length of 03:39 as opposed to the album version with 07:01; the B-side is the non-album track "Cinderella Search". The lyrics of the song, which feature a narrator-character describing himself as an assassin, appear to concern character assassination; the lyrics are full of metaphors alluding to verbal fighting, for example, "unsheath the blade within the voice." The lyrics are interpreted as a reference to the verbal arguments that preceded band founder and drummer Mick Pointer's departure from the band. The international 12" version contains both the full album version and the edited version of the title track; the b-side appears in a longer version. As with all Marillion albums and singles of the Fish period, the cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson.

A CD replica of the single was part of a collectors box-set released in July 2000 which contained Marillion's first twelve singles and was re-issued as a 3-CD set in 2009. "Assassing" – 3:39 "Cinderella Search" – 4:19 "Assassing" – 7:01 "Cinderella Search" – 5:24 "Assassing" – 3:38 Fish – vocals Steve Rothery - guitars Mark Kelly - keyboards Pete Trewavas - bass Ian Mosley - drums