Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

palmist

Definition:(noun) Fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms.
Synonyms:chiromancer
Usage: The palmist's dire predictions weighed heavily on Sally.
Article of the Day

Gaeltachts

Irish Gaelic was made an official language of Ireland in 1921. Although hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens and people of Irish descent have some competence in Irish Gaelic, it is a true community language only for a small number of people on Ireland's western coast in what are called Gaeltachts—an Irish Gaelic term for regions in Ireland where it is spoken as a native language. In what ways has the government attempted to revive Gaelic as the primary language of the country? More...
This Day in History

Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation. It began when Zulu king Cetshwayo, determined to resist European advances, rejected British demands to disband his troops. The British attacked, and Cetshwayo routed them at Isandlwana with a disciplined army of 40,000. However, his forces were utterly defeated at Ulundi, with 1,500 Zulus, compared to 13 Britons, killed in the final battle. The British then burned the town. What became of Cetshwayo? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Hamilton (1755?)

Pictured on the US $10 bill, Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first secretary of the treasury. Differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson led to the rise of political parties, with Hamilton heading the Federalist Party and Madison and Jefferson leading the Democratic-Republican Party. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and though Hamilton opposed the practice and had even lost a son in a duel, he agreed and was mortally wounded. Why did Burr challenge him? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are strings … in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

put a gun to (someone's) head

To force someone to do something he or she does not want to do, especially by the use of threats or intimidation (not necessarily with an actual gun). More...
Today's Holiday

Albania Republic Day (2017)

Republic Day was a national holiday in Albania, also known as Anniversary Day, which commemorated the founding of the Communist government on January 11, 1946, until April 15, 1991, when the first Parliament since the fall of the Soviet Union convened. More...
In the News

US Cancer Death Rates Falling

Improved cancer prevention methods, screening processes, and treatments are largely responsible for the steadily declining cancer death rates observed in the US over the past few years. Between 2004 and 2008, cancer death rates dropped by 1.8 percent a year in men and 1.6 percent a year in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than a million cancer deaths have been prevented since the early 1990s. Still, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and about 580,000 people will die from cancer in the US this year. More...
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