Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

prattle

Definition:(verb) To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly.
Synonyms:blabber, piffle, gabble, prate
Usage: The group of tourists on the plane wouldn't stop talking, and I fell asleep listening to them prattle.
Article of the Day

Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler, an American financier, was John D. Rockefeller's business partner and a key figure in the development of Florida as a winter playground. After visiting the state in 1883 and seeing its inadequate transportation and hotel facilities, he worked to improve them. He bought up and consolidated several local railroads and organized the Florida East Coast Railway. He also established steamship lines, dredged the Miami harbor, and built palatial hotels. What accident contributed to his death? More...
This Day in History

Harry S. Truman Announces His Point Four Program (1949)

As the fourth point of his presidential inauguration address in 1949, Truman announced what became known as his Point Four Program—the US policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Such assistance, mainly in agriculture, public health, and education, was provided through contracts with US business and educational organizations. During the Cold War, the US government used Point Four to win support from uncommitted nations. Does the program still exist? More...
Today's Birthday

Federico Fellini (1920)

After collaborating on screenplays with Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s, Italian Federico Fellini turned from writing to directing films. His movies earned international acclaim, and a number of them won Academy Awards, including La Strada, 8 ½, and Amarcord. Filmed in color starting in 1965, his movies became a celebration of life, with its beauties and grotesqueries, as well as an exploration of Fellini's dream life. His wife starred in several of his films. Who was she? More...
Quotation of the Day
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

an honest mistake

A mistake made unintentionally or unknowingly and without the intention of causing harm; a mistake that anyone might have made in similar circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Inauguration Day (United States) (2017)

From 1789 until 1933, the day on which the newly elected president of the United States began his term of office was March 4. The day was changed to January 20 when the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1933. At noontime, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the president, who then delivers an Inaugural Address. This is followed by a colorful Inauguration Parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. More...
In the News

Missing British Spacecraft Found on Mars

Britain's long-lost Beagle 2 spacecraft—launched in 2003 to search for life on Mars—has been spotted on the red planet, more than 11 years after it was last heard from. Deemed a "heroic failure" when contact with it was lost on December 19, 2003, the craft has been observed in recent images from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to officials from the UK Space Agency, there is evidence that Beagle 2 landed on Mars as scheduled on Christmas Day 2003, but only partially deployed, likely due to a hard landing. More...
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