Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

vendue

Definition:(noun) The public sale of something to the highest bidder.
Synonyms:auction
Usage: Most of George's possessions will be sold at vendue to help settle his sizable debts.
Article of the Day

The Mistel

Toward the end of World War II, the German Luftwaffe introduced a new weaponry scheme that consisted of two airplanes attached to each other. Called the Mistel, it featured a crewless bomber packed full of explosives and mounted below a manned fighter plane. The fighter would drop or steer the entire bomber onto a target, then return alone. It was largely ineffective. In one instance, Mistel pilots who claimed to have made a successful hit may have actually done what instead? More...
This Day in History

First Anglo-Japanese Alliance Signed in London, England (1902)

The First Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed to protect the respective interests of Britain and Japan in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan by discouraging France from entering the Russo-Japanese War on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to join the Allies in World War I. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China. What were the cultural effects of the alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Hazzard is an Australian novelist and short-story writer who has lived in the US since 1951. She and her husband, writer Francis Steegmuller, were both frequent contributors to The New Yorker magazine. Noted for her lyrical style, she achieved early success with her first story collection, Cliffs of Fall. Her 1980 novel, The Transit of Venus, brought her literary acclaim and a greatly expanded readership. Hazzard did not publish her next novel until 2003. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

house cooling party

A party thrown to commemorate when someone leaves an apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Duarte Day (2017)

The Monday closest to the birthday of national hero Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-76) is an official day of remembrance in the Dominican Republic. Duarte organized La Trinitaria in 1838, a secret resistance group whose efforts against the Haitian occupiers culminated in the Dominican Republic's declaration of independence in 1844. Dominicans honor Duarte Day with public fiestas in major towns throughout the country. The stateliest ceremony takes place in Independence Park in Santo Domingo, which features Altar de la Patria (the nation's altar), a mausoleum to the nation's heroes. More...
In the News

Continued Instability in Egypt Could Lead to Collapse

It has been two years since the start of the revolution that toppled the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and about six months since the newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, took office, but political unrest continues to destabilize the country. Recently, the chief of Egypt's armed forces went so far as to say that the current political crisis "could lead to a collapse of the state." His comment came after days of violent protests erupted again in cities across the country, claiming the lives of more than 50 people and prompting Morsi to deploy troops to three cities along the Suez Canal where he has declared a state of emergency. More...
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