Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 31, 2014)
Word of the Day

situated

Definition:(adjective) Having a place or location.
Synonyms:located, placed, set
Usage: This vast region is situated between the fifteenth and tenth degrees of north latitude.
Article of the Day

Lidice

During World War II, Reinhard Heydrich—deputy chief of the Gestapo—became known as "the Hangman of Europe" for his mass executions. Czechoslovak patriots sought to end to his reign of terror by rolling a grenade under his car in May 1942, and he died of an infection from his injuries a week later. The Gestapo retaliated by demolishing the Czech village of Lidice. They executed its male population of about 200 and deported all women and children to concentration camps. Why did they choose Lidice? More...
This Day in History

United States Launches Explorer I (1958)

Explorer I was the first American satellite. It was launched four months after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was put into orbit by the Soviet Union, beginning the so-called space race. Although it carried a number of instruments, Explorer I was relatively small, weighing just 30 lbs (13 kg). It stopped transmission of data later in 1958, when its batteries died, but remained in orbit for more than 12 years. Where did it make its fiery reentry? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (1919)

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on and off the field, Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number in 1997. How many times did he "steal home" during his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

house poor

Having the majority of one's income going towards the high costs of one's home, such as mortgage or rent, property tax, utilities, etc., leaving very little money remaining for other expenditures. More...
Today's Holiday

Up-Helly-Aa (2017)

This ancient fire festival is observed by people of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. In pre-Christian times, their Norse ancestors welcomed the return of the sun god with Yule, a 24-day period of feasting, storytelling, and bonfires. The last night of the festival was called Up-Helly-Aa, or "End of the Holy Days." Today, a group known as the Guizers builds a 31-foot model of a Viking longship in honor of the Viking invaders who remained in Scotland. On the night of Up-Helly-Aa, the Guizers dress in Norse costumes and carry the boat to an open field. There, they throw lit torches into the ship and burn it. More...
In the News

Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

American National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden could join the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, and numerous others as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He was nominated as a candidate by two Norwegian members of parliament who contend that Snowden's release of classified US documents will make the world a safer, more peaceful place—a controversial position to be sure. The winner of this year's prize will be announced in October. More...
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