Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 4, 2013)
Word of the Day

hideaway

Definition:(noun) An area where you can be alone.
Synonyms:retreat
Usage: During the summers, we leave the city behind and get some much-needed rest and relaxation at our secluded mountain hideaway.
Article of the Day

Trench Warfare

Although trenches were used in ancient and medieval warfare, they are mainly associated with WWI. Because the introduction of rapid-firing artillery made the infantry charges of earlier wars virtually impossible, opposing sides attacked and defended from sets of trenches dug into the ground in zigzag patterns. The advent of mechanized warfare made it possible to circumvent these defenses, however, and trench warfare was little used in WWII. In what more recent wars was it nevertheless employed? More...
This Day in History

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Is Assassinated (1995)

Rabin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in the historic Oslo Accords—widely considered a major milestone in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—but not everyone supported the treaty, which stipulated that Israel would withdraw from certain contested Palestinian territories. Following a Tel Aviv peace rally, Rabin was shot and killed by Yigal Amir, an extremist Israeli law student who opposed Rabin's peace efforts. What Jewish law did Amir claim justified the assassination? More...
Today's Birthday

Carlos Polestico Garcia (1896)

After graduating from law school, Garcia became a schoolteacher, poet, and public official in his native Philippines. Elected vice president in 1953, he became president upon his predecessor's unexpected death in 1957. Though he maintained ties with the US, he was known for his "Filipino First" policy, which emphasized the sovereignty and economic interests of the Filipino people over those of outsiders. He retired from public life in 1961. However, in 1971, he died just days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

glimmer of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. More...
Today's Holiday

Kartika Purnima (2017)

Hindus celebrate Kartika Purnima in honor of the day when God incarnated himself as the Matsya Avatar in fish form. According to Hindu mythology, the purpose of this incarnation was to save Vavaswata, the seventh Manu and progenitor of the human race, from destruction by a deluge. Bathing in the Ganges or in other holy water is considered to be of special religious significance. Hindus spend the day fasting, meditating, and performing charitable acts. It is also believed the Shankara killed the demon Tripurasura on this day, for which he is also called the Tripurari. More...
In the News

SARS Likely Started in Bats

Researchers believe the deadly SARS virus that emerged in China in 2002 and quickly spread around the globe, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 800 of them in just months, originated in bats. Two novel SARS-like coronaviruses that closely resemble the one responsible for the 2002-2003 outbreak have been identified in Chinese horseshoe bats. The way in which these newly identified pathogens infect bats is the same as the way they infect human cells, suggesting that coronaviruses could be directly transferred from bats to people and that this is how the SARS epidemic began. More...
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