Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 01, 2016)
Word of the Day

sagacity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom
Synonyms:discernment, sagaciousness, judgment
Usage: Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.
Article of the Day

Abbas the Great

Shah Abbas I ascended the Persian throne in the late 16th century, after participating in the coup that deposed his father. Persian artistic achievement flourished during Abbas's reign. The empire's new capital, Isfahan, was transformed into one of the world's most beautiful cities and quickly became one of the most important cultural centers in the Islamic world. Abbas's rule was tarnished, however, by his cruelty to his family. What did he do to three of his sons? More...
This Day in History

The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed (1959)

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Alicia Markova (1910)

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing? More...
Quotation of the Day
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

kick (someone or something) to the curb

To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted. More...
Today's Holiday

Central African Republic Independence Day (2017)

On December 1, 1958, the region now known as Central African Republic became a republic within the French Community. The republic achieved independence from France on August 13, 1960. Both days are celebrated as national holidays. More...
In the News

This American Sparrow Could Be Gone in 50 Years, Say Conservationists

The saltmarsh sparrow could soon become the first bird to go extinct in the continental United States in more than eighty years, according to a new report from the Connecticut Audubon Society. The population of saltmarsh sparrows, which reside on the East Coast ... More...
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