Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

sensibility

Definition:(noun) Mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness.
Synonyms:aesthesia
Usage: After nine months in a coma, the patient began to exhibit sensibility.
Article of the Day

Marionettes

A marionette is a small puppet manipulated by an unseen operator who usually speaks the dialogue during a performance. Marionettes were known in Greece in 5 BCE and were the most popular form of entertainment in Europe in the Middle Ages. Marionette shows flourished in England after theaters were outlawed by Puritans, and great writers and composers like Goethe and Mozart wrote for them. What is "supermarionation"? More...
This Day in History

Peace Corps Established (1961)

In his inaugural address, US President John F. Kennedy famously tasked Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Months later, he gave them the opportunity. Kennedy created the Peace Corps to promote diplomacy and counter foreign stereotypes of Americans by sending skilled volunteers to serve abroad, and since 1961, more than 200,000 people have served in nearly 140 countries. What postcard sparked a controversy in the program's first year? More...
Today's Birthday

Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin's innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? More...
Quotation of the Day
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day (2018)

In 1954, the United States detonated Bravo, the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever tested by the United States, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Many of the people exposed to the fallout radiation began to experience nausea, vomiting, and itching skin and eyes. Those who were most heavily exposed suffered skin burns and later hair loss. On Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day, Marshallese people from the four atolls that were affected by the bomb and fallout gather to pray and commemorate those who were killed during the bomb testing. More...
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