Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

summerhouse

Definition:(noun) A small, roofed structure in a park or garden affording shade and rest.
Synonyms:gazebo
Usage: George decided that the summerhouse, open to the sights, smells, and sounds of the garden that Anna adored, would be the perfect place to ask for her hand in marriage.
Article of the Day

The Secret Speech

After Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, Nikita Krushchev emerged from a bitter power struggle as the Communist party's first secretary. At the party's Twentieth Congress in 1956, he delivered a "secret speech," "On the Personality Cult and its Consequences," harshly denouncing Stalin and his policies. The program of de-Stalinization, which had already begun, was thus supported and continued by Khrushchev. When was the full text of this "secret speech" finally officially released to the public? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Bismarck Sea Begins (1943)

This battle was an unparalleled victory for Allied air power in WWII. During the engagement, Allied planes attacked and nearly obliterated a Japanese convoy transporting thousands of troops to New Guinea. The Japanese loss of critical reinforcements and supplies changed the course of the Pacific War. The Allies were later criticized for strafing Japanese survivors, reportedly in retaliation for Japanese actions earlier in the battle. What new bombing technique did the Allies use in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Houston (1793)

Houston was an American statesman whose political future was seemingly derailed after his wife left him in 1829. He resigned the governorship of Tennessee, began drinking heavily, and went to live with the Cherokee. Later, he joined the Texas Revolution and became commander of the revolutionary forces. He led them to victory and was elected president of the new Republic of Texas. After Texas joined the US, he served the state first as a senator and then as governor. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be hit for six

To be upset or overwhelmed, especially suddenly or unexpectedly. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Ethiopia Victory of Adwa Commemoration Day (2017)

Ethiopia is an African country that successfully shook off European domination for centuries. One pivotal moment of resistance was the Ethiopian army's historic victory, led by Emperor Menelik II, over invading Italian troops in the Battle of Adwa, a two-day battle that ended on March 2. Festivities take place on its anniversary throughout the country, with official ceremonies in the capital, Addis Ababa, and Adwa, the market town located near the battle site. People will also leave wreaths at the Menelik Monument, which commemorates the victory led by the Ethiopian emperor. More...
In the News

US Pediatricians Support Tanning Ban for Minors

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that laws be enacted banning minors from going to tanning salons. Research indicates that people who start going to tanning salons before age 35 have a 75% increase in their chances of developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma. Members of the tanning industry say that the decision of whether or not to allow children to tan should be left to parents and not to the government. Proponents of the ban say that, as with cigarettes and alcohol, such legislation would protect youngsters from doing something that could be damaging to their health. More...
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