Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

panorama

Definition:(noun) An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area.
Synonyms:vista
Usage: The panorama from the summit, with glistening lakes and green forests in every direction, is unmatched in the east.
Article of the Day

The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The original library, destroyed in the reign of Edward VI, was replaced in 1602, chiefly through the efforts of Sir Thomas Bodley. The library has one of the great collections of English books, and its extensive manuscript collection is especially rich in biblical and Arabic material. Centuries of Oxford scholars have informally called it the what? 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
Thirst teaches all animals to drink, but drunkenness belongs only to man.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

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

Bees Can Experience False Memories, Scientists Say

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence of false memories in non-human animals. Using a classic Pavlovian experiment, co-authors Kathryn Hunt and Lars Chittka determined that bumblebees sometimes combine the details of past memories to ... More...
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