Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

cantabile

Definition:(adjective) In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style.
Synonyms:singing
Usage: The last part of the movement, a sweet, cantabile passage, resonated with the young audience.
Article of the Day

Bananas

Bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat, and maize in human food consumption. They are grown in 130 countries worldwide, more than any other fruit crop. In popular culture and commerce, "banana" usually refers to the soft, sweet "dessert" bananas that are usually eaten raw. The bananas from a group of cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit, generally used in cooking rather than eaten raw, are typically known as what? More...
This Day in History

Benito Mussolini Founds the Fasci di Combattimento (1919)

In the troubled period following WWI, Mussolini organized his followers, mostly veterans, into a paramilitary organization that promoted aggressive nationalism and violently opposed communism and socialism. Amid strikes, unrest, and governmental failure, Mussolini advocated the use of force to restore order. In 1921, his Fasci di Combattimento became the Fascist Party, planting the seeds for the regime that would rule Italy for nearly 20 years. What title did Mussolini choose for himself? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Anjou (1430)

Margaret was queen consort of King Henry VI of England and ruled during her husband's frequent bouts of mental illness. With the king insane and childless, Richard, duke of York, was poised to inherit the throne. However, in 1453, Margaret gave birth to a son. The convoluted struggle over who would be king resulted in the War of the Roses, which, by 1471, had left most of those involved dead—except for Margaret. In May of that year, she led an army at the battle of Tewkesbury. Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man's worst ill is stubbornness of heart.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2017)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
In the News

WHO Urges Mass Vaccination Against Other Diseases in Ebola Areas

The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunisations. The Ebola epidemic ... More...
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