Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

hebdomadal

Definition:(adjective) Of or occurring every seven days.
Synonyms:weekly
Usage: A little solace came at tea-time, in the shape of a double ration of bread...with the delicious addition of a thin scrape of butter: it was the hebdomadal treat to which we all looked forward from Sabbath to Sabbath.
Article of the Day

The Anchor

An anchor is a device cast overboard to secure a ship, boat, or other floating object by means of weight, friction, or hooks called flukes. In ancient times, anchors were often merely large stones, bags or baskets of stones, bags of sand, or, as with the Egyptians, lead-weighted logs. The Greeks are credited with the first use of iron anchors, while the Romans had metal devices with arms similar to modern anchors. What anchoring technique is used in "ultimate storm" conditions? More...
This Day in History

Elvis Presley Inducted into the US Army (1958)

Though World War II ended in 1945, military conscription in the US continued in peacetime, and in 1957, the 22-year-old "King of Rock and Roll" was drafted for a two-year stint in the army. Despite concerns about his career, Presley did not try to avoid service and was inducted into the army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, in a ceremony mobbed by photographers. Five months later, and just a month before he was shipped out to Germany, Presley was granted a short emergency leave for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (1930)

After a tumultuous childhood, reform school, and a stint in the US Marines, McQueen studied acting in New York, earning money on the weekends by racing motorcycles. He gained attention on Broadway and went on to star as a cool, stoic loner in many films, including The Great Escape and Papillon. In Bullitt's famous car chase scene, he even did some of the stunt driving. When he was 18 years old, McQueen saved the lives of five fellow Marines in the Arctic. How? More...
Quotation of the Day
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

go to hell in a handcart

To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2017)

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24. More...
In the News

Screen Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday at the age of 79. Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful women, Taylor was one of the most glamorous stars of the 1950s and 1960s. Her turbulent personal life, which included eight marriages to seven different men and a battle with alcohol addiction, often made headlines. In the 1980s, she became an outspoken AIDS activist and helped raise tens of millions of dollars to fight the disease. She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. More...
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