Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

high-toned

Definition:(adjective) Pretentiously elegant.
Synonyms:high-class
Usage: She felt awkward and out of place in the high-toned restaurant, with its elegant décor and elite clientele.
Article of the Day

Faith Healing

Faith healing refers to the belief that an illness or disability can be cured by divine power, without the use of traditional medicine. In ancient Greece, temples honoring the god of medicine, Asclepius, were built near springs with healing waters. In Christianity, support for faith healing is based on the cures wrought by Jesus, and certain places, such as Lourdes, France, are believed to effect cures among some believers. How has the issue of faith healing affected US legislation? More...
This Day in History

The Henley Regatta Is Established in England (1839)

Until 1839, the little town of Henley-on-Thames was known primarily as a glass-producing port town. During a town hall meeting that year, Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed holding a regatta, since the growing popularity of rowing could benefit the town. Today, the rowing competition is a world-class competition that draws oarsmen from around the world for five days each summer, with thousands of spectators taking part in its traditions. How did it officially become a "royal" regatta in 1851? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794)

Schnorr was a German religious and historical painter and draftsman. As a child, he studied under his father, who was an engraver and painter. In 1817, he went to Rome, where he became associated with the Nazarene movement of painters, who rejected most painting after the Middle Ages and focused primarily on religious subjects for their art. Schnorr is best known for the hundreds of illustrations he created for a pictorial Bible. He also designed the windows of what famous London cathedral? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

be here to stay

To become permanent or firmly established; to be a normal part of everyday life, especially after once being abnormal or unusual. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of independence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan, and was governed together with West Pakistan as one country. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan led to war. When India entered the war in November, independence was assured. Bangladeshis observe this national holiday in the capital city of Dhaka with memorial ceremonies, a boat race on the Buriganga river, and other festivities. More...
In the News

Stone Tools Suggest Earlier Humans Settled America

An archaeological site near Austin, Texas, has yielded stone artifacts that indicate that humans may have arrived in North America as much as 2,500 years earlier than previously thought. Thousands of artifacts dating to between 13,200 and 15,500 years ago were uncovered five feet below materials left by the well-known Clovis culture, whose people were once regarded as the firs t human inhabitants of the Americas. Included among the 15,528 artifacts recovered were 56 tools such as blades, scrapers, and choppers. More...
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