Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

overplay

Definition:(verb) Exaggerate one's acting.
Synonyms:ham
Usage: The audience groaned as the actor overplayed his grief, beating his chest and wailing to the heavens.
Article of the Day

St. Gregory of Nyssa

Born around 330 CE in what is now Turkey, St. Gregory was a professor of rhetoric, a priest and bishop, and a defender of orthodoxy. He was prominent in the First Council of Constantinople and became a leading defender of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. His most important theological writing was his Oratio catechetica, a classic outline of Orthodox theology, but a handful of his letters also survive. Which of St. Gregory's relatives are also saints? More...
This Day in History

Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode (1954)

In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. What happened when the senator accepted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vita Sackville-West (1892)

Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf, which inspired which of Woolf's novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Idiom of the Day

not have a hope in hell (of doing something)

To not have any chance at all of doing or achieving something. More...
Today's Holiday

Baron Bliss Day (2017)

Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest. More...
In the News

Kony's Crimes in Spotlight after Video Goes Viral

A testament to the power of social media, a new video from the advocacy group Invisible Children on the atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa has gone viral, triggering the publication of hundreds of articles by mainstream news outlets and drawing the attention of tens of millions around the globe. Since 1986, Kony's LRA has allegedly abducted some 30,000 children, forcing them to become child soldiers and sex workers. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court but has evaded capture. With its Kony 2012 campaign, Invisible Children hopes to raise awareness of the issue and finally bring Kony to justice. More...
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