Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

incumbency

Definition:(noun) The term during which some position is held.
Synonyms:tenure, term of office
Usage: During his incumbency, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the New Deal to counter the Great Depression.
Article of the Day

Marvin Heemeyer's "Killdozer"

In 2004, Heemeyer, a muffler repair shop owner, went on a rampage following a feud with city officials in Granby, Colorado. His vendetta stemmed from a zoning dispute involving a concrete factory constructed near his shop that he believed caused his business to fail. Heemeyer, who was a welder, armored a bulldozer—later dubbed the "Killdozer"—with layers of steel and concrete and used it to demolish the town hall, a former judge's home, and other buildings in Granby. How did his rampage end? More...
This Day in History

Liberian President William R. Tolbert Is Killed in Military Coup (1980)

Liberia was founded in the 1820s by former slaves from the US, and tensions between the Americo-Liberian minority and the indigenous majority have persisted since that time. On April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers led by Samuel Kanyon Doe stormed the executive mansion, killing Americo-Liberian President William R. Tolbert and 27 other government leaders. Doe, a member of the ethnic Krahn tribe, then declared himself president. How had a rice scandal seriously undermined Tolbert? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (1940)

Hancock is a jazz and funk pianist, composer, and bandleader who emerged as part of Miles Davis's group in the mid-1960s. An early adopter of electronic instruments, he became involved with funk and disco in the 70s, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, such as that of Wynton Marsalis. He won an Academy Award for his original score of the 1986 film 'Round Midnight and has won 14 Grammys, including "Album of the Year" for a work that paid tribute to what fellow musician? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

when pigs can fly

At a time that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) More...
Today's Holiday

Cosmonauts Day (2017)

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel in outer space. April 12th was declared Cosmonauts Day in Gagarin's honor. Official ceremonies on this day begin in the Moscow suburb of Korolyov, well known as the center of Russian rocket production, where officials and former cosmonauts lay flowers at a statue of Gagarin. The general public celebrates the day in a less formal manner: some place flowers at statues of Gagarin in various cities, while others attend space-themed art and film exhibitions. More...
In the News

Fiftieth Anniversary of First Manned Spaceflight

Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin made his historic 108-minute flight aboard Vostok 1, becoming the first human to travel into space as well as the first to orbit the Earth. At the time, many experts feared that weightlessness would cause a person to go mad, but Gagarin's safe return proved these fears to be unfounded. The success of this flight may be said to have opened the modern era of man in space: twenty-three days after Gagarin's voyage, American astronaut Alan Shepard became the second man in space, and by the end of the decade, men had reached the Moon. More...
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