Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

conflagration

Definition:(noun) A very intense and uncontrolled fire.
Synonyms:inferno
Usage: All the stock was destroyed in a warehouse conflagration.
Article of the Day

The Second Bank of the United States

The Second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816, just five years after First Bank of the United States lost its charter. It had numerous branches around the country and a close relationship with the US government—until 1833. That year, US President Andrew Jackson refused to renew the bank's charter on the grounds that it concentrated too much economic power in the hands of a small, moneyed elite beyond the public's control. What happened to its headquarters in Philadelphia? More...
This Day in History

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)

A celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelle Harper Lee (1926)

The daughter of an Alabama lawyer, Lee studied law before publishing her first and only novel in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, immediately found national acclaim. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted for film the next year. Though her novel is still widely read, Lee has largely stayed out of the spotlight. What did she write in response to a school board's decision to ban her novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us have done with vain regrets and longings for the days that never will be ours again. Our work lies in front, not behind us; and "Forward!" is our motto.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

in order that

So that; with the particular aim or purpose of. More...
Today's Holiday

Penn Relay Carnival (2017)

The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field event in the United States. The first relay meet held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia was on April 21, 1895, but even back then the tents and atmosphere contributed to its reputation as a carnival rather than just a series of races. Since that time, the Penn Relays have served as a springboard for athletes who later went on to win Olympic medals. It is also a breeding ground for rising track and field stars, with more than 700 high school teams and 180 college teams participating. More...
In the News

New Light Promises to Cut Electricity Use

Electronics company Philips claims to have developed "the world's most energy efficient" LED tube light. The light emits 200 lumens per watt (200lm/W), twice as much as equivalent strip lighting. Replacing the fluorescent tube lighting used in offices and industrial buildings in the US with this LED light could cut annual energy costs by $12 billion and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 million metric tonnes each year. Philips plans to put the product on the market in 2015. More...
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