Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

bespoke

Definition:(adjective) (Of clothing) custom-made.
Synonyms:tailored, made-to-order
Usage: The cost of a bespoke suit is prohibitive, but if I am to interview for an executive position, I had better look the part.
Article of the Day

The Bar Kokhba Revolt

Initially, the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian was judicious. In Palestine, however, he proved himself ruthless. Around 130 CE, he began enforcing Romanizing policies among the Jews under his rule. With circumcision banned, Jews barred from Jerusalem, and a Roman temple being erected on the ruins of the Jewish one, the Jews revolted. Under the leadership of Simon Bar Kokhba, hailed by some as the Messiah, the Jews rebelled and established a sovereign state. How long did it survive? More...
This Day in History

Vauxhall Bridge Opens in London (1906)

Vauxhall Bridge is an arch bridge over the River Thames in central London. Despite its public garden and location, the Vauxhall area was sparsely populated before the 19th century, and a plan for a bridge there was hatched in 1809 to help develop the area. The resulting bridge was in terrible shape by the end of the century, however, and construction on a new, richly decorated, steel-and-granite replacement began in 1898. A major transport artery today, the bridge is adorned with what statues? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Jolson (1886)

Jolson was one of the most popular entertainers in the US in the 1930s. The son of a rabbi, he had planned to be a cantor but instead became a singer and comedian. By the age of 15, he was touring in vaudeville and minstrel shows. His 1909 blackface performance of "Mammy" was a hit, and he performed on Broadway and the radio. In 1927, he starred in the first feature-length "talkie," The Jazz Singer. How do scholars differ in their analysis of Jolson's use of blackface in his performances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

be on track

To progress or develop as planned, scheduled, or expected. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
In the News

80-Year-Old Man Becomes Oldest to Conquer Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer, Yuichiro Miura, has become the oldest person to summit Mount Everest, but he may not hold the title for long. Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was 76 when he conquered Everest in 2008 and is now 81, is expected to set out on his own summit attempt next week. For now, however, Miura is simply enjoying having reached his goal. Despite having had several heart operations, including one earlier this year, Miura was determined to conquer the mountain—for the third time. He first scaled the world's highest peak when he was 70, and he reached the top again when he was 75. More...
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