Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

escalate

Definition:(verb) To increase, enlarge, or intensify.
Synonyms:intensify, step up
Usage: Tensions escalated as the politicians refused to compromise.
Article of the Day

Tanglewood

Tanglewood is an estate and music venue in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is the home of the annual summer Tanglewood Music Festival and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. It has been the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home since 1937. Its summer school is one of the world's preeminent training grounds for composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and vocalists. The name "Tanglewood" pays homage to what American author who spent time in the region? More...
This Day in History

Court Martial of Benedict Arnold Begins (1779)

When Arnold was court-martialed in 1779, it was not for the treason that would later make his name synonymous with betrayal. The charges involved fiscal irregularities and were relatively minor. Though he was largely exonerated, the trial sullied his reputation. Despite having distinguished himself in various American military campaigns—he was wounded more than once—Arnold was subsequently passed over for promotion. Embittered, he hatched what plot to aid the British in the American Revolution? More...
Today's Birthday

James Hadley Billington (1929)

Billington is a US scholar and the 13th Librarian of Congress. He earned his PhD in 1953 as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, taught at Harvard and Princeton, and published several significant books on Russia. He served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1973 to 1987, when he became Librarian of Congress. There, he has fostered cooperation between libraries worldwide and encouraged the use of digital media. He has been decorated by what countries? More...
Quotation of the Day
I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(all) kidding aside

In all seriousness; being frank for a moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Brigham Young's Birthday (2017)

Often referred to as "the American Moses," Brigham Young led thousands of his religious followers across 1,000 miles of wilderness from their Illinois settlement to find refuge in what is now Salt Lake City, Utah. He became the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, whose members are also known as Mormons. The anniversary of Young's birth on June 1, 1801, is observed by Mormon churches worldwide, as is July 24, the date on which he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. More...
In the News

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Gatsby" House for Sale for $3.9 Million

Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, rented the home from October 1922 until April 1924. At the time, it was relatively modest, and Fitzgerald did his writing in a room over the garage. It was other houses around the bay that are said to have inspired the  ... More...
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