Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

destitute

Definition:(adjective) Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
Synonyms:impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
Usage: Though they were poor and destitute, they refused to ask others for help or charity.
Article of the Day

Route 66

Also known as the "The Main Street of America," Route 66 was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois, in a south-westerly direction to Los Angeles, California, for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km). It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. More direct routes and increasingly sophisticated engineering techniques led to its being decommissioned in what year? More...
This Day in History

Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In an nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka (2017)

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More...
In the News

New Pictures of Dwarf Planet Ceres, which Could Hold Alien Life

The closest pictures ever taken of the dwarf planet Ceres show that its surface is so peppered with crater marks that it looks like a giant golf ball. Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is being observed by the ... More...
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