Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

manumit

Definition:(verb) Free from slavery or servitude.
Synonyms:emancipate
Usage: If I truly wanted to manumit the slave boy, I would have to buy his freedom.
Article of the Day

Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania is a semi-autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents in Copenhagen, Denmark. It dates to 1971, when hippies and squatters took over an area of recently abandoned military barracks and formed a commune there. In the liberal-minded community, meditation is paramount and both guns and cars are banned. Christiania is famous for its cannabis trade, which still thrives despite government attempts to stop it. What is the name of the main street where drugs are sold? More...
This Day in History

King Henry VIII of England Marries Sixth and Last Wife, Catherine Parr (1543)

By 1543, Henry VIII had had five marriages, which respectively ended in one divorce, one annulment, and three deaths—two by beheading. He then married Parr, his sixth and final wife. She had a good influence on the increasingly paranoid king—her third husband—and developed close friendships with his children, even acting as guardian of one of Henry's daughters after his death in 1547. Why, then, did Parr send her beloved stepdaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I, away the next year? More...
Today's Birthday

Oscar Hammerstein II (1895)

The grandson of an opera impresario of the same name, Hammerstein studied law before beginning the theater career that made him one of the foremost songwriters in the US. In the early 1940s, he began a prolific and successful collaboration with Richard Rodgers that resulted in plays like The King and I, The Sound of Music, and the Pulitzer Prize winners Oklahoma! and South Pacific. How did New York City honor Hammerstein following his death in August 1960? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theater unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get into it.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

(it's/there's) no use crying over spilt milk

It does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that has already come to pass and cannot be changed. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiribati Independence Day (2017)

This island group in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was known as the Gilbert Islands until its independence from Britain on July 12, 1979. Independence Day is observed as a national holiday. More...
In the News

Americans Living Longer but Not Better

Between 1990 and 2010, overall US life expectancy rose by three years, from 75.2 to 78.2, yet the medical system's ability to keep Americans healthy and enjoying a good quality of life has not kept pace. Despite the fact that the US spends more per capita on health care than any other country, it has lagged behind many other wealthy nations on numerous health measures. Lifestyle factors like poor diet and tobacco use likely play a role in this. More...
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