Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

magnanimous

Definition:(adjective) Courageously noble in mind and heart.
Synonyms:greathearted
Usage: Then he imagined how, after the attack, Bogdanich would come up to him as he lay wounded and would magnanimously extend the hand of reconciliation.
Article of the Day

Air Force One

Though often thought of as a specific airplane, Air Force One is the air traffic control call sign for any US Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The call sign was established for security purposes in 1953 after a commercial flight with the same call sign as the president's plane accidentally entered the same airspace. Any Air Force aircraft carrying the Vice President is called Air Force Two. What was the first presidential transport plane nicknamed? More...
This Day in History

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. Possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is notable for having left out something considered to be the backbone of earlier jazz composition—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. What was dubbed a "Mae West" during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

know every trick in the book

To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. More...
Today's Holiday

Gabon Independence Day (2017)

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More...
In the News

400-Year-Old Greenland Shark 'Longest-Living Vertebrate'

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks ... More...
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