Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

impede

Definition:(verb) Be a hindrance or obstacle to.
Synonyms:hinder
Usage: By questioning every proposal, she is impeding the progress of our project.
Article of the Day

The Aswan High Dam

Located near Aswan, Egypt, the Aswan High Dam regulates the Nile River's annual flooding and produces a great deal of hydroelectric power. Constructed from 1960 to 1970, it was financed largely by the Soviet Union after the US and Britain withdrew their financial support in 1956 due to differences with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The dam's creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of some 90,000 people. What else had to be relocated? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Antietam (1862)

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac River to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was met by Union General George McClellan. The resulting Battle of Antietam, fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a total of 23,000 casualties. It was a Union victory only in the sense that Lee's invasion was stopped. McClellan was later removed from command and was faulted for failing to act on what crucial opportunity? More...
Today's Birthday

William Carlos Williams (1883)

Trained as a pediatrician, Williams wrote poetry and practiced medicine in his New Jersey hometown. Regarded as one of the most original American poets of the 20th century, he closely observed American life and recorded his impressions in a lucid style. His poems, such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This Is Just To Say," are noted for making the ordinary appear extraordinary. Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for what volume of poetry? More...
Quotation of the Day
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.

O Henry (1862-1910)

Idiom of the Day

leave (something) out of account

To ignore something; to pay little or no heed to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution and Citizenship Day (2017)

A number of states and cities hold special exercises on September 17 to focus attention on the rights and obligations of citizenship. Schools make a special effort to acquaint their students with the history and importance of the Constitution. Naturalization ceremonies, re-creations of the signing of the Constitution, and parades are other popular ways of celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day. Several states observe the entire week in which this day occurs as Constitution Week. More...
In the News

$1 Billion Needed to Fight Ebola

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still uncontained, the UN is increasing its calls for funding in the fight against the epidemic from $100 million just a month ago to $1 billion today. This health crisis, the World Health Organization's assistant director-general says, is "unparalleled in modern times," with thousands infected thus far and the number of cases projected to double every three weeks if containment efforts are not stepped up. According to the president of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, the response to the outbreak has been insufficient thus far and the window of opportunity to contain the outbreak is closing. More...
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