Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

indignation

Definition:(noun) Strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
Synonyms:outrage
Usage: I could hardly contain my indignation at his disparaging comments.
Article of the Day

Phillis Wheatley

Captured and brought from Africa to the US in 1761, Wheatley became a house slave for John Wheatley and his wife Susana, who, recognizing Wheatley's intelligence and wit, educated her in English and Latin and encouraged her talent, allowing her to study. As a teen, she began writing poetry modeled on Alexander Pope, and her work was published in the collection Poems on Various Subjects. She is considered the first important African-American writer in the US. Why was she named Phillis? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When did he receive the Nobel Prize in Physics? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Independence Day (2017)

Malta Independence Day is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on this day in 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war. Self-rule was revoked in 1959 and restored again in 1962, and independence was finally granted in 1964. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More...
In the News

French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

By a vote of 196 to 146, France's Senate voted to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that such contests promote the hypersexualization of minors. The measure will now be brought before the National Assembly, which must also pass it for it to become law. If the ban is adopted, those who organize pageants for children under 16 would face significant jail time and hefty fines. More...
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