Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

prattle

Definition:(verb) To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly.
Synonyms:blabber, piffle, gabble, prate
Usage: The group of tourists on the plane wouldn't stop talking, and I fell asleep listening to them prattle.
Article of the Day

Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler, an American financier, was John D. Rockefeller's business partner and a key figure in the development of Florida as a winter playground. After visiting the state in 1883 and seeing its inadequate transportation and hotel facilities, he worked to improve them. He bought up and consolidated several local railroads and organized the Florida East Coast Railway. He also established steamship lines, dredged the Miami harbor, and built palatial hotels. What accident contributed to his death? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Officials Decide on "The Final Solution" (1942)

In early 1942, Nazi officials held a conference at Lake Wannsee in Berlin to discuss what "final solution" would be used to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe. On paper, the plan called for gathering Jews into camps for deportation to work details in the East. The official record of the meeting does not mention killing but notes that the "evacuation" was to happen as soon as possible. Who later admitted that the actual conversation at the meeting differed significantly from the record? More...
Today's Birthday

George Burns (1896)

Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award and becoming well-known for his recurring film role as what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Today's Holiday

Azerbaijan Day of the Martyrs (2021)

On January 20, 1990, Soviet troops entered the Azerbaijan capital city of Baku to quell protests by Azerbaijani nationals, who were agitating for freedom from Soviet rule. Soviet soldiers were responsible for the deaths of 131 people, and the events have come to be known as "Black January." The national holiday on January 20 honors those who died at the hands of the Soviet troops. Flags are flown at half-mast across the country, and the tragedy is commemorated at Martyrs' Lane, where photographs of the victims decorate the tombstones and the president lays a wreath at the Eternal Fire. More...
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