Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

embrasure

Definition:(noun) An opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through.
Synonyms:porthole
Usage: As they passed over the drawbridge, Alleyne marked the gleam of arms in the embrasures to right and left.
Article of the Day

Fritz Joubert Duquesne

Said to have been handsome, charming, and fluent in several languages, Duquesne was a South African Boer who led a life of intrigue. He was a secret agent, military officer, big game hunter, saboteur, and journalist. Imprisoned on numerous occasions, he narrowly avoided execution by firing squad and once escaped from prison by feigning paralysis. While spying for Germany, he and 32 others were arrested in the FBI's 1941 takedown of the Duquesne Spy Ring. Who is he suspected of assassinating? More...
This Day in History

Black Monday: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls 508 Points (1987)

On what is known in the financial world as Black Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points, nearly 23%—the largest drop since 1914. Although the cause of the crash is still debated, its result was immediately apparent: it sent the value of markets plummeting worldwide. By the end of the month, markets in Hong Kong and Australia had lost over 40%. That December, a group of eminent economists predicted that the next few years could be the worst since the Great Depression. Were they? More...
Today's Birthday

John McLoughlin (1784)

A Canadian doctor and fur trader, McLoughlin became administrator of the far western region of England's Hudson's Bay Company in the 1820s. In spite of the strained relations between Britain and the US, "the Father of Oregon" offered help to American settlers in the disputed territory. After an 1846 treaty established the US-Canadian border farther north than he had hoped, he claimed a large tract of land whose ownership he disputed with the US until his death. Who was he accused of murdering? More...
Quotation of the Day
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

likely story

An exclamation of distrust or disbelief in someone's explanation or story. More...
Today's Holiday

Yorktown Day (2017)

On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington's Allied troops at Yorktown, Virginia. The Battle of Yorktown is widely considered to mark the end of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown Day activities held at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown include a commemorative placing of a wreath at the French Monument and the Monument to Alliance and Victory. There are also 18th-century tactical demonstrations, a parade of military and civilian units, and musical presentations by fife and drum units. More...
In the News

Cardboard Bike Being Rolled Out

Since their invention, bicycles have been made lighter, more efficient, and more affordable. Yet, if one is to believe inventor Izhar Gafni, more can—and soon will—be done. Within months, mass production will begin on his lightweight, inexpensive, environmentally friendly cardboard bike. Though it sounds flimsy, the bicycle can supposedly support riders weighing up to 485 lb (220 kg). In addition, an organic waterproofing and fireproofing treatment ensures that the product will not simply melt in the rain or burst into flames if a cigarette butt is carelessly tossed its way. The bike could sell for as little as $20. More...
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