Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

legerity

Definition:(noun) The gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble.
Synonyms:agility, lightsomeness
Usage: Common house cats have an extraordinary legerity that enables them to almost always land on their feet.
Article of the Day

Les Nabis

Les Nabis began as a rebellious group of students at Rodolphe Julian's private art school in Paris in the late 19th century. Taking their name from the Hebrew word for "prophet," these artists rejected the naturalism of the impressionists and developed a style of decorative art—using boldly juxtaposed but muted colors—that paved the way for the 20th-century abstract movement. They also embraced formats like printmaking and coined their own private language. How did they sign letters? 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
It's worth a fellow's while to be born into the world, if only to fall right asleep.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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

Economy Taking Toll on Bankers Too

The global economic crisis has affected people from all walks of life, including those in the one sector that has been most widely blamed for our recent woes—the banking industry. Like many, bank workers face the real possibility of job loss—hundreds of thousands of finance jobs have been eliminated in recent years—yet instead of being regarded with sympathy, they are often the targets of anger and blame. This combination of job stress and societal stigma appears to be taking a toll. Over the past two years, members of more than 80% of banking and insurance unions in 26 countries have reportedly suffered from deteriorating health. More...
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