Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

intercede

Definition:(verb) Act between parties with a view to reconciling differences.
Synonyms:arbitrate, liaise, mediate
Usage: When I saw my poor brother led away to imprisonment, I attempted to leap down into the Council Chamber, desiring to intercede on his behalf, or at least bid him farewell.
Article of the Day

Somersett's Case

The Abolition Act of 1833 may have abolished slavery in the British Empire, but the first step toward abolition was taken 60 years earlier in 1772, in a famous judgment known as Somersett's Case. In it, the Court of King's Bench held that without a law permitting slavery in England, courts could not uphold a slaveholder's claim to a slave. Although the decision did not state that slavery was illegal, it set a precedent that altered the course of slavery in England and abroad. Who was Somersett? More...
This Day in History

Turkmenistan Gains Independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

Following Turkmenistan's independence, the head of its Communist Party, Saparmurat Niyazov, became president. He developed a totalitarian cult of personality, isolating the Central Asian nation culturally and politically. Citizens were tested on their knowledge of Niyazov's autobiography and spiritual guide book, the Ruhnama—even on driver's license tests. Niyazov's successor later reversed many of his policies, including the decision to rename the months of the calendar after what? More...
Today's Birthday

Roy Lichtenstein (1923)

Lichtenstein was an American artist best known for his brilliantly colored paintings in the style of large-scale comic strips, such as Whaam! and Drowning Girl. Originally an abstract expressionist, he turned to the New York-based pop art movement in the 1960s. In addition to his comic-book inspired panels, he created ironic pop art reinterpretations of famous paintings by artists such as Picasso. Which of his works was destroyed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

a little from column A, a little from column B

Having been formed from two distinct factors, elements, or reasons. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkmenistan Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates Turkmenistan's independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 27, 1991. Turkmenistan and other republics were gradually able to establish their own autonomous states due to the relaxation of Soviet rule influenced by the policy of perestroika. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991, their independence was assured. More...
In the News

Flu Vaccine Less Effective than Previously Thought

Millions of people get flu shots each year, but researchers now say that the vaccines may be less effective than previously thought. In the past, it was reported that the flu vaccine most commonly used in the US is effective in 70 to 90 percent of healthy adults, yet an analysis of numerous studies published in the last 40 years finds that it is effective in just 59 percent. Furthermore, there is insufficient data regarding its effectiveness in the two groups most at risk from flu-related illness—children and the elderly. More...
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