Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

chirpy

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness.
Synonyms:perky, buoyant
Usage: You're very chirpy today—have you won the lottery or something?
Article of the Day

Gran Colombia

Gran Columbia was a South American republic from 1819 to 1830. It encompassed much of northern South America and southern Central America, including parts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, which became its successor states after its dissolution. With its capital at Bogotá, it was created during the war for independence from Spain by revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, who served as its first president. Its existence was marked by a struggle between supporters of what two types of government? More...
This Day in History

First "Fireside Chat" by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)

The "fireside chats" were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense. How many fireside chats did he deliver in all? More...
Today's Birthday

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890)

Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and ballet's first modernist choreographer. One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he performed spectacular leaps with unrivaled grace. During his career, his innovations were considered both scandalous and revolutionary. He had a romantic relationship with his mentor, Sergey Diaghilev, who dismissed him from the Ballets Russes when he married a Hungarian countess. A few years later, acute schizophrenia ended his career. Did he and Diaghilev ever reconcile? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauritius Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the day in 1968 when Mauritius gained independence from Britain, after being under its rule since the early 19th century. More...
In the News

Massive Earthquake Triggers Tsunami, Fires in Japan

On Friday afternoon, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan, about 250 mi (400 km) from Tokyo. The powerful temblor, the strongest ever recorded to hit Japan, triggered a 33-ft (10-m) tsunami along parts of the country’s coastline as well as a number of fires, including a massive blaze at an oil refinery. The powerful inrush of water swept away people, cars, buildings, and ships. Hundreds have been reported dead in Japan, and many more casualties are feared. The tsunami traveled across the Pacific, striking Hawaii and the US West Coast, but there have been no reports of major damage there. More...
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