Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

headliner

Definition:(noun) A performer who receives prominent billing.
Synonyms:star
Usage: My sister moved to New York with dreams of becoming a headliner on Broadway.
Article of the Day

Thomas Dunn English

Though he was an accomplished writer and politician, English is best known for his bitter feud with Edgar Allen Poe that turned physical at least once. They had once been friends, but in the early 1840s, their relationship deteriorated. Each began to publish thinly-veiled, mocking satires of the other. Poe included references to English in the revenge tale, The Cask of Amontillado, and English ridiculed Poe as a drunk. Eventually, Poe sued for libel and won. What led to their falling out? More...
This Day in History

Good Friday Earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska (1964)

With a magnitude of 9.2, the earthquake that struck east of Anchorage at rush hour on Good Friday 1964 was one of the strongest ever recorded. About 130 people died, most in the subsequent tsunami, and much of downtown Anchorage was destroyed. The quake's effects were felt around the world—boats were sunk as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. Within a day, 11 aftershocks measuring 6.0 or higher were reported. In the months after, residents endured thousands of smaller ones. How long did they last? More...
Today's Birthday

Nathaniel Currier (1813)

Before photojournalism rendered illustrations of the news obsolete, Currier printed more than 7,000 lithographs—prints made using a stone block etched with grease to reproduce drawings—that greatly increased the public demand for graphic images. With his partner James Ives, he established outlets across the country, selling high-quality prints of disasters, landscapes, satirical subjects, and domestic scenes. Ives was neither a lithographer nor an artist, so why did Currier make him his partner? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

let me tell you

Used to emphasize a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuhio Day (2017)

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1921) was a young man when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893. He was elected as the first delegate to represent the Territory of Hawaii in the U.S. Congress in 1903. He was reelected and served 10 consecutive terms until his death in 1921. His birthday is commemorated on the island of Kauai, where he was born, with a week-long Prince Kuhio Festival during the latter part of March. The festival features such traditional Hawaiian events as outrigger canoe races, hula dancing, and performances of Hawaiian music. More...
In the News

James Cameron Journeys to Deepest Ocean Trench

Five decades after oceanographers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh made the first manned voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron became the third person to explore it. He made the momentous journey in a submarine he helped design and spent more than three hours exploring, collecting samples, and filming on the ocean floor, some 7 miles (11 km) below the surface. He saw little evidence of life at that depth, observing only shrimp-like creatures less than an inch long. More...
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