Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

wrapper

Definition:(noun) A loose dressing gown for women.
Synonyms:housecoat, negligee, peignoir
Usage: She wore a faded old wrapper, and her gray hair was decidedly untidy.
Article of the Day

Jean Duvet

Born in 1485, Duvet was a French engraver and goldsmith. His most famous works are two dozen engravings in a series depicting scenes from the biblical Apocalypse. Published in 1561, the engravings do not depict space or proportion realistically. Rather, they have a distinctive style that is crowded, urgent, and intense, as every available space is filled with detail. Duvet, whose printmaking style is often compared to that of William Blake, began his career copying prints by what artists? More...
This Day in History

Liberian President William R. Tolbert Is Killed in Military Coup (1980)

Liberia was founded in the 1820s by former slaves from the US, and tensions between the Americo-Liberian minority and the indigenous majority have persisted since that time. On April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers led by Samuel Kanyon Doe stormed the executive mansion, killing Americo-Liberian President William R. Tolbert and 27 other government leaders. Doe, a member of the ethnic Krahn tribe, then declared himself president. How had a rice scandal seriously undermined Tolbert? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (1940)

Hancock is a jazz and funk pianist, composer, and bandleader who emerged as part of Miles Davis's group in the mid-1960s. An early adopter of electronic instruments, he became involved with funk and disco in the 70s, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, such as that of Wynton Marsalis. He won an Academy Award for his original score of the 1986 film 'Round Midnight and has won 14 Grammys, including "Album of the Year" for a work that paid tribute to what fellow musician? More...
Quotation of the Day
What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

when pigs can fly

At a time that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) More...
Today's Holiday

Cosmonauts Day (2017)

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel in outer space. April 12th was declared Cosmonauts Day in Gagarin's honor. Official ceremonies on this day begin in the Moscow suburb of Korolyov, well known as the center of Russian rocket production, where officials and former cosmonauts lay flowers at a statue of Gagarin. The general public celebrates the day in a less formal manner: some place flowers at statues of Gagarin in various cities, while others attend space-themed art and film exhibitions. More...
In the News

Mother Finds "Miracle Baby" Alive in Coffin

Despite having spent 12 hours in a morgue refrigerator, tiny Luz Milagros Bouter, or "Miracle Light" Bouter, born three months premature in an Argentine hospital and declared stillborn, is very much alive. When she was delivered a little over a week ago, medical staff failed to detect any signs of life and had her placed in a coffin and brought to the hospital's morgue. She lay there for 12 hours before her mother was allowed to come in and say her goodbyes. The baby chose that moment to cry out, alerting her mother to the fact that she was alive. An investigation is underway, and five of the medical professionals involved in the case have been suspended. More...
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