Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

saboteur

Definition:(noun) Someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks.
Synonyms:diversionist, wrecker
Usage: The saboteurs planned to bomb several buses and office buildings in the city.
Article of the Day

The African Meeting House

Also known as the First African Baptist Church, the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest existing African-American church building in the US. Completed in 1806, the meeting house became a place for religious, educational, and social gatherings as well as for political and anti-slavery meetings. During the Civil War, it served as a military recruitment center. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. What purpose did it serve for much of the 20th century? More...
This Day in History

First Female Cadet Graduates from The Citadel (1999)

For more than 150 years, only male cadets were allowed to attend the Citadel, an elite military college in South Carolina. The first female cadet gained the right to enroll after a legal battle in 1995, but she left after less than a week. The next year, Nancy Mace, the daughter of US Army Brigadier General Emory Mace, enrolled, along with three other women. Mace graduated in three years, becoming the first female graduate of the Citadel. What happened to the women who matriculated with her? More...
Today's Birthday

Harry S. Truman (1884)

In 1945, when US president Franklin D. Roosevelt died—just 82 days into his fourth term—Truman, his vice president, assumed the office. Presiding over the end of World War II and the transition to peacetime, he made unexpectedly bold decisions. He dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan, proposed the "Truman Doctrine" of Communist containment, authorized the Berlin Airlift, and initiated US involvement in the Korean War. For most of his second term, Truman did not live in the White House. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

have skin in the game

To have a personal investment, usually monetary, in the pursuit of some goal or achievement, especially in business and finance. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa di San Nicola (2017)

The Festa di San Nicola (Festival of St. Nicholas) is celebrated in Italy on the anniversary of the transfer of the saint's relics by a group of 11th-century sailors from Bari. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari, Puglia, to worship at the saint's tomb and to ask for his help. There is a procession on this day in which a group of Barese sailors take the saint's image down to the water, where it is placed on a flower-decked boat and taken out to sea. At night the statue is returned to its place of honor on the altar of San Nicola's crypt. More...
In the News

Video Games and Virtual Reality Help Stroke Victims

The results of several studies suggest that video games and virtual reality systems could help stroke victims recover. A review of the data showed that patients had five times the odds of improving their grip and other movements if they supplemented standard rehab with virtual reality training. Some of the studies also showed that patients who used virtual reality systems became 20% better at simple tasks, such as moving their fingers independently. More...
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