Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

bridgehead

Definition:(noun) A forward position seized by advancing troops in enemy territory as a foothold for further advance.
Synonyms:foothold
Usage: The soldiers made a brave attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines.
Article of the Day

The Black Obelisk

The most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III is a black limestone Neo-Assyrian bas-relief sculpture. Found in 1846 in what is now northern Iraq, the sculpture was originally erected as a public monument in 825 BCE, at a time of civil war. It features 20 reliefs depicting 5 kings bringing tribute and prostrating before the Assyrian king. The obelisk is particularly significant because it contains the earliest surviving image of a member of what kingdom? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Rules in Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark US Supreme Court decision that led to the institution of the Miranda warning, a set of rights that police officers must read to arrestees. One of the petitioners in the case, Ernesto Miranda, had been convicted of rape in 1963 based on a confession he made while in police custody—without knowing he had a right to see a lawyer. He appealed, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. What happened when he was retried using evidence other than his confession? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Basil Rathbone (1892)

Rathbone was a British actor who made his film debut in the 1920s. With his distinctive voice and gaunt appearance, he was cast as a villain in several swashbuckling movies. He won praise for his roles in Romeo and Juliet and If I Were King, but he became best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of films beginning with 1939's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Why did his English family have to flee South Africa when he was just three years old? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

in a flutter

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (2017)

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional folk dancing. Another custom of the day is for a young man to present the girl he hopes to marry with a pot of basil concealing a verse or love letter. More...
In the News

Outbreak of Highly Contagious Dog Flu Hits Texas

Pet parents beware, the canine influenza virus (CIV), or dog flu that first spread through Florida and Georgia earlier in 2017 has made its way to Texas. The Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) has confirmed a positive diagnosis in two ... More...
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