Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

annihilative

Definition:(adjective) Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction.
Synonyms:withering, devastating
Usage: The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death.
Article of the Day

The Fourth Crusade

Launched by Pope Innocent III in 1202, the Fourth Crusade was originally intended to conquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, the crusaders were persuaded to help Alexius IV Angelus help his father regain the Byzantine throne, in exchange for money and aid on their mission. Realizing the promise would not be kept, the crusaders ruthlessly sacked the Byzantine capital, Constantinople, for three days. Did they ever make it to Palestine? More...
This Day in History

US President Grover Cleveland Gets Married in the White House (1886)

Though President Cleveland entered the White House a notorious bachelor—having allegedly fathered a child out of wedlock—he did not remain single for long. Having become the executor of his deceased law partner's estate a decade earlier, Cleveland had supervised the upbringing of his partner's daughter, Frances. She visited him in the White House in 1885, and the two were married in the Blue Room a year later, making him the only president to be married there. He was how many years her senior? More...
Today's Birthday

Johnny Weissmuller (1904)

Weissmuller was a five-time Olympic gold medalist with 67 world records in swimming when, in 1932, he turned in his swimsuit for a loincloth and became Tarzan, the Ape Man. He starred in 12 Tarzan films and created the memorable "Tarzan yell" before being replaced by a younger actor in 1948. He then went on to star in a series of Jungle Jim movies adapted from comic books. Afterward, he ran his own swimming pool company. His face appears in the collage on the cover of what iconic record album? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

kids will be kids

Kids behave childishly or immaturely by nature, so it is unrealistic to expect otherwise. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Music Month (2017)

Black Music Month is observed in June each year in the United States. Created by music executives Kenny Gable and Ed Wright as a way to celebrate and promote black music, the special designation has been proclaimed each year since 1979 by the President. At the White House in Washington, D.C., a concert and reception is held each year that features various genres of African-American music, including R&B, jazz, blues, and hip hop. Throughout the country, public and private organizations host numerous educational programs and cultural festivals recognizing the achievements of black musicians. More...
In the News

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 1,500 in Germany

A widespread enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) outbreak has health authorities in Europe cautioning people to avoid fresh produce until the source of the contamination is found. The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,500 people in several European countries and killed 17. Most of the infections took place in or around the German city of Hamburg. This strain is particularly dangerous because it can cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which can cause kidney damage and even death. In this particular outbreak, a greater than normal percentage of patients are developing the condition. More...
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