Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

abominable

Definition:(adjective) Unequivocally detestable; loathsome.
Synonyms:odious, execrable
Usage: The abominable treatment of prisoners horrified the team of international observers.
Article of the Day

Yo-Yo Ma

World-famous American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in France to Chinese parents in 1955. A musical prodigy, he gave a public recital in Paris at age six and his first performance at Carnegie Hall at age nine. He later attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music and ascended rapidly to the highest rank of international soloists, winning the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. What became of a centuries-old cello valued at $2.5 million that Ma accidentally left in a New York City taxi in 1999? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Decides Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

In 1961, Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic for women in deliberate defiance of an 1879 law outlawing the use or distribution of contraceptives. She was arrested and fined. Her appeal made it to the US Supreme Court, which stated in a landmark 1965 decision that married couples had a right to "marital privacy," which included the right to use birth control. When was the same right extended to unwed individuals? More...
Today's Birthday

George Szell (1897)

Szell was a Hungarian-born conductor and pianist who immigrated to the US during WWII. Having already conducted many European orchestras, he soon became the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1946, he took over the Cleveland Orchestra and, by means of his famously dictatorial approach, built it into one of the most respected ensembles in the world, famed for its precision. Nearly 20 years after Szell's death, who complained that he still got credit when the orchestra did well? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Idiom of the Day

the granddaddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of his, her, or its kind. More...
Today's Holiday

Holland Festival (2017)

Holland (the Netherlands) decided in 1947 to have a single festival focused on three major cities—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague—that would cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and at the same time draw top international artists to the Netherlands. Nowadays the festival is centered in Amsterdam in June with nearly 150 programs. The festival offers not only performances of orchestral and choral works but opera, ballet, contemporary music, dance, theater, and film as well. More...
In the News

US Not the Only One Eavesdropping

The US has been widely criticized for the National Security Agency telecommunications and Internet surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, but—and this may come as no surprise to many—the US is not alone in its snooping. Vodafone, the second-biggest mobile phone company in the world, has revealed that government agencies in six countries have inserted their own equipment into the Vodafone network or diverted its data traffic through government systems in order to listen to and record calls on the network. For legal reasons, Vodafone did not reveal which countries are doing the eavesdropping. More...
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