Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

chasten

Definition:(verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms:castigate, chastise, objurgate, correct
Usage: His mother will undoubtedly chasten him for those insensitive remarks.
Article of the Day

Trajan's Column

Completed in 113 CE, Trajan’s Column is a war monument erected by the Roman emperor Trajan in Rome. Standing 125 feet (38 m) high, the monument is decorated with a bas-relief sculpture spiraled around a column in a continuous band more than 600 feet (183 m) long. The sculpture depicts, with great detail, the emperor's two victorious campaigns in Dacia. The inside of the column contains Trajan's ashes and a spiral staircase. What three statues have topped the column at different times? More...
This Day in History

Cease-Fire Declared in Iran-Iraq War (1988)

On September 22, 1980, Iraqi forces invaded Iran, which was still struggling in the aftermath of its revolution. The resulting war—ostensibly a territorial dispute—turned into a bloody stalemate that saw the first widespread use of chemical warfare since World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the conflict. After nearly eight years, the United Nations mandated a cease-fire. Both sides held thousands of prisoners of war for years. When were the last prisoners exchanged? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. More...
Today's Holiday

Down Home Family Reunion (2017)

Introduced in 1992, the Down Home Family Reunion is an annual celebration of west African folk life held in Abner Clay Park in Richmond, Virginia. The reunion offers music and dance performances, storytelling presentations, traditional foods, a heritage marketplace, and children's activities. With many hands-on and interactive exhibits, the festival showcases the strong influence of west African culture on life in the American South. Saturday's activities are free and emphasize family participation in craft demonstrations and a variety of cultural exhibits. More...
In the News

Stigma of Nuclear Plant Work Taking Toll

Doctors say that the psychological wellbeing of Japanese workers laboring to safely shut down the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is in jeopardy. Stigmatized, harassed, and discriminated against by residents displaced by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused meltdowns at the plant, workers are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loss of motivation. Employment at the plant had once been viewed as a badge of honor, but workers, who place their health and lives at risk doing their jobs, now try to hide their ties to the company, which has been widely criticized for mishandling the nuclear disaster. More...
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