Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

oenophile

Definition:(noun) A connoisseur of fine wines.
Synonyms:wine lover
Usage: The oenophile was heartbroken when months of heavy rain ruined a particularly promising grape harvest.
Article of the Day

The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in southeast Africa. In 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is cut by four major river systems, which are increasingly used for irrigation. Sugarcane is the country's leading export, but pineapple, citrus fruit, and cotton are also important agricultural exports. Why does Swaziland have the one of the world's lowest life expectancy rates? More...
This Day in History

R&B Artist Aaliyah Killed in Airplane Crash (2001)

Signed to a record deal at age 12, Aaliyah became a popular R&B singer with hits such as "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" and "Are You That Somebody." She went on to appear in films, but her skyrocketing career came to a halt when she and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 after filming a music video. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Though the pilot was unlicensed and had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system, the crash was primarily blamed on what other issue? More...
Today's Birthday

Althea Gibson (1927)

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Today's Holiday

Ullambana (Hungry Ghosts Festival) (2018)

A Buddhist and Taoist festival probably dating back to the sixth century, Ullambana is observed in China as well as throughout the rest of eastern Asia. It is believed that during this month the souls of the dead are released from purgatory to roam the earth. Unhappy and hungry spirits may cause trouble and therefore must be placated with offerings. People burn paper replicas of material possessions, believing that this frees these things for the spirits' use. Joss sticks are burned, and offerings of food are placed on tables outside people's homes. More...
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