Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

wellspring

Definition:(noun) An abundant source.
Synonyms:fountainhead
Usage: The new recruit was a wellspring of ideas and reinvigorated the department with her out-of-the-box thinking.
Article of the Day

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956

In October 1956, discontented Hungarians—emboldened by a speech in which Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized actions taken by Stalin's regime—began a revolt that quickly spread across the country, toppling the government. However, Western powers failed to respond to appeals for assistance, and the USSR soon invaded and quashed the revolution. Nevertheless, Hungary did thereafter experience a slow evolution toward some internal autonomy. Who was Time magazine's 1956 Man of the Year? More...
This Day in History

Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler's rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death. Three years after the laws were announced, another law required Jews to adopt what middle names? More...
Today's Birthday

William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is a leaf-joy, which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2017)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
In the News

Fatherhood Lowers Testosterone Levels

Researchers who tracked more than 600 men over a five-year period found that men experience a substantial dip in testosterone levels immediately after becoming fathers and that those more involved in childcare have even greater reductions in the hormone. Testosterone is believed to be largely responsible for a man's sex drive and may help him compete for a mate. A decrease in testosterone levels may help him focus more on family and parenthood. The findings of this study suggest that women are not the only ones who are biologically wired to be involved in the child rearing process. More...
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