Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 17, 2017)
Word of the Day

cagey

Definition:(adjective) Showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others.
Synonyms:canny, clever
Usage: The jurors saw right through the cagey lawyer's attempt to divert their attention away from the evidence.
Article of the Day

The Great Stock Exchange Fraud of 1814

The Great Stock Exchange Fraud of 1814 was perpetrated by several men who conspired to artificially boost the prices of British government securities by spreading false information about the Napoleonic Wars. They began a rumor that Napoleon I of France had been killed, sending stocks soaring. Before the government was able to refute the news—a move that would cause prices to plummet—a sale of more than £1.1 million of two government-based stocks was processed. Were the conspirators ever caught? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Antietam (1862)

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac River to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was met by Union General George McClellan. The resulting Battle of Antietam, fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a total of 23,000 casualties. It was a Union victory only in the sense that Lee's invasion was stopped. McClellan was later removed from command and was faulted for failing to act on what crucial opportunity? More...
Today's Birthday

William Carlos Williams (1883)

Trained as a pediatrician, Williams wrote poetry and practiced medicine in his New Jersey hometown. Regarded as one of the most original American poets of the 20th century, he closely observed American life and recorded his impressions in a lucid style. His poems, such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This Is Just To Say," are noted for making the ordinary appear extraordinary. Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for what volume of poetry? More...
Quotation of the Day
How reckless is Nature in the distribution of her gifts!

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

leave (something) out of account

To ignore something; to pay little or no heed to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution and Citizenship Day (2017)

A number of states and cities hold special exercises on September 17 to focus attention on the rights and obligations of citizenship. Schools make a special effort to acquaint their students with the history and importance of the Constitution. Naturalization ceremonies, re-creations of the signing of the Constitution, and parades are other popular ways of celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day. Several states observe the entire week in which this day occurs as Constitution Week. More...
In the News

Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest lifespan on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains throughout the Western United States, putting future generations in peril, researchers said Wednesday. Driven ... More...
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