Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

advisement

Definition:(noun) Careful consideration.
Synonyms:weighing, deliberation
Usage: The petition was taken under advisement.
Article of the Day

Johnson County War

When the American West was still being settled, large ranchers monopolized areas of public range land in Wyoming to prevent newcomers from settling there. In April 1892, war broke out between settlers and established ranchers, culminating in a lengthy shootout between small ranchers, a band of hired killers, and a sheriff's posse. Federal troops eventually intervened on orders from US President Benjamin Harrison. What note did the hired gunmen pin on the chest of the first man they killed? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Portsmouth Ends Russo-Japanese War (1905)

The Russo-Japanese War—fought over territorial claims in East Asia—was a costly endeavor both monetarily and in terms of lives lost, and both sides soon realized the need for peace. With US President Theodore Roosevelt acting as a mediator, Russian and Japanese representatives met at a US naval base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The resulting treaty marked the temporary decline of Russian power in East Asia and the emergence of Japan as a regional power. What territory did both agree to cede? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Koestler (1905)

Born in Hungary, Koestler was an influential Communist journalist in Berlin in the 1930s. He was captured by fascist forces while on assignment during the Spanish Civil War and was later held in a concentration camp after the German invasion of France. In 1940, inspired by his break with Communism, he published his most important novel, Darkness at Noon, an examination of the moral dangers of totalitarianism. How did the terminally ill Koestler show his support for voluntary euthanasia? More...
Quotation of the Day
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

latchkey kid

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general due to his or her parents being away for work. More...
Today's Holiday

Anant Chaturdashi (2017)

Among Hindus, this is a day for worshipping and meditating on the god Vishnu. A day-long fast is observed, with offerings of fruits, sweets, and flowers to Vishnu. A thread colored in turmeric paste and having 14 knots is tied on the upper right arm while meditating in the belief that it will protect the worshipper from evil and bring prosperity and happiness. The Pandava princes in exile observed this fast on the advice of Sri Krishna and, as a result, they defeated the Kauravas and regained their lost kingdom. More...
In the News

Fifth Time's the Charm for 64-Year-Old Cuba-Florida Swimmer

After four failed attempts to make the 110-mile (177-km) swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to the US, 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to complete the crossing without a shark cage or flippers. The achievement was 35 years in the making. She made her first attempt in 1978, when she was just 28, but had to abandon it 42 hours in, after crossing 76 miles. Undeterred, she tried again and again, and after 53 hours in the water this weekend, she finally achieved her goal, sending a message that it is never too late to chase your dreams. More...
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