Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 1, 2020)
Word of the Day

tumult

Definition:(noun) Violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob.
Synonyms:garboil, uproar
Usage: He could hear a great tumult in the street and looked out the window to see a lynch mob heading for the jail.
Article of the Day

Rammed Earth

Used in construction since ancient times, rammed earth is a building material made by compacting and drying a stiff mixture of earth and water. Some of the oldest forts in the Middle East and China were made from rammed earth, and it has been used in contemporary structures in Japan and Britain. Formed into blocks or walls, it has good insulating and fireproofing properties and makes strong, durable buildings. The material usually costs nothing. How long do rammed earth walls take to fully cure? More...
This Day in History

The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed (1959)

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Alicia Markova (1910)

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Today's Holiday

Romania National Day (2020)

The national holiday of Romania has been celebrated since 1990, after the fall of the Romanian Communist Party head Nicolae Ceausescu, with military parades, speeches, and a holiday from work. This day marks the unification in 1918 of Romania and Transylvania and the formation of the Romanian state within its present-day boundaries. Romania's full independence had been recognized in 1878, but Transylvania had remained outside the new state. On December 1, a Romanian assembly passed the resolution of unity celebrated on National Day. More...
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