Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

repulse

Definition:(verb) Force or drive back.
Synonyms:drive back, fight off, rebuff, repel
Usage: The soldiers are armed and prepared to repulse any attack.
Article of the Day

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard was the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, but the phrase is popularly used to refer to the force itself, particularly its Criminal Investigation Department. Named after a street in London that may have been the site of a palace used by 12th-century Scottish kings, Scotland Yard became London's police center in 1829. In 1890, the force moved to a new building, and in 1967, it moved once again. Today, the Metropolitan Police headquarters building is known by what name? More...
This Day in History

Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation. It began when Zulu king Cetshwayo, determined to resist European advances, rejected British demands to disband his troops. The British attacked, and Cetshwayo routed them at Isandlwana with a disciplined army of 40,000. However, his forces were utterly defeated at Ulundi, with 1,500 Zulus, compared to 13 Britons, killed in the final battle. The British then burned the town. What became of Cetshwayo? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Hamilton (1755?)

Pictured on the US $10 bill, Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first secretary of the treasury. Differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson led to the rise of political parties, with Hamilton heading the Federalist Party and Madison and Jefferson leading the Democratic-Republican Party. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and though Hamilton opposed the practice and had even lost a son in a duel, he agreed and was mortally wounded. Why did Burr challenge him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

put a gun to (someone's) head

To force someone to do something he or she does not want to do, especially by the use of threats or intimidation (not necessarily with an actual gun). More...
Today's Holiday

Albania Republic Day (2017)

Republic Day was a national holiday in Albania, also known as Anniversary Day, which commemorated the founding of the Communist government on January 11, 1946, until April 15, 1991, when the first Parliament since the fall of the Soviet Union convened. More...
In the News

Some Sun Exposure Important for Bone Health

Over the years, people have become increasingly cautious about exposing their skin to the sun because of concerns about developing cancer. However, continuously slathering on sunscreen and shielding oneself from the sun can lead to vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient that helps keep bones strong, prevents rickets, and protects against conditions like osteoporosis. UK experts are therefore recommending that, during summers, people go out in the sun without wearing sunscreen for 10 to 15 minutes several times a week. More...
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