Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

redact

Definition:(verb) Formulate in a particular style or language.
Synonyms:couch, put, frame, cast
Usage: Your presentation is solid, but I have asked Michael to redact portions of the text to make it more accessible to our Japanese business partners.
Article of the Day

The Holman Projector

The Holman Projector was introduced by the British military in 1940. Mounted on ships, it used compressed air or steam to launch hand grenades at enemy aircraft. Though it rarely hit them, the grenades it launched produced deceptively large clouds of smoke that gave enemies the impression that a much more deadly weapon was firing upon them. A demonstration of the gun for Winston Churchill was once nearly scrapped for want of grenades but was saved when what unusual ordinance was supplied? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)

One of Australia's worst natural disasters took place in January 1939, when bushfires broke out in the state of Victoria. Over the course of several days, fires burned nearly 5 million acres of land, killing 71 people, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and ravaging entire towns. An extremely hot and dry summer had preceded the fires, and the day they broke out, temperatures in Melbourne soared to a record 114.1 °F (45.6 °C). How long was it before the city had a hotter day than that? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Tucker (1884)

Tucker was a Russian-born American singer and entertainer who began performing vaudeville as a child, singing ragtime melodies in blackface. She later abandoned the makeup but continued in the African-American style, helping popularize the songs of black composers. Known for her racy songs, she enjoyed great success on tour and went on to appear in several stage and movie musicals but was best known as a nightclub torch singer. In her later years, she was billed under what moniker? More...
Quotation of the Day
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Togo National Liberation Day

On January 13, 1967, Togo president Nicolas Grunitzky was overthrown by Gnassingbé Eyadema, who remained president of Togo until 2005. He was succeeded by his son, Faure Gnassingbé. To celebrate National Liberation Day, the Togo military joins with civilian bands to mount several colorful parades in the city of Lomé. Dissident groups have long opposed the celebrations, noting that January 13, 1963, saw the assassination of the nation's first president, Sylvanus Olympio. In 2008, President Gnassingbé called for an end to the public celebrations on National Liberation Day. More...
In the News

Flu Outbreak Causing Health Emergencies in US Cities

A major flu outbreak is sickening thousands across the US and has already claimed dozens of lives. A public health emergency has been declared in Boston, Massachusetts, which already has 700 reported cases of the flu, compared with 70 last season. North Carolina, meanwhile, is seeing more flu activity than it has in a decade. Hospital emergency rooms are being pushed to capacity, and in many cases beyond capacity, with the sudden influx of flu patients. Experts are advising anyone who is sick to stay home from work or school and are recommending that people get vaccinated if they have not already done so. More...
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