Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 02, 2016)
Word of the Day

valance

Definition:(noun) An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
Synonyms:cornice, pelmet, valance board
Usage: Large valances of silk, embroidered with flowers of gay colors, which were rather faded, fell from the wide windows.
Article of the Day

The Hoff

David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Though “The Hoff” spent a six-year stint on The Young and the Restless, he is best known for his roles in Knight Rider and Baywatch. During the late 1980s, he enjoyed significant musical success, particularly in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. In 1994, Hasselhoff was scheduled to perform a pay-per-view concert that would hopefully reignite his US musical career. What major news event diverted his viewers? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of the Planet Vulcan Is Announced (1860)

To account for inconsistencies between Mercury's predicted and observed orbital path, French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier postulated that a tiny, hypothetical planet, which he named Vulcan, was present within Mercury's orbit. Sightings of Vulcan were reported until 1878, and Leverrier died believing he had discovered another planet. Eventually, however, the orbital anomalies were explained by Einstein's general theory of relativity. After what was the hypothetical planet named? More...
Today's Birthday

Mehmed IV (1642)

After the deposition and murder of his father, Sultan Ibrahim, 7-year-old Mehmed IV ascended the throne of the Ottoman Empire. Chaos and corruption followed, and though grand vizier Mehmed Köprülü managed to restore order, the empire suffered severe setbacks. In 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna but were repulsed by King John III of Poland, and a Holy League was formed to carry the war into Ottoman territory. Mehmed was deposed after a Turkish defeat by Charles V of Lorraine. Who succeeded him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Today's Holiday

Haiti Ancestors' Day (2016)

In Haiti, the Independence Day festivities that occur on the first day of the year continue into the second with Jour des Aieux (Ancestors' Day), an occasion for remembering the founders of Haiti and those who sacrificed their lives during the revolution of the early 19th century. A large meal often accompanies the day's festivities, and military processions may also take place on Ancestors' Day. In years past, particularly during the reign of President François Duvalier (1971-1986), the executive leader used this day to deliver radio and television speeches to the nation. More...
In the News

Home Birth with Midwife No Riskier than Hospital Birth for Low-Risk Women: Study

For women with low-risk pregnancies, babies delivered at home with a midwife are at no greater risk of harm than those born in a hospital with a midwife's assistance, an Ontario study has found. The three-year study of almost 23,000 pregnancies found the ... More...
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