Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

refutation

Definition:(noun) The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions.
Synonyms:defense
Usage: His refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
Article of the Day

Blackbirding

Blackbirding refers to the recruitment of people through kidnapping and fraud to work on plantations, particularly the sugar cane plantations of Fiji and Queensland, Australia, in the latter half of the 19th century. Those "blackbirded" were kidnapped from the indigenous populations of Australia or nearby Pacific islands. In 1872, the British Parliament passed a law in an attempt to curtail the practice, but it continued until the turn of the century. How did blackbirding get its name? More...
This Day in History

The Double Tenth Incident (1943)

During the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II, several Japanese ships in Singapore Harbor were sunk in an Allied raid. On October 10, or the "Double Tenth," Japanese military police arrested 57 civilian suspects—none of whom had actually been involved in the plot—and tortured them for months. Fifteen of the detainees died. After the war, 21 of the Japanese officers were charged with war crimes, eight were sentenced to death, and six received prison terms. What happened to the rest? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Hayes (1900)

Hayes was an American actress who began her stage career at the age of five and debuted on Broadway at nine. She went on to star in Broadway productions such as Caesar and Cleopatra and became known as "the First Lady of the American Theatre." She won three Tony Awards, as well as two Academy Awards for her roles in The Sin of Madelon Claudet and Airport. Hayes is one of only a handful of people who have won a Tony, an Oscar, and what other two awards? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Today's Holiday

Double Tenth Day (2015)

Double Tenth Day is a national holiday in Taiwan to commemorate the Chinese Revolution of October 10, 1911. The revolt marked the end of the Ching, or Qing, Dynasty that had been established in 1644 by the Manchus, and it led to the founding of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912. For several weeks before Double Tenth Day, the plaza in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei is illuminated. Celebrations include massive parades and rallies, displays of martial arts, folk dancing, and other cultural activities. More...
In the News

Fair Skin May Mean Vitamin D Supplements Needed

It appears that fair-skinned people may need supplements to ensure that they get adequate amounts of vitamin D, which the body makes when it is exposed to sunlight. Because people with fair skin are liable to burn easily, they may tend to limit their sun exposure, making them more prone to suboptimal vitamin D levels. Additionally, some fair-skinned individuals may be less able to make and process vitamin D. Because of the risk of skin cancer, researchers do not recommend increasing one's sun exposure in order to boost vitamin D levels. Instead, they suggest that those with suboptimal levels consider taking supplements. More...
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