Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

honorable

Definition:(adjective) Deserving of esteem and respect.
Synonyms:estimable, respectable, good
Usage: You are offended at being put on duty a bit, but why not apologize to an old and honorable officer?
Article of the Day

Ye Xian

Perhaps the oldest known version of the archetypical Cinderella story, "Ye Xian" is a Chinese fairy tale first published in the 9th century. Enslaved by her wicked stepmother and stepsister, the story's eponymous heroine befriends a magical fish in a nearby lake. The fish is killed and eaten by Ye Xian's stepfamily, but its bones provide her with lovely clothes to wear to a festival. There, she loses a tiny slipper, which falls into the hands of a king. The slipper is made not of glass but what? 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
Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because he that would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude, will convince others the more as he appears convinced himself.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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

Free Birth Control Lowers Abortion and Teen Birth Rate

When women in a recent US study were offered free access to a range of contraceptives, they overwhelmingly opted for the more effective—but often pricier—methods, like intrauterine devices and other types of implants, dramatically reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy. Among teens, the effect was particularly pronounced. Study participants also had fewer abortions than the general population. Experts expect to see a similar trend across the nation thanks to a new US healthcare law requiring most workplace insurance plans to offer women free access to contraceptives. More...
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