Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

staunch

Definition:(adjective) Firm and dependable, especially in loyalty.
Synonyms:steadfast, unswerving
Usage: John is a staunch supporter of free speech, but it nonetheless pains him when hate groups abuse the privilege.
Article of the Day

The Wakhan Corridor

In the late 19th century, Western adventurers who had explored beyond India's frontiers brought back thrilling tales, exaggerating Russian activity in Central Asia and sparking British interest in the area. The rivalry that developed between Russia and Britain—known as the Great Game—resulted in the creation of the Wakhan Corridor, a buffer zone between the two empires. The rugged, highly remote stretch now links northeastern Afghanistan with China. How many people live in the Wakhan Corridor? More...
This Day in History

First Oktoberfest Held in Munich, Germany (1810)

The first Oktoberfest was held as a horse race celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen. In the years that followed, the race was combined with the state agricultural fair, and food and drink were offered. Since that time the 16-day festival has become, above all else, a celebration of German beer, drawing more than five million attendees annually. How many millions of liters of beer did Oktoberfest attendees consume in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Edith Stein (1891)

Born into an observant Jewish family, Stein converted to Christianity in 1922. After studying philosophy, she became a nun in 1934. She moved from Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, but in 1942 she was arrested because of her Jewish heritage. She was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and died in the gas chamber that year. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and is also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. With what miracles is Stein credited? More...
Quotation of the Day
History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1968, Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain after being one of its colonies for nearly 300 years. On October 12—the same day on which Columbus Day is celebrated elsewhere in the world—Equatorial Guinea celebrates its autonomy with a national holiday. More...
In the News

New Breakthrough in Alzheimer's Research

Researchers have for the first time identified a chemical that prevents brain tissue death due to neurodegenerative disease. The chemical was successfully tested on mice, though it caused some serious side effects. Experts caution that a cure for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's is still years away, but the new findings give them hope that researchers are on the right track. More...
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