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

Iron Lung Used for the First Time (1928)

Invented by engineer Philip Drinker, an iron lung is a device that can produce artificial respiration for extended periods of time. It consists of an airtight metal tank that encloses nearly the entire body and forces the lungs to inhale and exhale by regulating changes in air pressure. Developed for the treatment of coal gas poisoning and first used to save an unconscious child in respiratory failure, the device was eventually most widely used for the treatment of what disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Ramsay MacDonald (1866)

MacDonald was the first Labour Party prime minister of Britain, serving in 1924, from 1929 to 1931, and again as part of a coalition government from 1931 to 1935. He joined the precursor of the Labour Party in 1894 and served as its first secretary. MacDonald was elected to Parliament in 1906 and was leader of the Labour party there from 1911 to 1914, until he was forced to resign for opposing participation in WWI. From what other organization was MacDonald expelled for his pacifist stance? 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)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar (2015)

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or "big heads"—grotesque puppets with huge heads. 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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