Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

adduce

Definition:(verb) Advance evidence for.
Synonyms:abduce, cite
Usage: There is no evidence to adduce, and whether or not the man himself committed the murders there is now none to say.
Article of the Day

The Phonograph Cylinder

The first machine to reproduce recorded sound, the phonograph, was built by Thomas Edison in 1877. Edison's "records," as they were called, were first made of tin foil wrapped around cylinders. Since tin foil was not a practical recording medium for everyday use and commercial production, cylinders made of wax, and later plastic, were introduced and dominated the market until the advent of disc records in the early 20th century. What band released a track on wax cylinder in 2010? More...
This Day in History

Ankara Replaces Istanbul as Capital of Turkey (1923)

Ankara was an important commercial center for millennia, but in the late 19th century it experienced a decline. By the early 20th century, it was just a small town known primarily for its mohair production. After WWI, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk made Ankara the seat of his provisional nationalist government. In 1923, it replaced Istanbul as Turkey's capital, partly to break with tradition and partly because of its central location. Who, according to Phrygian lore, founded the city in about 1000 BCE? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillie Langtry (1853)

Born on the Isle of Jersey, Emilie Charlotte Le Breton married diplomat Edward Langtry in 1874. A famous beauty, she caused a sensation when she became the first society woman to go on the stage, making her debut at the Haymarket theater in 1881 after her husband failed financially. "Jersey Lily," as she became known, played to enthusiastic audiences in England and the US and later remodeled and managed London's Imperial Theatre. With what future monarch was Langtry once romantically involved? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have had (one's) chips

To be defeated; to fail completely; to die or be killed. A reference to chips (small plastic disks) used to make wagers when gambling. More...
Today's Holiday

National Fire Prevention Week (2016)

October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order. More...
In the News

Drop in Tuberculosis-Related Illness and Death

The World Health Organization is reporting that, for the first time, the number of people falling ill with tuberculosis (TB) has declined. In 2005, 9 million people became ill with TB. Last year, that number dropped to 8.8 million. The number of deaths from TB also declined in 2010, reaching its lowest level in a decade. Still, a lack of funding, particularly in the fight against multidrug-resistant TB, could derail the progress made against the disease. More...
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