Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

cache

Definition:(noun) A secret store of valuables or money.
Synonyms:hoard, stash
Usage: In case of an emergency, I have a small cache of money and weapons hidden in the shed.
Article of the Day

Dr. Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician who wrote Baby and Child Care, a perennial bestseller published in 1946. Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis, and his revolutionary message to mothers was, "You know more than you think you do." Retiring in 1967, he spent much of the next quarter-century living and sailing on boats, though he did serve as the People's Party candidate for president in 1972. What extensive changes did he help bring about in child care? More...
This Day in History

French King Louis XIII Crowned in Rheims (1610)

At the age of nine, Louis XIII succeeded his father, Henry IV, under the regency of his mother, Marie de' Medici. Even after Louis was declared of age in 1614, his mother arranged his marriage to Anne of Austria in 1615 and continued to govern until 1617. Resentful of her power, Louis exiled her, but the two were reconciled by her principal adviser Cardinal Richelieu, whom Louis later named chief minister. Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu are among the central characters of what novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Rita Hayworth (1918)

Margarita Cansino began her show business career as a child, dancing flamenco with her well-known father, Eduardo. After taking acting lessons, changing her last name to Hayworth, and dying her hair its trademark red, she began her acting career. Her appearance in a series of musicals made her a star, and her role in Gilda confirmed her status as a Hollywood sex symbol, making her one of the most popular wartime pinups. Hayworth's picture is rumored to have been placed on what weapon? More...
Quotation of the Day
Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Sweetest Day (2015)

More than 40 years ago, a man from Cleveland came up with the idea of showing the city's orphans and shut-ins that they hadn't been forgotten by distributing small gifts to them on a Saturday in October. The celebration of what came to be called Sweetest Day soon spread to Detroit and other American cities. Although it is still supposed to be an occasion to remember others with a kind act, a word of encouragement, or a long-overdue letter, local merchants in cities where Sweetest Day is observed usually get together and promote the day as a time to purchase gifts. More...
In the News

"Bubble Boys" Lose Bubbles Thanks to Gene Therapy

Historically, patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), an often fatal congenital disorder in which the cells involved in immune responses fail to work properly, have been kept in isolation in a sterile environment to protect them from infection. Currently, the only long-term treatment for so-called bubble boy disease is a bone marrow transplant, but an experimental gene therapy is showing promise for boys with X-linked SCID. Of the nine babies given the treatment, six developed immune systems capable of fighting off infection. More...
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