Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

open-eyed

Definition:(adjective) Carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger.
Synonyms:vigilant, wakeful, argus-eyed
Usage: Natasha...got into bed, and long after her candle was out lay open-eyed and motionless, gazing at the moonlight through the frosty windowpanes.
Article of the Day

Portrait of Madame X

American painter John Singer Sargent, at one time the world's most famous and highly paid portrait painter, is best known for his portraits of American and English social celebrities. In 1884, before he had achieved acclaim, a scandal erupted when he exhibited Portrait of Madame X in Paris. In it, socialite Madame Gautreau is shown wearing a low-cut gown that critics deemed erotic. Paris was offended, Gautreau refused the painting, and Sargent moved to London. Where is the painting today? More...
This Day in History

Mother Teresa Beatified (2003)

Born Agnes Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was an Albanian Roman Catholic missionary famous for her work among the poor in India. She first went to India at 17, becoming a nun and teaching school in Calcutta. In 1948, she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. What would be needed for her to be declared a saint? More...
Today's Birthday

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown (1876)

Nicknamed "Three Finger" by the press because a farming accident in his youth cost him parts of two fingers on his right hand, Brown was one of the top Major League Baseball pitchers at the turn of the 20th century. He used his injury to his advantage, developing a unique grip on the ball that produced an unusual amount of spin, baffling batters. Over the course of his major league career, Brown won 239 games and lost just 130. With what team did he win two World Series championships? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2015)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
In the News

World's First Malaria Vaccine Could Save Millions

For decades, scientists have worked to eradicate malaria, an infectious parasitic disease that kills more than a million people each year, but had little success developing an effective vaccine until now. Preliminary results of a phase 3 clinical trial for a vaccine known as RTS,S, or Mosquirix, suggest that it could cut the number of malaria cases in half. The trial is ongoing, but data from the first 6,000 children, all between 5 and 17 months of age, showed about a 50 percent reduction in malaria cases in the 12-month period following vaccination. More...
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