Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

intercede

Definition:(verb) Act between parties with a view to reconciling differences.
Synonyms:arbitrate, liaise, mediate
Usage: When I saw my poor brother led away to imprisonment, I attempted to leap down into the Council Chamber, desiring to intercede on his behalf, or at least bid him farewell.
Article of the Day

Somersett's Case

The Abolition Act of 1833 may have abolished slavery in the British Empire, but the first step toward abolition was taken 60 years earlier in 1772, in a famous judgment known as Somersett's Case. In it, the Court of King's Bench held that without a law permitting slavery in England, courts could not uphold a slaveholder's claim to a slave. Although the decision did not state that slavery was illegal, it set a precedent that altered the course of slavery in England and abroad. Who was Somersett? More...
This Day in History

Italian Public Administrator Enrico Mattei Dies in Plane Crash (1962)

After World War II, Mattei was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency, a Fascist state enterprise. Instead, Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI), or National Fuel Trust. Under his direction, ENI developed large deposits of natural gas in Italy and negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East. Mattei became a powerful figure in Italy before he died in a plane crash in 1962. What conspiracy theories exist about his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvia Plath (1932)

American poet Sylvia Plath excelled as a writer from an early age and published her first poem at eight. She attempted suicide while in college but underwent electroshock treatment and seemingly recovered from her breakdown. In 1956, she wed poet Ted Hughes, whom she met while attending Cambridge on a Fulbright grant. Shortly after they separated in 1962, Plath committed suicide. Her literary reputation grew rapidly after her death, and she became the first poet to win what prize posthumously? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case he or she needs assistance. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence and Thanksgiving Day (2016)

A group of islands in the West Indies, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain on October 27, 1979, and its citizens celebrate their freedom with this national holiday. More...
In the News

Flu Vaccine Less Effective than Previously Thought

Millions of people get flu shots each year, but researchers now say that the vaccines may be less effective than previously thought. In the past, it was reported that the flu vaccine most commonly used in the US is effective in 70 to 90 percent of healthy adults, yet an analysis of numerous studies published in the last 40 years finds that it is effective in just 59 percent. Furthermore, there is insufficient data regarding its effectiveness in the two groups most at risk from flu-related illness—children and the elderly. More...
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