Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 4, 2013)
Word of the Day

depute

Definition:(verb) Transfer power to someone.
Synonyms:delegate
Usage: She deputes her father, the grand vizier, to make an offer to the king of her hand.
Article of the Day

The Snowy Owl

Easily recognized by its snow-white plumage, the snowy owl is most commonly found in the Arctic tundra but is sometimes seen in Europe, Asia, and North America. It is even the official bird of Quebec. The large owl has broad wings, a round head, and may have some dark markings. After snowy owl eggs hatch, both parents feed and protect their young. Their alarm call is almost like a bark, and they often clap their beaks when threatened. What popular book series features a snowy owl? More...
This Day in History

First Run of the Orient Express (1883)

Synonymous with intrigue and luxury, the legendary Orient Express was a passenger train that ran from Paris to Istanbul for more than 80 years. Europe's first transcontinental express train, it covered over 1,700 miles (2,740 km), and its lavishly furnished cars became the symbol of glamour for Europeans. It was discontinued in 1977 and revived in 1982 to run between London and Venice as the "Venice Simplon Orient Express." An alluring backdrop for writers, the train line appears in what novels? More...
Today's Birthday

Damon Runyon (1884)

Runyon was an American short story writer and journalist. He served in the Spanish-American War as a teenager and moved to New York in 1911, where he began to write humorous stories about the city's hoodlums, racketeers, bookies, and other underworld characters. The stories are written in a picturesque, slangy journalistic idiom often referred to as "Runyonese" or "Runyonesque." What famous musical is based on a collection of his stories about a racy section of Broadway? More...
Quotation of the Day
Are not there little chapters in everybody's life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Lesotho Independence Day (2015)

Formerly Basutoland, the Kingdom of Lesotho was formally granted its independence from Great Britain on this day in 1966. It had been a British colony since the 1860s. Before the flag-changing ceremonies at midnight to symbolize Lesotho's new autonomy, a colorful procession took place as King Moshoeshoe II (b. 1938) paraded in full regalia leading 100 chiefs into the capital city of Maseru. More...
In the News

Car Chase, Shooting Outside US Capitol

The United States Capitol was briefly locked down and Congress members inside instructed to shelter in place yesterday when shots were fired outside the building. It appears that a female driver struck security barricades near the White House, possibly in an attempt to ram through them, then fled the scene, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended with gunfire outside the Capitol. A number of people were hurt, including at least one law enforcement officer injured in a crash during the chase. The suspect was shot and possibly killed by police. A 1-year-old child in the car was reportedly unharmed. More...
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