Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

pertinacity

Definition:(noun) Persistent determination.
Synonyms:doggedness, perseverance, persistency, tenacity
Usage: Again and again...with the inexorable pertinacity of a child...did he renew his efforts.
Article of the Day

ALH84001

ALH84001 is a Martian meteorite that was found in Allan Hills, Antarctica, in 1984. It made headlines in 1996, when it was announced that it could contain trace evidence of Martian life in the form of fossils of bacteria-like life forms. There has since been much debate about whether the structures in question are truly evidence of extraterrestrial life. Some believe that the microfossils resulted from contamination by earthly biofilms. How long was ALH84001 on Earth before it was discovered? More...
This Day in History

The Jazz Singer Premieres (1927)

In the 1920s, filmmakers began experimenting with sound effects and music in films. With about 15 minutes of dialogue and songs, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length film to have synchronized dialogue. Based on the earlier stage play, the film was a landmark in the history of motion pictures, and its release heralded the commercial ascendance of "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era. The first all-talking picture was released a year later. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Christophe (1767)

A freed slave, Christophe was a Haitian revolutionary leader who was army chief under Jean-Jacques Dessalines. When Dessalines declared himself emperor, Christophe took part in a successful plot against his life and was elected president of the republic. In 1811, Christophe declared himself king of North Haiti—as Henri I—and created an autocracy patterned after the absolute monarchies of Europe. Engaging in a tyrannical reign, Christophe surrounded himself with lavish wealth. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

German-American Day (2015)

Descendants of the earliest German settlers have observed October 6 as German Pioneer Day or German Settlement Day since 1908, but it wasn't until 1987 that October 6 was formally designated German-American Day by President Ronald Reagan. It is often observed by attending events that promote an understanding of the contributions of German immigrants—for example, lectures on German history, art, music, and literature; exhibits featuring German artifacts; performances of German music; and church services that acknowledge German-American members of the congregation. More...
In the News

Nobel Winner Died Days before Award Announcement

When the Nobel Prize committee announced Monday that Ralph Steinman was one of the winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it did not know that he had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer days earlier. He had been selected for his "discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity," findings which he had used to extend his own life following his cancer diagnosis. Though rules prevent Nobel Prizes from being awarded posthumously, Steinman's will not be withdrawn given the circumstances, and he has therefore become the first person in half a century to win a posthumous Nobel Prize. More...
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