Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

gibe

Definition:(noun) A derisive or provoking remark.
Synonyms:barb, dig, shot
Usage: The referee heard the gibes from the crowd, but, ever the professional, ignored them.
Article of the Day

Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh is a resort city overlooking the Strait of Tiran, near the southern tip of Sinai at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba. Strategically important, it was captured by Israel during the Sinai conflict of 1956 and restored to Egypt in 1957. During the 1967 Six Day War, Israel recaptured the city, returning it in 1982. Today, Sharm el-Sheikh's major industry is tourism, due to the city's dramatic landscape, pleasant climate, and beautiful beaches. What shocked the town in December 2010? More...
This Day in History

Seabiscuit Defeats War Admiral in the "Match of the Century" (1938)

Seabiscuit was a famous thoroughbred racehorse. As a colt, he was undersized, knobby kneed, and given to sleeping and eating. He failed to win any of his first races and became the butt of stable jokes. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, he began to win a number of prestigious and unlikely races, becoming a symbol of hope to many Americans. Then, in a race dubbed the "Match of the Century," he met War Admiral, who had won the elusive Triple Crown, and defeated him by what margin? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Crane (1871)

Often classified as the first modern American writer, Crane was among the first to introduce realism into American literature. He achieved international fame with his masterwork, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts the psychological turmoil of a young Civil War soldier. While traveling as a war correspondent, Crane survived a shipwreck and ended up adrift in a dinghy. This ordeal inspired him to write the acclaimed story "The Open Boat." What took his life when he was just 28? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Today's Holiday

National Author's Day (2015)

The idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors came from Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement (Illinois) Women's Club in 1928. In 1949, the day was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sue Cole, McPherson's granddaughter, was largely responsible for promoting the observation of National Author's Day after her grandmother's death in 1968. She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on this day to "brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer." More...
In the News

Fragment of Earhart's Plane Possibly Found

The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance may be a mystery no longer. A team researching the fate of the daring American aviatrix who vanished during a 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe now says that a slab of aluminum found on an uninhabited Pacific island in 1991 came from her aircraft. Many are skeptical about the claim, as there are no identifying markings on the sheet of metal and it does not appear to have been a standard part of the type of plane she was piloting. However, the researchers believe it had been installed as a patch on Earhart's plane. More...
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