Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

sanctify

Definition:(verb) Render holy by means of religious rites.
Synonyms:hallow, bless, consecrate
Usage: Though they are comfortable with the fact that their marriage has not been sanctified in a Christian church, their parents are not.
Article of the Day

The Pan-American Highway

Stretching some 30,000 mi (48,000 km), the Pan-American Highway is a system of roads connecting North and South America. Originally conceived as a single route in 1923, it was financed by the US during the 1940s and 1950s and grew to include a number of designated highways in participating countries, extending from Alaska and Canada to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. However, the system is far from uniform; some stretches are passable only during the dry season, and there are gaps where? More...
This Day in History

Cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial Is Laid (1939)

The construction of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 1934. In 1939, US President Franklin Roosevelt presided over a ceremony during which the cornerstone of the monument was laid. Completed and dedicated in 1943, the white marble building, designed by John Russell Pope, is a circular structure with a domed ceiling, surrounded by 26 columns. Inside is a bronze statue of Jefferson. Why was a temporary plaster statue initially erected there? More...
Today's Birthday

Felix Frankfurter (1882)

Frankfurter was a US Supreme Court justice and presidential adviser. He served as secretary of war under President William H. Taft, advised President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on many New Deal programs. In 1939, Roosevelt named him to the Supreme Court, where he served until 1962. In 1920, Frankfurter helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and argued in favor of what infamous pair of defendants? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art...is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

glad tidings

Favorable, beneficial, or happy news. Usually used with the verbs "give" or "bring." More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the German-Speaking Community (2016)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. This day is an occasion for German speakers to celebrate their ethnic heritage and political autonomy. To mark the occasion, regional flags are hung from public buildings in the German-speaking region as well as at locations outside the region with affiliations to the German-speaking community. This holiday falls on the same date as the King's Birthday, a celebration of Leopold I (1790–1865) that has special relevance for the community. More...
In the News

Doctors Turning to Deep Hypothermia for Trauma Patients

When dealing with trauma patients, doctors are often in a race against the clock. Many trauma victims simply bleed to death before doctors are able to treat their injuries. Inducing extreme hypothermia in these patients, however, could buy doctors some time. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patients who have lost so much blood that their hearts have stopped beating will soon be candidates for an experimental hypothermia treatment that involves bringing their body temperatures down to as low as 50 degrees. Trauma surgeons hope that the treatment will stave off brain and organ damage long enough for them to patch up and revive these patients. More...
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