Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

abbess

Definition:(noun) The superior of a group of nuns.
Synonyms:mother superior, prioress
Usage: The abbess welcomed the novice to the convent with a warm smile, putting her immediately at ease.
Article of the Day

The Russo-Japanese War

The Russo-Japanese War was a conflict that grew out of the rival imperial designs of Russia and Japan on Manchuria and Korea. After Russia reneged on an agreement to withdraw from Manchuria, Japan broke off negotiations and attacked, scoring a series of quick victories. With the signing of the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth, Japan gained the position of a world power, becoming the first non-European and non-American modern imperialist state. The disastrous outcome for Russia helped spark what event? More...
This Day in History

UNESCO Founded (1945)

Established in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to further peace by acting as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and by improving education, especially supporting efforts to eliminate illiteracy. In 1972, it helped establish the World Heritage program, which promotes government protection for cultural sites and natural areas. Why did the US and the UK withdraw from UNESCO in the mid-1980s? More...
Today's Birthday

W. C. Handy (1873)

Largely self-taught, Handy was American songwriter and band leader who began his career as a cornet player in a minstrel show in 1896. He later organized various small bands and was among the first to publish blues sheet music, rising to prominence with his Memphis Blues. In 1918, he moved from Memphis to New York City and remained active as a writer and publisher of music, in spite of growing blindness, until shortly before his death. What are some of Handy's most famous songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2015)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916. Since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
In the News

Gamers' Brains May Be More Rewarding

Brain scans show that teens who regularly play video games have a higher volume of grey matter in the "reward hub" of their brains, the ventral striatum. This area of the brain is typically activated when people anticipate or experience pleasure and has been implicated in drug addiction. Researchers have not yet determined whether frequent gaming triggers these changes in the brain or whether people with a greater volume of grey matter in the ventral striatum are naturally more drawn to video games. More...
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