Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

charlatan

Definition:(noun) A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
Synonyms:mountebank
Usage: In a somber tone, the charlatan proclaimed that he could cure the woman with only a banana peel—for a small fee, of course.
Article of the Day

Ilan Ramon

Ramon was Israel's first astronaut. As a pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he fought in the Yom Kippur War and took part in the bombing of Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor. He went on to serve as payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and was killed when the craft disintegrated during re-entry. Despite being a secular Jew, Ramon reportedly observed Jewish law while in space, feeling he represented "all Jews and all Israelis." Which of his belongings survived the shuttle crash? 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
Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

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

Stinky Problem Could Soon Spread to UK

The brown marmorated stink bug, an agricultural pest native to the Far East, has already invaded North America and parts of Europe and could soon be making itself at home in the UK. It is likely only a matter of time, as two stink bugs have already been found on imported timber bound for the UK. The bugs are so named because they emit a foul smell when threatened. Worse than their smell, perhaps, is the damage they can do to fruit and vegetable crops. More...
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