Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

tuneful

Definition:(adjective) Having a musical sound; especially a pleasing tune.
Synonyms:melodious
Usage: Melodic and tuneful, his songs made me weep.
Article of the Day

Jacques Bénigne Bossuet

Bossuet was a French prelate and one of the greatest orators of all time. Ordained a priest in 1652, he gained a reputation as a popular preacher who spoke eloquently and influentially for the rights of the French church against papal authority. He is now chiefly remembered for his Funeral Orations, panegyrics he composed for important figures like Henrietta of England, her daughter, and Condé, which are considered masterpieces. Which member of the French royal family did Bossuet tutor? More...
This Day in History

Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon (1969)

In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study. What were Conrad's first words when he set foot on the lunar surface? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Seghers (1900)

Born Netty Reiling, Seghers was a German novelist. She won fame with her first novel of social protest, The Revolt of the Fishermen, but in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. In Mexico, she wrote The Seventh Cross, a poignant story of escape from a concentration camp. Other works include Transit and a study of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. After World War II she settled in East Berlin. Who starred in the film version of The Seventh Cross in 1944? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man dies as often as he loses his friends.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

golden ticket

A person, thing, quality, ability, or accomplishment that provides a reliable opportunity for great financial or personal success. More...
Today's Holiday

Equal Opportunity Day (2016)

At the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in southern Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This 270-word speech is considered one of the greatest in American history. Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln's address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Sometimes, this day is referred to as "Gettysburg Address Day." More...
In the News

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

A stiff breeze may be all it takes to shake free the white down of a dandelion, but there is now at least one material that can perch upon one without disturbing its fluff. Touted as the world's lightest material, the substance is made out of tiny hollow metallic tubes arranged into a micro-lattice and is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. Because of its lattice design, the material is actually 99.99 percent air, but it is also quite strong. The novel material could one day be used in items like batteries and shock absorbers. More...
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