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

Jay's Treaty Signed (1794)

When unsettled controversies with England in the aftermath of the American Revolution threatened to involve the US in another war, President George Washington named Chief Justice John Jay as an envoy for the negotiation of a treaty. The agreement, concluded in 1794 and known as Jay's Treaty, averted war between the two nations, solved many outstanding issues, and opened 10 years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars. How was the treaty received in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)

A French diplomat and engineer, Lesseps conceived the idea of the Suez Canal while serving in Egypt. He supervised the construction and achieved world renown for the project. In 1878, he became president of the company formed to construct the Panama Canal, but lack of funds forced the project into bankruptcy amid charges of corruption. He was brought to trial for misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison but was later cleared. What monument did Lesseps present to the US in 1884? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man dies as often as he loses his friends.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Great American Smokeout (2015)

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. 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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