Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

bric-a-brac

Definition:(noun) Small, usually ornamental objects valued for their antiquity, rarity, originality, or sentimental associations.
Synonyms:knickknackery, whatnot
Usage: The realtor recommended that I pack away some of my bric-a-brac before showing the apartment to potential buyers.
Article of the Day

Iranian Space Agency

The Iranian government established the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) in 2003. Just two years later, it declared that it would allocate $500 million to the ISA. Though Western nations have expressed concern, fearing that Iran's rapid advancement in space technology will improve its military capabilities, the ISA's most noteworthy space venture to date was launching a rocket containing living organisms—a rodent, two turtles, and several worms—into space in 2010. Did the animals survive the trip? 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
Before I do anything I feel that I have choice, and that influences what I do; but afterwards, when the thing is done, I believe that it was inevitable from all eternity.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

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

Police Hunt for Gunman in Paris

A manhunt is underway in Paris for the gunman who critically injured a photographer at the offices of the newspaper Libération and opened fire outside the Société Générale bank's headquarters yesterday before hijacking a car and forcing its driver to take him to the Champs Élysées. Authorities suspect he is the same man who broke into the Paris offices of BFMTV, a 24-hour news channel, on Friday and fired into the reception area. Neither the suspect nor his motive has yet been identified. More...
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