Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

whitlow

Definition:(noun) A purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail.
Synonyms:felon
Usage: What began as a small cut on his finger soon developed into a painful whitlow.
Article of the Day

Howard Baskerville

Baskerville was an American teacher and Presbyterian missionary who led a group of student soldiers against Mohammad Ali Shah during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in the early 20th century. He is thus often referred to as the "American Lafayette in Iran"—a reference to the French military officer who participated in the American Revolution. He was shot and killed 9 days after his 24th birthday in 1909. What did Persian artisans create in recognition of his courage and sacrifice? 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
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

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...
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In the News

'Roundest known space object' identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature. Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that's more than twice the size of the Sun. Researchers were able to show that the difference between its radius as ... More...
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