Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

bestir

Definition:(verb) To cause to become active.
Synonyms:rouse
Usage: If nobody knows the address, you must still bestir yourself in trying to find it.
Article of the Day

The Blue Angels

In 1946, the US Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, performed for the first time. Intended to enhance Navy recruiting and to represent American armed forces as international ambassadors of good will, the Blue Angels perform aerial demonstrations involving highly precise maneuvers while flying in formation. During the stunts, the jets can sometimes come within 18 inches of each other. Why is it that pilots in the Blue Angels squadron do not wear G-suits? More...
This Day in History

The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald's rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. What later reports questioned its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor's death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized. What happened when Cixi's son died in 1875? More...
Quotation of the Day
Mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

good enough to eat

To have an extremely beautiful or aesthetically pleasing appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (2016)

In 1977, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On December 1, 2000, the Assembly reaffirmed the UN's responsibility to work towards the peaceful creation of a Palestinian homeland and lauded those countries that observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. More...
In the News

Woman Loses Custody of Obese Son

Officials in Ohio placed an 8-year-old boy in foster care last month because his mother failed to control his ballooning weight, which had surpassed 200 lb (91 kg). The mother stands accused of failing to take the proper measures to control her son's weight, an infraction officials have categorized as "medical neglect." While supporters say that the health dangers associated with obesity necessitate such extreme action, opponents say the practice could cause irreparable emotional harm to children and fails to address other factors that contribute to obesity. More...
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