Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

hideaway

Definition:(noun) An area where you can be alone.
Synonyms:retreat
Usage: During the summers, we leave the city behind and get some much-needed rest and relaxation at our secluded mountain hideaway.
Article of the Day

Trench Warfare

Although trenches were used in ancient and medieval warfare, they are mainly associated with WWI. Because the introduction of rapid-firing artillery made the infantry charges of earlier wars virtually impossible, opposing sides attacked and defended from sets of trenches dug into the ground in zigzag patterns. The advent of mechanized warfare made it possible to circumvent these defenses, however, and trench warfare was little used in WWII. In what more recent wars was it nevertheless employed? More...
This Day in History

Iran Hostage Crisis Begins (1979)

In 1979, an Islamic revolutionary government overthrew Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran. When the exiled shah was admitted to the US for medical treatment, a crowd of about 500 seized the US embassy in Tehran, demanding the shah's extradition. US President Jimmy Carter halted Iranian oil imports and froze Iranian assets, but his diplomatic initiatives proved fruitless, and a US rescue mission failed. Fifty-two hostages were held for 444 days until the end of the crisis in 1981. How did it end? More...
Today's Birthday

Guido Reni (1575)

Reni was an Italian painter and engraver whose style was influenced by his rival, Caravaggio. Reni was apprenticed to Flemish painter Denis Calvaert as a boy and by 23 had been commissioned by the government to execute decorative frescoes for the facade of the Palazzo Pubblico. Shortly thereafter, he made the first of his many trips to Rome, where he executed many important commissions, including the celebrated ceiling fresco Aurora. What are some of Reni's other well-known works? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have the goods on (someone)

To have incriminating evidence or proof against someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Tonga National Day (2016)

Located in the Pacific Ocean some 1,250 miles north of New Zealand, the island nation of Tonga consists of about 150 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. With a population of about 120,000, Tonga is ruled by a royal family that goes back to 1831. On November 4, 1875, King George Tupou I gave his consent to the constitution of the new nation of Tonga. Celebrated for many years as Tonga Constitution Day, the holiday was renamed by the government in 2006 as Tonga National Day and pronounced as an occasion to celebrate the country's heritage as a whole. More...
In the News

SARS Likely Started in Bats

Researchers believe the deadly SARS virus that emerged in China in 2002 and quickly spread around the globe, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 800 of them in just months, originated in bats. Two novel SARS-like coronaviruses that closely resemble the one responsible for the 2002-2003 outbreak have been identified in Chinese horseshoe bats. The way in which these newly identified pathogens infect bats is the same as the way they infect human cells, suggesting that coronaviruses could be directly transferred from bats to people and that this is how the SARS epidemic began. More...
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