Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

rend

Definition:(verb) To tear or split apart or into pieces violently.
Synonyms:rip, rive
Usage: The widow began to rend her clothes in grief.
Article of the Day

Bebop

Bebop is a jazz style characterized by harmonic complexity, overlapping melodic lines, and frequent shifting of rhythm—which its name mimics. It emerged in the 1940s as a group of musicians—including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker—rejected conventional swing to pioneer an extension of improvised jazz. In the 1950s, two genres grew out of bebop: the aggressive style of hard bop and the understated approach of cool jazz. What does "dropping bombs" mean in a bebop arrangement? 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
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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

Remains of Last Cruise Ship Victim Likely Found

Salvage workers have recovered human remains believed to be those of the last remaining missing victim of the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster. Thirty-two people died when the cruise ship hit a reef and capsized off the Italian island of Giglio. All of the dead had been recovered in the nearly three years since, save for Russel Rebello, an Indian waiter working on the ship. DNA testing will be used to confirm that the remains are indeed those of Rebello, but those involved with the case, including the victim's family, are confident that he has finally been found. More...
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