Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 04, 2015)
Word of the Day

bellicose

Definition:(adjective) Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.
Synonyms:battleful, combative, contentious
Usage: She had always found him to be bellicose and was not surprised when he was expelled from the military academy for his belligerent and violent behavior.
Article of the Day

Ibn Battuta

In 1325, Ibn Battuta embarked on an extraordinary 75,000-mile (120,675-km) journey via Mecca to Egypt, East Africa, India, and China. He set out at age 21 and returned home some 30 years later. No other medieval traveler is known to have journeyed so extensively. The details of his travels are recorded in a narrative titled The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. His inventions and academic work are also renowned. What nearly cost Ibn Battuta his life en route to China? 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
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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

Can Dutch Chimps Pick up a Scottish Accent? Scientists Aren't So Sure.

Can chimpanzees learn new accents? A widely-covered study published in February that suggested that primates can adapt their grunts to match those of new neighbors in new places is now being questioned by a group of primatologists.The original study ... More...
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