Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

diffident

Definition:(adjective) Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
Synonyms:unsure
Usage: Because she was only a first-year student, she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture.
Article of the Day

Madame Nhu

The sister-in-law of the unwed president of South Vietnam, Madame Nhu was the country's de facto First Lady from 1955 to 1963. A Catholic by conversion, she pushed for the passage of "morality laws" outlawing, among other things, abortion, contraceptives, dance halls, and beauty pageants. The Buddhist majority resented the leadership's imposition of Catholic values, and the family was eventually forced from power in a coup. Why was Madame Nhu nicknamed "The Dragon Lady"? More...
This Day in History

Kristallnacht (1938)

In 1938, using the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris as a pretext, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels urged violent reprisals against Jews. The resulting pogrom left 91 Jews dead and hundreds injured. Some 30,000 Jewish males were arrested and taken to concentration camps, and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues were destroyed. The incident marked a major escalation in the Nazi program of Jewish persecution, foreshadowing the Holocaust. Why is it called Kristallnacht? More...
Today's Birthday

Hedy Lamarr (1913)

Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress known primarily for her beauty and her successful film career—including her role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. However, she also co-invented an early form of spread spectrum encoding—intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder to detect or jam—in the 1940s with her neighbor, composer George Antheil. They patented the technology in 1942, but it did not come into use until later. Who introduced Lamarr to military technology? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal (2015)

In Pakistan, November 9 is a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a famous Pakistani poet and philosopher. Iqbal was born in the city of Sialkot in the Punjab province of Pakistan on November 9, 1877. On this day, a number of functions are held to honor the great poet. Many educational institutions sponsor programs that showcase his life and achievements. In addition to the main function at Iqbal's tomb, the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi exhibits Iqbal's personal belongings, including his costumes, books, and publications. More...
In the News

Wi-Fi Hotspots Today: One for Every 150 People

Today, there is one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people on Earth, and over the next four years, the number of hotspots is projected to grow considerably, bringing the ratio closer to one for every 20 people. These numbers do not paint a completely accurate picture though, as hotspots are not evenly distributed around the globe. Currently, Europe has the most Wi-Fi hotspots of any continent, but Asia is expected to overtake it by 2018. And while North America is projected to have one hotspot for every four people in 2018, Africa will have only one for every 408 people. More...
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