Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 1, 2012)
Word of the Day

lying-in

Definition:(noun) Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.
Synonyms:childbed, confinement, parturiency, travail, labor
Usage: After seven hours of lying-in, Carol gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
Article of the Day

The Gentleman's Magazine

The word magazine once referred not to a type of periodical, but to a storehouse. Then, in 1731, Edward Cave founded The Gentleman's Magazine. Considered the first English-language magazine in the modern sense of the word, the London-based publication was a monthly "storehouse" of news and commentary. It reached a wide audience with its extensive distribution system and remained in print for nearly 200 years. What famous writer found his first writing job at the magazine? More...
This Day in History

Our Lady of the Angels School Fire (1958)

Shortly before classes were dismissed on December 1, 1958, a fire broke out at the foot of a stairway in the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, Illinois. A total of 92 students and 3 nuns died and another 100 were seriously injured when smoke, heat, and fire cut off their normal means of escape. Many perished jumping from second-floor windows. The tragedy dominated headlines and led to nationwide changes to school fire safety regulations. How is the fire thought to have started? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Virginia Martin (1913)

Martin was an American musical comedy star. She co-owned a dance school in her native Texas before moving in 1938 to New York City, where she earned a small part in the musical Leave It To Me, winning widespread popularity with her buoyant singing voice and high-spirited temperament. She went on to star in several enormously successful musicals, including South Pacific, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music, as well as a number of films. Who is Martin's famous son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

World AIDS Day (2015)

In order to promote more social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the World Health Organization (WHO) declared December 1 as World AIDS Day in 1988. Every year, various global agencies take the lead in coordinating this day and in educating people about HIV/AIDS. In the United States, local communities, organizations, and schools have observed World AIDS Day by disseminating education and prevention materials and holding candlelight memorial services, among many other events. More...
In the News

UN Approves Recognition of Sovereign Palestinian State

Despite the objections of the US and Israel, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of granting the Palestinians non-member observer state status, effectively recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state. The assembly voted 138 to 9 in favor, with 41 abstentions. Symbolically, the vote came 65 years to the day after the UN adopted a resolution partitioning the British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one of which was Israel. Opponents of the measure say it will only further hinder peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but for now the Palestinians are simply celebrating their newfound status. More...
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