Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

downcast

Definition:(adjective) Filled with melancholy and despondency.
Synonyms:low-spirited, gloomy, dispirited, blue, depressed, grim
Usage: He walked through the door with a glum, downcast expression, and I knew without asking that the interview had not gone well.
Article of the Day

The Spanish Civil War

From 1936 to 1939, the Spanish Civil War raged as General Francisco Franco's Nationalists overthrew the republican government. Franco's forces were aided by Germany and Italy, who used Spain as a test site for blitzkrieg warfare on the eve of World War II. Fierce and bloody skirmishes characterized the war of attrition, which claimed 500,000 lives. The war's end brought a period of dictatorship that lasted until the mid-1970s. Deemed the first "media war," it was covered by which famous authors? 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
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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

Northern Darwin's Frog Not the Fittest

During his 19th-century around-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, famed British naturalist Charles Darwin made numerous discoveries that helped him formulate his theories of evolution. One of the creatures he discovered during this voyage, the Darwin's frog, escapes predators by camouflaging itself as a dead leaf. However, this evolutionary advantage was not enough to save it. Researchers suspect that a fungal disease called chytridiomycosis wiped out the northern Darwin's frog species completely and is also killing off large numbers of the southern species. This could be one of only a few known examples of extinction by infection. More...
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