Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

diggings

Definition:(noun) Temporary living quarters.
Synonyms:domiciliation, lodgings, pad
Usage: We were tired and hungry…and when we got to Datchet we took out the hamper, the two bags, and the rugs and coats…and started off to look for diggings.
Article of the Day

The Printing Press

The printing press is widely regarded as one of the most important inventions of the second millennium, one that revolutionized people's access to information and ushered in the modern age. Johannes Gutenberg, the first European to print using movable type and a press, is generally credited with the development of the process that remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century. Which of his printed works, completed by 1455, are perhaps the most valuable books in the world? More...
This Day in History

Plane Carrying Jazz Musician Glenn Miller Disappears (1944)

Miller was an American swing-era jazz musician and bandleader and one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942. A freelance musician in New York City, Miller formed his own big band in 1938, earning fame for songs like "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and entertained the troops as leader of the US Air Force band. While flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared over the English Channel. Miller was never found. What may have happened to the plane? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832)

Eiffel was a French engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower as the entrance arch for the for the 1889 Paris Exhibition. Though it was supposed to be dismantled after the fair, the tower became a landmark and is today the world's most visited paid monument. Prior to this massive undertaking, Eiffel established his reputation by constructing a series of ambitious railway bridges, including the span across the Douro at Oporto, Portugal. In 1881, he designed the internal framework for what structure? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2015)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
In the News

Total Cell Phone Ban Recommended for US Drivers

Thousands of people are killed in the US each year as a result of distracted driving. To try and combat this, the Nati onal Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a federal investigatory board whose mandate is to ensure safe public transportation, is calling for a complete ban on the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving. If adopted, the ban would outlaw non-emergency phone calls, even those made using a hands-free device, and texting by vehicle operators. More...
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