Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

so-called

Definition:(adjective) Doubtful or suspect.
Synonyms:alleged, supposed
Usage: The so-called master detective tripped over the murder weapon just as he was declaring the case insolvable.
Article of the Day

Zamyatin's We

Written in the early 1920s by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin, We was not published in the Soviet Union until 1988. Said to be the literary ancestor of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984, it is an early dystopian novel in which humans are given numbers instead of names and individuality has been eradicated. The main character, D-503, becomes involved with a resistance group that tries to take down the totalitarian state in which they live. What happens? 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
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

Multiple Fatalities in Connecticut School Shooting

A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning, killing 26 people, including 20 children. The alleged shooter, who is said to have been in his 20s, was found dead at the scene. He was reported to have been a son of a kindergarten teacher at the school who is believed to be among those who were killed. The shooting is one of the worst in US history. More...
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