Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

kowtow

Definition:(verb) Try to gain favor by cringing or flattering.
Synonyms:bootlick, toady, truckle, fawn, suck up
Usage: Josh was next in line for a promotion, but he refused to kowtow to his superiors, and they ultimately chose the suck-up who sat in the cubicle to his right.
Article of the Day

Capability Brown

Brown was an English landscape gardener known for designing gardens that broke with the French formal tradition. Brown instead favored a distinctively English style of grandly picturesque, natural-looking, and asymmetrically structured landscapes replete with groves of trees, expansive lawns, meandering streams, and sylvan lakes. In 1749, he became a consulting gardener and earned his nickname by often telling clients that their properties had "capabilities." What was his real first name? More...
This Day in History

The New York Air Disaster (1960)

On a snowy day in 1960, two airliners destined for different airports collided over Staten Island, New York. Trans World Airlines Flight 266 crashed into Staten Island and United Airlines Flight 826 crashed into a Brooklyn neighborhood. The crash killed all 128 passengers aboard both planes, as well as six people on the ground in Brooklyn. An 11-year-old United passenger named Stephen Baltz initially survived the crash, but he later died from his injuries. How did he survive the landing? More...
Today's Birthday

Wassily Kandinsky (1866)

Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter and art theorist, was one of the 20th century's most important artists, credited with painting the first abstract works in the history of modern art. He was a founder of the German expressionist group The Blue Rider, and he wrote Concerning the Spiritual in Art to champion ideas about color and nonrepresentational painting that he had developed after coming in contact with Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism. At what age did Kandinsky enroll in art school? More...
Quotation of the Day
The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that...The effect in fact was quite a special thing and not easily explained. It made him more alive, there in bed, than at any other time.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Today's Holiday

Day of Reconciliation (2015)

The South African legal holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation was established on December 16, 1838, in commemoration of the victory of the Voortrekkers over Dingane and the Zulus. The original name for this holiday was Dingaan's Day, then it was called Day of the Vow during apartheid. After South Africa renounced apartheid and held its first democratic election in 1994, the day remained a legal holiday but acquired a new name to reflect its new focus: promoting national unity and healing. More...
In the News

US Declares War in Iraq Officially Over

Yesterday, after nearly nine years of war, the US military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq. The occasion was marked by a brief, low-key flag-lowering ceremony in a fortified compound at Baghdad airport. More than one million Americans served in Iraq during the course of the conflict. At the height of the war, 170,000 American soldiers were stationed at more than 500 military installations across the country. Today, just 4,000 troops remain on two US bases there, and they are scheduled to return home by the end of the year. More...
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