Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

ruffian

Definition:(noun) A cruel and brutal fellow.
Synonyms:bully, hooligan, roughneck
Usage: He had been a bully in grade school, so no one was surprised to hear that he is still considered a ruffian.
Article of the Day

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu mystic, a disciple of Ramakrishna, and one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the Vedanta philosophy. In 1890, Vivekananda began a journey that would take him throughout India as a wandering monk. A few years later, he represented Hinduism at the US World Parliament of Religions and is credited with helping kindle Western interest in the religion. His Ramakrishna Mission, now one of the largest Hindu monastic orders in India, was founded on what principle? 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
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

Open Wide! See How a Gorilla Visits the Dentist

While a root canal can be unpleasant for any patient, in the case of Pertinax, a nearly 400-pound gorilla, it can be a scary experience for the entire dental staff as well. The western lowland gorilla developed a fracture this month that could have led ... More...
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