Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

lionize

Definition:(verb) To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Synonyms:celebrate
Usage: She lionized her older brother and was always proud to be seen with him.
Article of the Day

The Shabak

The Shin Bet, now known as the Shabak, was founded as a branch of the Israeli Defense Forces when Israel declared its independence. It is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli Intelligence Community and is responsible for monitoring terrorist organizations and interrogating terror suspects. The Shabak has recently been criticized for its excessively violent interrogation techniques and for lying about evidence gathering. What was the "Kav 300 Affair"? More...
This Day in History

Eradication of Smallpox Is Certified (1979)

One of the deadliest diseases in history by sheer loss of life, smallpox was the target of a concerted, worldwide eradication campaign in the 20th century, and it became the first disease to have been successfully wiped out. Efforts focused on vaccination and quickly responding to and curtailing outbreaks. The last person to die from smallpox caught it at a laboratory, where samples of the now-vanquished disease remain. Who is the last person known to have contracted it in the wild? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717)

The son of a German cobbler, Winckelmann overcame years of hardship to pursue his love of ancient Greek art, becoming a renowned scholar and one of the founders of scientific archaeology and art history. He spent much of his later life studying in the vast Vatican Library, and his writings reawakened the popular taste for Classical art and helped spur the Neoclassical movement. In 1768, a fellow traveler—who did not know who Winckelmann was—murdered him at a hotel, ostensibly for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

lay down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2017)

Antigua and Barbuda has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
In the News

Stonehenge May Actually Have Been Erected in Wales, then Moved and Reassembled

Comedian Eddie Izzard has a fantastic bit about Stonehenge. The famous monument - located in Wiltshire, England - is partially made from Welsh stones hewn about 200 miles away away. The Welsh stone masons, he jokes, must have been snowed into ... More...
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