Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

avowal

Definition:(noun) An open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.
Synonyms:avouchment
Usage: He had no right to extort a confession of attachment from me when he had made no correspondent avowal himself.
Article of the Day

Borobudur

Borobudur is a magnificent 9th-century Buddhist shrine located in Java, Indonesia. The ruins resemble a stepped pyramid, and its intricately carved blocks of stone illustrate the life of the Buddha. A seated Buddha may be seen from three platforms above the seven stone terraces that encircle the pyramid. The simple and spacious upper terraces carry 72 bell-shaped shrines, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Hidden for centuries, Borobudur was rediscovered in the 19th century by whom? More...
This Day in History

First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

Though the first volume, A–Ant, was published in 1884, the first complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was not published until 1928. Planned as a 10-year project, the 44-year undertaking resulted in a comprehensive, historical dictionary of English—the longest in the world today. It required more than 800 volunteers to compile material, including one who, it was later learned, turned out to be working from an asylum for the criminally insane. Why was he there? More...
Today's Birthday

William Clark Gable (1901)

Despite having such large ears that some doubted he could become a romantic lead, Gable had a rugged masculinity and lighthearted charm that proved popular with audiences. The actor debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. There he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award. What tragedy prompted him to give up show business and become a bomber pilot during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

which way the wind blows

What appears probable or likely; how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. More...
Today's Holiday

Rwanda National Heroes' Day (2017)

Rwandans celebrate Heroes' Day on February 1. National celebrations take place starting early in the morning with the laying of wreaths at the Heroes' Cemetery at Remera, Kigali, by the president, officials of the government, and the families of the country's heroes. Wreaths are also laid at Nyange in memory of students who stood against the rebel forces of the Rwandan genocide. The national Heroes' Day celebration at Nyange features songs, dances, and poems praising the virtues and good example of the national heroes. More...
In the News

Several Years On, Los 33 Struggling

On October 13, 2010, the world collectively held its breath as 33 brave miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine were painstakingly hauled to the surface one by one. However, after the news crews moved on, the miners, promised all manner of support at the time of their rescue, found themselves in many ways abandoned. It has been over three years, and the men have yet to see any compensation from the mine's owners. More than half never got the pensions they were promised. A civil suit against the mine owners is still pending, but in the meantime, the miners are struggling to cope. More...
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