Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

scrooge

Definition:(noun) A mean-spirited miserly person.
Synonyms:niggard, skinflint, churl
Usage: The old scrooge was married to his money, and spending a penny was, to him, as traumatic as divorce.
Article of the Day

The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act

In 1998, the United States signed The Copyright Term Extension Act into law, thereby extending the copyright terms set forth in the international Berne Convention of 1886. The act increased America's term of protection for copyrighted works by 20 years. Sonny Bono, a songwriter, filmmaker, and congressman, was a major proponent of copyright extension, and the act, passed nine months after his death, was named in his honor. Why is the act pejoratively known as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Iwo Jima Begins (1945)

The island of Iwo Jima is only 8 sq mi (21 sq km) in area, but when US forces attacked the Japanese air base there during WWII, it became the site of one of the most severe campaigns of the war. More than 21,000 Japanese troops and nearly 7,000 Americans died in the clashes. A photograph of US marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi has since become one of the most famous images of the war. What was the US operation in Iwo Jima called? More...
Today's Birthday

André Breton (1896)

Breton was a French writer, critic, and editor. In 1919, he helped found the Dadaist review Littérature. Influenced by psychiatry and the Symbolist movement, he wrote poetry using the automatic-writing technique. In 1924, his Manifeste du surréalismeSurrealist Manifesto—provided a definition of Surrealism as "pure psychic automatism." In 1938, he penned the manifesto Pour un art révolutionnaire indépendant with what one-time commander of the Red Army? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a free bit of advice

A suggestion, opinion, or piece of advice that was unrequested or unsolicited by the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 AM, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

NASA's Green Thumb: Why Astronauts Harvested Zinnia Plants in Space

From space to soil, NASA is showing how having a green thumb can help the future of space travel. On Valentine’s Day, astronaut Scott Kelly harvested plants growing aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Similar plants of the same variety were ... More...
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