Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

vertigo

Definition:(noun) A reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall.
Synonyms:dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness
Usage: He began to sway from side to side, as from vertigo, and before I could spring from my chair to support him his knees gave way.
Article of the Day

Phonofilm

Phonofilm was an early system of synchronizing sound with film. It was used in the 1920s as one of the first methods for playing sound with movies, but it never caught on, particularly in the face of competing formats such as Vitaphone and Movietone. The Phonofilm system recorded photographic sound waves directly onto film—parallel to the picture—then translated them back into sound when the film was played. Thanks to Phonofilm, who became the first US president to appear in a non-silent film? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

hunt where the ducks are

To pursue or look for one's objectives, results, or goals in the place where one is most likely to find them. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2017)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
In the News

UK House of Commons Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

The majority of British people support same-sex marriage, and this week, in keeping with public sentiment, members of Britain's House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize it. The final tally was 400 in favor and only 175 opposed, in spite of stiff opposition from Conservative lawmakers. The proposed bill, championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, faces several more hurdles before it becomes law, including yet another vote in the House of Commons as well as one in the House of Lords. More...
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