Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

chirpy

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness.
Synonyms:perky, buoyant
Usage: You're very chirpy today—have you won the lottery or something?
Article of the Day

Gran Colombia

Gran Columbia was a South American republic from 1819 to 1830. It encompassed much of northern South America and southern Central America, including parts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, which became its successor states after its dissolution. With its capital at Bogotá, it was created during the war for independence from Spain by revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, who served as its first president. Its existence was marked by a struggle between supporters of what two types of government? More...
This Day in History

California's St. Francis Dam Fails (1928)

Constructed between 1924 and 1926, the St. Francis Dam was a concrete gravity-arch dam designed to act as a reservoir to store water for the Los Angeles Aqueduct. In 1928, the dam catastrophically failed, and the resulting flood of 12 billion US gallons (45 billion liters) of water killed more than 450 people. The dam's collapse was the worst American civil engineering failure of the 20th century and remains the second-greatest loss of life disaster in California's history, after what event? More...
Today's Birthday

Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott (1832)

Boycott was the estate agent for the Earl of Erne, an absentee landowner in County Mayo, Ireland, at a time when the Irish Land League was pressing for agrarian reform. In 1880, Boycott's refusal to reduce rents for tenant farmers, combined with his attempted eviction of 11 of them, led the League to launch a campaign of ostracism and isolation—now known as a "boycott"—against him and his family. Upon finding himself suddenly without servants, farmhands, or local services, Boycott did what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

a bridge too far

An act or plan whose ambition overreaches its capability, resulting in or potentially leading to difficulty or failure. Taken from the 1974 book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan, which details the Allies' disastrous attempts to capture German-controlled bridges in the Netherlands during World War II. More...
Today's Holiday

Bok Kai Festival (2016)

The Bok Kai Festival is a two-day event in Marysville, California, that began as a Chinese religious event to honor Bok Eye, the god who has the power to control flooding and the waters of irrigation and the rains. Today, the celebration of Bomb Day—Bok Eye's birthday—with the Bok Kai Festival is a community-wide affair. A parade is another highlight of the festival, and a 150-foot dragon is the highlight of the parade. The Bok Kai Temple in Marysville is the only religious shrine to Bok Eye outside of Asia and is a designated historical landmark. More...
In the News

Massive Earthquake Triggers Tsunami, Fires in Japan

On Friday afternoon, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan, about 250 mi (400 km) from Tokyo. The powerful temblor, the strongest ever recorded to hit Japan, triggered a 33-ft (10-m) tsunami along parts of the country’s coastline as well as a number of fires, including a massive blaze at an oil refinery. The powerful inrush of water swept away people, cars, buildings, and ships. Hundreds have been reported dead in Japan, and many more casualties are feared. The tsunami traveled across the Pacific, striking Hawaii and the US West Coast, but there have been no reports of major damage there. More...
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