Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

headliner

Definition:(noun) A performer who receives prominent billing.
Synonyms:star
Usage: My sister moved to New York with dreams of becoming a headliner on Broadway.
Article of the Day

Thomas Dunn English

Though he was an accomplished writer and politician, English is best known for his bitter feud with Edgar Allen Poe that turned physical at least once. They had once been friends, but in the early 1840s, their relationship deteriorated. Each began to publish thinly-veiled, mocking satires of the other. Poe included references to English in the revenge tale, The Cask of Amontillado, and English ridiculed Poe as a drunk. Eventually, Poe sued for libel and won. What led to their falling out? More...
This Day in History

The Tenerife Disaster (1977)

The Tenerife Disaster was a passenger plane accident that resulted in the highest number of fatalities of any single accident in aviation history, excluding ground fatalities. It occurred when two Boeing 747s, a KLM flight in the midst of takeoff and a PanAm flight taxing in the opposite direction, collided at Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people. What bombing led both planes to be diverted to the Tenerife airport in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Vaughan (1924)

"The Divine One," Sarah Vaughan was an American jazz contralto with a vast range who worked as a soloist for much of her career. As a child, Vaughan studied piano and organ and began singing in her church choir. As a teenager, she won the famous amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater and was featured with bandleader Earl Hines. One of jazz's finest vocalists, she learned much from the horn stylings of what bebop musicians with whom she recorded in 1945? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy (2016)

The birthday of the Goddess of Mercy is a celebration of Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") of infinite compassion and mercy. Depicted as both masculine and feminine, and one of the most beloved of Buddhist deities, he or she is accepted not only by Buddhists but also by the Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans. Women especially celebrate Kuan Yin. In Malaysia, hundreds of devotees bearing joss sticks, fruit, flowers, and sweet cakes gather at temples dedicated to Kuan Yin to pray for her benevolence. At the old temple at Jalan Pitt, Penang, puppet shows are staged in celebration of her. More...
In the News

James Cameron Journeys to Deepest Ocean Trench

Five decades after oceanographers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh made the first manned voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron became the third person to explore it. He made the momentous journey in a submarine he helped design and spent more than three hours exploring, collecting samples, and filming on the ocean floor, some 7 miles (11 km) below the surface. He saw little evidence of life at that depth, observing only shrimp-like creatures less than an inch long. More...
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