Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 08, 2016)
Word of the Day

deprecate

Definition:(verb) To belittle.
Synonyms:depreciate
Usage: The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts.
Article of the Day

Jinggangshan

Located in the remote, mountainous border region between the Jiangxi and Hunan provinces of China, Jinggangshan is known as the birthplace of the Chinese Red Army and the "cradle of the Chinese revolution." In 1927, after an unsuccessful uprising against the Kuomintang, Mao Zedong's army retreated to Jinggangshan and established a military base there. During the 1960s, the area became a place of pilgrimage for young Red Guards. Why did the government begin discouraging such pilgrimages? More...
This Day in History

US President Ronald Reagan Dubs the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

Reagan's strong anti-communist position, evident from the time he began his presidential career, was highlighted in a 1983 speech in which he referred to the USSR as an "evil empire." The phrase became common in Cold War rhetoric and has since entered popular culture, taking on a nearly iconic status. It has been used in a variety of contexts to refer to entities as varied as Wal-Mart and the British Empire. Before what group was Reagan speaking the first time he used the phrase "evil empire"? More...
Today's Birthday

André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks. He also traveled to the Middle East, where he acquired what Babylonian artifact found near Baghdad? More...
Quotation of the Day
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
In the News

See the Happy Chaos at Astronauts' Landing Site

I know it’s going to be a great adventure when I get the message from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, warning me about the hazards of being near a landing spacecraft. Some of the delights I might encounter: gamma ray radiation and being brained by ... More...
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