Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

satiate

Definition:(verb) Fill to satisfaction.
Synonyms:replete, sate, fill
Usage: There is enough cake to satiate all of our party guests.
Article of the Day

Operation Gladio

In 1990, Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti exposed a clandestine NATO "stay-behind" initiative in which cells of agents secretly remained in various nations after WWII, purportedly to conduct sabotage and organize and arm resistance groups in the event of a Soviet invasion. Implicated in multiple bombings, murders, and false-flag operations across Europe, the CIA-backed Operation Gladio was condemned by European Parliament and disbanded. What activities may have been sponsored by Gladio? More...
This Day in History

First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees. About how many trees were planted on the first Arbor Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

cut it close

To do or complete something very near to its limit, especially of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2016)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and, later, The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
In the News

2012 Shattering US Heat Records

The first three months of 2012 have been unseasonably warm ones in the US. Temperatures in the lower 48 states have so far been 6° F (3.3° C) higher than average and were 8.6° F (4.8° C) above normal for March. In March alone, more high temperature records were broken in the US than in any other single month on record. Meteorologists attribute the recent warm-up to a rare confluence of several weather patterns, including La Niña, but the fact that these unusually high temperatures have persisted for months has some concerned about global warming. More...
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