Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

clamorous

Definition:(adjective) Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry.
Synonyms:strident, vociferous, blatant
Usage: The clamorous din of voices filled the air, and the judge was unable to restore order and quiet in his courtroom for some time.
Article of the Day

Razia Sultana

Believing that all of his sons were incompetent, Sultan Iltutmish of Delhi appointed his daughter Razia to succeed him as the first female Muslim sultan. After the sultan's death in 1236, the nobles instead installed Razia's brother, but he was assassinated shortly thereafter. For the next few years, Razia served as an able and devoted ruler. There are many accounts of how she died. One states that she was killed in a power struggle stemming from a scandal in which she was accused of what? More...
This Day in History

Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Spacecraft Returns to Earth Safely (1970)

Less than a year after the first lunar landing, Apollo 13 departed for the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system, and the landing had to be aborted. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and the need to improvise a carbon dioxide removal system, the craft returned safely to Earth. The immortal line from the mission—"Houston, we have a problem"—is a misquote. What was actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

John Pierpont Morgan (1837)

The son of a financier, Morgan began his career as an accountant before being named a partner in the firm that became J.P. Morgan and Company. One of the world's most powerful railroad magnates, he formed a syndicate to supply the US Treasury's depleted gold reserves and financed the mergers that formed General Electric and US Steel Corporation—the world's first billion-dollar corporation. In addition to being a noted art collector, Morgan had one of America's most important collections of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
They say that none of us exists, except in the imagination of his fellows, other than as an intangible, invisible mentality.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

dead last

In last place, especially by a wide margin, as for a race or other competition. More...
Today's Holiday

Verrazano Day

Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition. More...
In the News

Afghan Forces Suppress Widespread Taliban Attacks

On Monday morning, after 18 hours of fierce fighting, Afghan security forces, supported by NATO troops and helicopter gunships, put down a brazen, multipronged attack on Kabul and three other major Afghan cities by Taliban insurgents. Among the targets were Western embassies, NATO bases, and government buildings. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attacks and said they had been planned for months as the start of the "spring offensive." Some 39 insurgents were killed, along with five civilians and between eight and 11 security force members. More...
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