Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

go-between

Definition:(noun) A negotiator who acts as a link between parties.
Synonyms:intercessor, intermediary, mediator
Usage: A skilled go-between can prove invaluable to businesses when negotiations become hostile or contentious.
Article of the Day

Joachim Murat

Murat distinguished himself as a daring cavalry commander while serving with Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy and Egypt and later aided Napoleon in his 1799 coup d'état. The next year, he married Napoleon's sister Caroline and in 1808 was chosen to succeed Joseph Bonaparte as king of Naples. He continued his military leadership as well, but after Napoleon's fall, he fled to Corsica. When he tried to regain his throne, he was captured and executed. What were his instructions to the firing squad? More...
This Day in History

First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an "International Peace Climb," in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More...
Quotation of the Day
Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

desperate times call for desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." More...
Today's Holiday

First Evening of Passover (2016)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and for Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs, and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Satellite Images Tell Tale of Plentiful Penguins

Using high-resolution satellite images taken from space, scientists counted the number of emperor penguins in Antarctica, and they found the population to be double that of previous estimates. Around 595,000 penguins are now believed to be living in 44 colonies along the Antarctic coastline. Seven of those colonies had never before been observed. This is the first time researchers have counted the entire population of any species by satellite in one season. More...
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