Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

conflagration

Definition:(noun) A very intense and uncontrolled fire.
Synonyms:inferno
Usage: All the stock was destroyed in a warehouse conflagration.
Article of the Day

The Second Bank of the United States

The Second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816, just five years after First Bank of the United States lost its charter. It had numerous branches around the country and a close relationship with the US government—until 1833. That year, US President Andrew Jackson refused to renew the bank's charter on the grounds that it concentrated too much economic power in the hands of a small, moneyed elite beyond the public's control. What happened to its headquarters in Philadelphia? More...
This Day in History

Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem (1192)

Conrad of Montferrat was a northern Italian nobleman and one of the major participants in the Third Crusade. In 1189, he joined Guy of Lusignan at the siege of Akko, but a year later he sought to displace Guy as king of Jerusalem. To establish a claim to the crown, he married Isabella, daughter of Amalric I. In 1192, Conrad was acknowledged as king, but a few days later he was assassinated, and the royal title passed to the two later husbands of his widow. Who killed him? More...
Today's Birthday

James Monroe (1758)

Monroe was the fifth president of the US. After serving in the American Revolution, he was elected to the Senate, where he opposed the administration of George Washington. He nevertheless became Washington's minister to France and later helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. With Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, he developed the principles of US foreign policy later called the Monroe Doctrine. Monroe served two terms as president, presiding in a period that became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us have done with vain regrets and longings for the days that never will be ours again. Our work lies in front, not behind us; and "Forward!" is our motto.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

Doctors make the worst patients.

It is difficult to give people help or advice on something in which they are professionals, because they often feel as though they already know better than anyone else how to handle the situation or perform a given task. More...
Today's Holiday

Freedom of Entry Ceremony (2016)

Inaugurated in 2007, this ceremony honors the Royal Malaysian Navy with a series of traditional rituals that date back to medieval times. It takes place in the Malaysian seaport town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Along with the public symbolic gestures that confer the navy's right to protect the city, the ceremony also features several entertaining exhibitions and shows intended to attract tourists, including a boat demonstration, helicopter aerial displays, tours of navy ships, and performances by the navy band and silent drill teams. More...
In the News

New Light Promises to Cut Electricity Use

Electronics company Philips claims to have developed "the world's most energy efficient" LED tube light. The light emits 200 lumens per watt (200lm/W), twice as much as equivalent strip lighting. Replacing the fluorescent tube lighting used in offices and industrial buildings in the US with this LED light could cut annual energy costs by $12 billion and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 million metric tonnes each year. Philips plans to put the product on the market in 2015. More...
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