Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 4, 2013)
Word of the Day

undergird

Definition:(verb) Make secure underneath.
Synonyms:brace up
Usage: We need to undergird the ship if we hope to keep it from breaking apart in this violent storm.
Article of the Day

The Texas City Disaster

On April 16, 1947, a fire aboard the SS Grandcamp turned into the deadliest industrial accident in US history when it caused the fertilizer-laden ship to explode at the docks in Texas City, killing approximately 580 people and injuring thousands more. The city's fire department was decimated by the initial blast, which leveled more than 1,000 buildings on land and knocked nearby aircraft out of the sky. What further intensified the disaster hours later? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Qing Ming Festival (2016)

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld. More...
In the News

Another Day, Another WWII-Era Bomb in Berlin

The discovery of unexploded munitions from World War II remains relatively commonplace in Germany, but this does not mean such incidents are taken lightly. Old bombs can still be deadly, so great care is taken to safely and properly defuse and dispose of them. Commuters in Berlin were reminded of this fact earlier this week, after a 220-lb (100-kg) Soviet bomb was found near a set of train tracks leading to the city's main rail station. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the area, rail and air traffic was diverted, and a bomb disposal team was brought in to defuse the device—which it managed to do without incident. More...
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