Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

decennium

Definition:(noun) A period of 10 years.
Synonyms:decade
Usage: The past decennium has seen many technological advances, but I sometimes wonder if humanity would have been better off without them.
Article of the Day

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose was an English warship that sank mysteriously—and probably accidentally—during a battle in 1545. The ship was leading an attack on an invading French fleet when, quite suddenly, it heeled over to one side and sank with about 400 crew members on board. It was rediscovered in 1971. When it was raised in 1982, there were still 92 complete skeletons inside. Maritime researchers believe that it probably sank because the sailors failed to do what? More...
This Day in History

Pocahontas Marries English Colonist John Rolfe (1614)

Pocahontas, daughter of the powerful Native American chief Powhatan, helped maintain peace between English colonists and her own people by befriending the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, and allegedly saving the life of colonial leader John Smith after he was captured by her father's men. She later married colonist John Rolfe, which furthered efforts toward peace, and the two traveled to England, where she was received at court. What happened on her journey back to America? More...
Today's Birthday

Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856)

Born into slavery, Washington was freed following the US Civil War and went on to become one of the nation's most prominent leaders and educators. He built Alabama's Tuskegee Institute into a leading African-American educational institution, with programs emphasizing vocational training. His teaching, writing, and lecturing—particularly a famous address in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895—established him as America's foremost black leader. Washington was the first African American to be invited where? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

corporate ladder

The hierarchy of authority and earning power within a large business or corporation, likened to the rungs of a ladder. Usually used with some variable verb or phrase referring to ascension. More...
Today's Holiday

Masters Golf Tournament (2016)

Known to golf fans everywhere as The Masters, this annual tournament has been held at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia since it was first started there in 1934. The qualifying rounds are held on Thursday and Friday of the four-day tournament, and the top 44 finishers participate in the final round. In addition to the cash prize, the winner receives a trophy and a green blazer. On the Tuesday night before the tournament, the defending champion hosts a Champions Dinner attended by past winners—all wearing their distinctive green jackets. More...
In the News

Humans Controlled Fire 1,000,000 Years Ago

Ash and bone fragments found in a South African cave suggest that humans frequently lit controlled fires at the site as early as a million years ago. Definitively determining when humans first learned to control fire has proved challenging, since fire remains from open sites could simply be the result of natural blazes caused by lightning. Prior to this discovery, the earliest indisputable evidence of controlled fire use dated to 700,000 years ago. The positioning of the findings at Wonderwerk Cave, some 98 ft (30 m) back from the entrance, indicates that it is likely these earlier fires were deliberately lit by humans. More...
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