Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

renovate

Definition:(verb) Restore to a previous or better condition.
Synonyms:restitute
Usage: This old farmhouse may look ramshackle now, but it will be the epitome of rustic charm once I renovate it.
Article of the Day

Batik

Practiced for centuries by the natives of Indonesia, batik is a fabric dyeing method that involves applying a design to a cloth's surface with melted wax, dying the material, and then removing the wax to reveal the pattern. Remains of clothing found in Java indicate that the same or similar patterns have been in use for about 1,000 years and are handed down in families. Certain designs were traditionally reserved for royalty. How has the process been industrialized in modern times? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces the "Mercury Seven" (1959)

Project Mercury was the first successful manned spaceflight program of the US. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the Earth. The first Americans to venture into space were drawn from a group of 110 military pilots chosen for their flight test experience and their satisfaction of certain physical requirements; seven were selected to be astronauts in April 1959 and were quickly dubbed the "Mercury Seven." How many of them went on to fly Mercury missions? More...
Today's Birthday

Jørn Utzon (1918)

Utzon was a Danish architect who, in 1957, won a competition to design Australia's Sydney Opera House, which was completed in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. Utzon is only the second architect in history to see his work assigned this status during his lifetime. In 1966, after designing the opera house's distinctive roof—a series of glittering white shell-shaped vaults—and spending nearly a decade on the project, Utzon was forced to resign mid-project. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

curb appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street (i.e., the curb). More...
Today's Holiday

Bataan Day (2016)

This is a national legal holiday in the Philippines, in commemoration of the disastrous World War II Battle of Bataan in 1942, in which the Philippines fell to the Japanese. It is also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, or Heroes Day. Also remembered on this date are the 37,000 US and Filipino soldiers who were captured, and the thousands who died during the infamous 70-mile "death march" from Mariveles to a Japanese concentration camp inland at San Fernando. Ceremonies are held at Mt. Samat Shrine, the site of side-by-side fighting by Filipino and American troops. More...
In the News

Britain Mourns Loss of Lady Thatcher

Britain's first female prime minister, "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, passed away Monday following a stroke. She was highly regarded in the political community, and news of her death elicited tributes from leaders around the globe. Thatcher's 11 years in office (1979-90) made her the longest continuously serving British prime minister in the 20th century. During that time, she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a controversial series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state. More...
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