Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

cubbyhole

Definition:(noun) A small secluded room.
Synonyms:snug
Usage: Back in her cubbyhole of an office, Nina sat down at her desk.
Article of the Day

The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Ronin

The Forty-seven Ronin were a group of Japanese samurai who, in 1703, assassinated Lord Kira, the official responsible for the disgrace and consequent seppuku—ritual suicide—of their master, Lord Asano. Though the ronin had followed the precepts of bushido—the samurai code of conduct—by avenging their lord’s death, their actions defied shogunate authority, and they were therefore ordered to commit seppuku. Today, they are regarded as heroes. Why was one of the ronin pardoned? More...
This Day in History

The Old Man of the Mountain Collapses (2003)

The Old Man of the Mountain was an iconic rock formation in the Franconia Notch mountain pass of New Hampshire. Protruding from the side of a cliff, about 1,200 feet (366 m) above a lake, it looked like a craggy, 40-ft (12-m) human face. Years of freezing weather and the feature's already precarious position caused the beloved local symbol and tourist destination to collapse in 2003. American statesman Daniel Webster once said that the Old Man was God's way of saying what? More...
Today's Birthday

William Motter Inge (1913)

Inge worked as a teacher and newspaper critic before winning recognition as a dramatist. His plays sympathetically portray the aspirations and frustrations of Midwestern small-town life. He first earned notice in 1950 with Come Back, Little Sheba, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for Picnic. Several of his works were made into films. By the 1960s, his reputation as a dramatist declined, and he turned to writing novels. Plagued by alcoholism and illness, he died in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in the view of (someone)

In someone's or some group's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de la Santa Cruz (2017)

The Day of the Holy Cross, known elsewhere as the Exaltation of the Cross, is an important one throughout Latin America. Crosses that are normally found in the churches are repaired and repainted, or carried in procession through the streets. In Venezuela, the celebration is known as Velorio de Cruz. People set up special altars in their homes that include crosses, lighted candles, and images of the saints. Musicians and poets from all over the country come to perform in front of these altars. While playing their instruments, they improvise rhymed couplets and other poetic forms. More...
In the News

Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan by US Forces

On Sunday, US President Barack Obama announced that US forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. For nearly a decade, the US had been pursuing the al-Qaeda leader, whose followers perpetrated the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed some 3,000 people. Many believed he was hiding in the mountainous region along the Afghan-Pakistan border, but he was ultimately found living in a million-dollar compound not far from Pakistan's capital. World leaders and security experts fear that bin Laden's death could prompt retaliatory actions and are urging renewed vigilance against attacks. More...
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