Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

byword

Definition:(noun) A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.
Synonyms:adage, proverb, saw
Usage: I knew a wise man that had it for a byword, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, "Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner."
Article of the Day

Saint Paul's Cathedral

London's St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the finest churches built in the English baroque style. The original church dates back to the 7th century, but a series of fires led to architect Sir Christopher Wren redesigning the building in the 17th century. More recently, the cathedral hosted the globally televised 1981 wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. The cathedral's prominent form on the skyline is also used frequently in films set in London. What are some examples? More...
This Day in History

The May Fourth Movement (1919)

The May Fourth Movement was the first mass movement in modern Chinese history. It began with about 5,000 university students in Beijing protesting the Versailles Conference's decision to transfer former German concessions in China to Japan. Demonstrations and strikes spread, and a nationwide boycott of Japanese goods followed. The movement began a patriotic outburst of new urban intellectuals against foreign imperialists and warlords and is often cited as the seminal event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Audrey Hepburn (1929)

Hepburn was a Belgian-born film actress who combined elegance with a radiant, elfin innocence. After spending World War II in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, she studied ballet and acting in London and was discovered by French writer Colette, who insisted she play the lead in Gigi on Broadway. She made her US film debut in Roman Holiday, for which she won an Academy Award, and then returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award in Ondine. What was Hepburn's last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) down cold

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. More...
Today's Holiday

Cassinga Day

On May 4, 1978, South African forces attacked a SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) base located in the old Angolan mining town of Cassinga. Hundreds of Namibians died during the attack. Namibia eventually won its political independence in 1990 and is currently ruled by the SWAPO party government, and a national holiday is declared every year on the anniversary of the attack to commemorate those who died in their country's struggle for independence. More...
In the News

Deaths Climb in Ukraine Unrest

Clashes between pro- and anti-Russian activists in Odessa in southwestern Ukraine claimed dozens of lives on Friday, while in the eastern, rebel-held city of Sloviansk, separatists shot down two Ukrainian army helicopters involved in operations to take back the city. Moscow condemned the "punitive" operations in Sloviansk, saying Ukraine had violated a peace deal by firing on civilians from the air, but Kiev countered saying that the use of missiles to bring down its helicopters proves that Russian forces had already infiltrated the area. More...
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