Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

saboteur

Definition:(noun) Someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks.
Synonyms:diversionist, wrecker
Usage: The saboteurs planned to bomb several buses and office buildings in the city.
Article of the Day

The African Meeting House

Also known as the First African Baptist Church, the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest existing African-American church building in the US. Completed in 1806, the meeting house became a place for religious, educational, and social gatherings as well as for political and anti-slavery meetings. During the Civil War, it served as a military recruitment center. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. What purpose did it serve for much of the 20th century? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Nations (Minnesota) (2016)

The Festival of Nations takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, a city of great ethnic diversity. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups participate in this event, which has been presented by the International Institute of Minnesota since 1932 and features costumes, folk craft demonstrations, and cultural exhibits. Folk dance and music performances run continuously and showcase performers from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Polynesia, Norway, Ecuador, Armenia, and many other countries. Sidewalk cafes serve authentic food from more than four dozen countries. More...
In the News

Video Games and Virtual Reality Help Stroke Victims

The results of several studies suggest that video games and virtual reality systems could help stroke victims recover. A review of the data showed that patients had five times the odds of improving their grip and other movements if they supplemented standard rehab with virtual reality training. Some of the studies also showed that patients who used virtual reality systems became 20% better at simple tasks, such as moving their fingers independently. More...
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