Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

funambulist

Definition:(noun) An acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope.
Synonyms:tightrope walker
Usage: My daughter was enchanted by the funambulist crossing the tightrope above us at the circus.
Article of the Day

Ikebana

Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. In contrast to the decorative form of flower arranging popular in Western countries, which tends to emphasize the quantity and colors of blooms, ikebana utilizes simple linear construction to create harmony in the arrangement and bring attention to the subtle beauty of flowers, stems, leaves, and the like. Often, the components are arranged in a triangular fashion. What concepts do the points of the triangle symbolize? More...
This Day in History

Ronald Reagan Challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" (1987)

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the East German government and later extended along the entire border between East and West Germany. Built to prevent defections, it became a symbol of the Cold War. In 1987, US President Reagan visited Berlin to commemorate the city's 750th anniversary and used his speech to publicly challenge Gorbachev to destroy the wall. Two years later, it was dismantled in a failed bid by the Communists to retain power. Why did some Reagan staffers oppose his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Eddie Adams (1933)

Adams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American photographer and photojournalist noted for his war coverage and portraits of celebrities and politicians, began his career as a combat photographer during the Korean War. His best known photograph, a harrowing image of the moment that South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street in 1968, won the Pulitzer Prize. Why did he later apologize to the police chief for having taken the picture? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

advance notice

A notification, signal, or sign that something is going to happen or is expected to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

Race Unity Day (2016)

Race Unity Day is observed worldwide by Baha'is and others with meetings and discussions. The day was begun in 1957 by the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly in the US, with the purpose of focusing attention on racial prejudice. The Baha'is see racism as a major barrier to peace, and teach that there must be universal recognition of the oneness of all humans to achieve peace. More...
In the News

Insurgents Take Second Iraqi City

Insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an offshoot of al-Qaeda several thousand fighters strong that controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, have attacked cities around western and northern Iraq this week and taken two of them, Mosul and Tikrit. As many as 500,000 people fled Mosul after the city was attacked. Even security forces reportedly fled. But government leaders have vowed to repel the militants. More...
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