Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

fizzle

Definition:(verb) To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning.
Synonyms:peter out, taper off
Usage: The music just fizzled out—there was no proper ending to the concert.
Article of the Day

The Mali Empire

The Mali Empire flourished in West Africa between the 13th and 16th centuries. A trading empire, it developed from the upper Niger River state of Kangaba, whose inhabitants were middlemen in the gold trade in ancient Ghana. It expanded for a few centuries but eventually outgrew its political and military strength, and many of its subject areas revolted. Which Mali ruler distributed so much gold during his pilgrimage to Mecca that the metal was devalued in Egypt for more than a decade? More...
This Day in History

US Captures Guam from Spain (1898)

Visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Guam was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and remained under Spanish control until 1898, when it was taken by the US in the Spanish-American War. Because the Spanish garrison on the island had no knowledge of the war, the US sent a single Navy cruiser, the USS Charleston, and was able to capture Guam without a fight. At the end of the war, Guam was officially ceded to the US under the Treaty of Paris. How many Spanish soldiers were captured on Guam? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Hirschfeld (1903)

Hirschfeld was an American graphic artist and caricaturist who was famous for his witty, perceptive, and joyful caricatures of theater celebrities and other public personalities. After becoming a theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, he worked for The New York Times, where many of his caricatures appeared. Hirschfeld also wrote and illustrated several books. Beginning in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed what in almost every drawing that he made? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. More...
Today's Holiday

Greenland National Day

The people of Greenland celebrate National Day on June 21, the longest day of the year. They call the holiday Ullortuneq in Greenlandic, which means "the longest day." They celebrate the occasion with communal picnics, shows, and many cultural activities. Since Greenland's current flag was formally instituted on June 21, 1985, they also honor the national flag on this day. More...
In the News

Google To Digitize British Library's Books

As part of its ongoing effort to make a major part of its 150 million items available digitally by 2020, the British Library has partnered with the search engine Google to bring a quarter of a million books, pamphlets, and periodicals from the 18th and 19th centuries to the Web-surfing public. The works will be digitized at Google's expense, after which they will be freely available for full-text search, download, and reading through Google Books as well as the British Library's website. More...
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