Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

abysmal

Definition:(adjective) Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.
Synonyms:dreadful, terrible, awful, appalling, dismal, dire, ghastly, hideous, atrocious, godawful
Usage: We have been having abysmal weather lately, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance next week!
Article of the Day

Rasputin

Rasputin was a notorious figure in the court of Czar Nicholas II due to his magnetic personality and relative success in treating the czarevitch's hemophilia. His appointees filled high positions, and those who opposed him were dismissed. A semiliterate peasant, Rasputin gained a reputation as a holy man, preaching a doctrine of salvation that mixed religious fervor with sexual indulgence. In 1916, a group of right-wing patriots plotted to kill him. What happened when they tried to poison him? More...
This Day in History

Glassboro Summit Conference Begins (1967)

The Glassboro Summit Conference was a meeting between US President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin that took place at Hollybush mansion at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. Although the two leaders failed to reach agreement on anything important, the generally friendly atmosphere of the summit became known as the "Spirit of Glassboro" and is believed to have somewhat improved Soviet-US relations. What two wars were major subjects of discussion at the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Bob Fosse (1927)

Born into a vaudeville family, Fosse began dancing professionally at age 13. He won his first Tony Award for choreographing the Broadway musical The Pajama Game in 1954 and went on to win six more Tonys for his choreography, which was known for its sensuality, precision, and jazz sensibility. His later hit shows included Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity—both starring his wife, Gwen Verdon. Fosse was the first person to win what three awards in the same year? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

go off in a huff

To leave in an angry, belligerent, or vexed mood. More...
Today's Holiday

Luxembourg National Day (2016)

On the eve of this national holiday, Dudelange hosts a torchlight procession, and the castle at Wiltz hosts a fête in the courtyard. Fireworks, parades, special religious services, public concerts, and dancing comprise the elaborate celebration in the capital city of Luxembourg. On National Day, people assemble in the capital not only to celebrate their independence, but also to observe the official birthday of the Grand Duke. The people there identify strongly with their country and speak their own language, known as Luxembourgeois. More...
In the News

Refugee Numbers Highest Since World War II

The number of refugees worldwide has risen to levels not seen since World War II. There are an estimated 51.2 million people now displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution. Of these, 6.3 million have been living in "protracted" refugee situations, meaning they have been refugees for years, even decades. The surge in refugees is straining available resources and destabilizing some of the countries to which they have fled. More...
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