Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

upbraid

Definition:(verb) Express criticism towards.
Synonyms:reproach
Usage: Eleanor upbraided her husband for forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning.
Article of the Day

Pangaea

In 1912, German geophysicist Alfred Wegener proposed that all land on Earth was once part of a hypothetical protocontinent, which he called Pangaea. Wegener hypothesized that the supercontinent, completely surrounded by a world ocean called Panthalassa, began to drift apart approximately 200 million years ago. Evidence supporting Pangaea's existence includes the presence of identical species on continents that are now far apart, as well as the continuity of what on different continents? More...
This Day in History

Stonewall Riots Begin (1969)

In 1969, gay rights in the US were virtually nonexistent, and discrimination was routine. On June 28, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular Mob-run gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, and began arresting patrons for cross-dressing. A crowd gathered outside, taunting police and throwing debris. The police responded with violence. Protest rallies and more riots followed, marking the awakening of the US gay rights movement. How long after the riots were the first Gay Pride marches held? More...
Today's Birthday

Melvin Kaminsky, AKA Mel Brooks (1926)

Brooks is an American film director, writer, actor, and producer best known for his wild parodies that mix satire with slapstick. He started out as a television comedy writer but soon turned to film. He won an Oscar for his first feature film, The Producers (1968), a comic masterpiece of bad taste, and followed it with such films as the Western-inspired Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, a parody of the horror genre. Who speaks the only word in his Silent Movie? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accountability, n.: The mother of caution.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

inner circle

A small, exclusive, and intimate group of like-minded people sharing a common goal, pursuit, or purpose. More...
Today's Holiday

Montreal Jazz Festival (2017)

What has been called the most important cultural event in Canada and the largest jazz festival in the world, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has attracted some of the greatest names in jazz—including Miles Davis, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie. More than a million people come to the festival, about one-fourth of them from outside Montreal. Montreal's streets are closed for the 11 days of the festival to make room for the outdoor performances, which take place rain or shine, and represent a mix of traditional, modern, and innovative jazz. More...
In the News

Seven African Countries Dramatically Cut Childhood HIV Infections

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have all made great strides in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, these seven countries have cut the number in half. Much of this success is the result of programs to get antiretroviral medications to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby preventing the virus' transmission to their offspring. Still, across most high-priority countries in Africa, including those named above, access to AIDS drugs for pediatric patients remains "unacceptably low," with only 30 percent of HIV-positive children getting the treatment they need. More...
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