Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

abominable

Definition:(adjective) Unequivocally detestable; loathsome.
Synonyms:odious, execrable
Usage: The abominable treatment of prisoners horrified the team of international observers.
Article of the Day

Yo-Yo Ma

World-famous American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in France to Chinese parents in 1955. A musical prodigy, he gave a public recital in Paris at age six and his first performance at Carnegie Hall at age nine. He later attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music and ascended rapidly to the highest rank of international soloists, winning the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. What became of a centuries-old cello valued at $2.5 million that Ma accidentally left in a New York City taxi in 1999? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along an agreed-upon meridian approximately halfway between the Cape Verde Islands belonging to Portugal and Cuba and Hispaniola, claimed for Spain by Columbus. The Europeans had actually seen very little of the lands within the territory they were dividing, and the result was that Spain gained most of the Americas while Portugal gained Brazil. What nation invoked the treaty in the 20th century? More...
Today's Birthday

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778)

Brummell was an English dandy and wit who was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. The leader of English fashion of his time, he influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes, elaborate neckwear, and trousers rather than breeches. After a quarrel with his friend Prince George of Wales, later King George IV, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where he lived for 14 years in poverty and squalor. What killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Idiom of the Day

absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Sette Giugno

Under British rule, the Maltese Islands helped the Allies during World War I. Although the war brought jobs to the country, many Maltese found it hard to make ends meet. These factors and others prompted riots in Valletta on June 7, 1919. During the riots, four Maltese were killed by British troops. This tragic event became known as the Sette Giugno Riots. Every year on June 7, Malta holds a commemorative ceremony in Valletta. The commemorative celebration includes marches and the playing of the national anthem, L-Innu Malti, as well as a moment of silence in memory of the four fallen men. More...
In the News

US Not the Only One Eavesdropping

The US has been widely criticized for the National Security Agency telecommunications and Internet surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, but—and this may come as no surprise to many—the US is not alone in its snooping. Vodafone, the second-biggest mobile phone company in the world, has revealed that government agencies in six countries have inserted their own equipment into the Vodafone network or diverted its data traffic through government systems in order to listen to and record calls on the network. For legal reasons, Vodafone did not reveal which countries are doing the eavesdropping. More...
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