Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

ebullient

Definition:(adjective) Zestfully enthusiastic.
Synonyms:exuberant, high-spirited
Usage: His ebullient spirits were always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as he was afterwards to demonstrate, he could weary a puppy with play.
Article of the Day

Hammurabi

The sixth king of Babylonia, Hammurabi founded an empire that was eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor. He is best remembered for his code of laws, which addresses issues like business and family relations, labor, private property, and personal injuries. Though generally humanitarian, Hammurabi's Code relies on the retributive "eye for an eye" theory of punishment. A nearly complete version of the code, carved on a diorite column, was recovered in 1902. Where can you visit it today? More...
This Day in History

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man to Walk on the Moon (1969)

As commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon. With hundreds of millions watching a broadcast of his history-making moonwalk, he uttered the now famous line, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Buzz Aldrin followed, and the two astronauts proceeded to set up scientific equipment, conduct experiments, and collect samples from the lunar surface. What other spacecraft landed on the moon while Apollo 11 was still there? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter (1816)

Reuter, founder of the Reuters news agency, was a pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting. In 1849, he started a post service to bridge the gap in a telegraph line between Germany and Belgium. He soon moved to England and opened a telegraph office serving banks, brokerages, and businesses. He steadily extended his commercial news service, acquiring his first subscribing newspaper client in 1858. Undersea cables enabled him to expand the service. What animal was used to deliver messages in 1849? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children are all foreigners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a good turn

An action that is beneficial to another person in some way. More...
Today's Holiday

Belgium Independence Day

This public holiday, also known as the Belgium National Day, commemorates Belgium's independence from the Netherlands on July 21, 1831. Belgians had struggled against their rulers for 15 years. A revolt began in 1830, and, the next year, the state of Belgium was formed and King Leopold I (1790-1865) was made its first king. Belgians sing "La Brabançonne," the national anthem, and observe their independence with festivities, especially in the capital city of Brussels. More...
In the News

Mishandling of Deadly Germs Not One-Time Error

The recent anthrax scare at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was not the first instance in which deadly germs were mishandled by the agency. In fact, there have been five such incidents in the last decade, with two occurring this year alone. This past May, a sample of the avian flu virus was cross-contaminated with a highly pathogenic version of the virus and then sent to another lab. And the CDC is not the only US agency guilty of these sorts of slip-ups. US officials recently revealed that long-forgotten samples of the live smallpox virus were found in a cardboard box in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory. More...
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