Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

gaberdine

Definition:(noun) A loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles.
Synonyms:dust coat, smock, duster
Usage: He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.
Article of the Day

Alan Jay Lerner

Lerner, an American lyricist and librettist, began his musical theater career with collegiate contributions to the annual Harvard Hasty Pudding musicals. After two years as a radio scriptwriter, he was introduced to composer Frederick Loewe. Their collaboration resulted in the 1947 musical hit Brigadoon. Their crowning achievement, however, was My Fair Lady (1956), whose film version won eight Oscars. My Fair Lady is adapted from which novel? 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
The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Why Beloved Polar Bear May Face Bigger Risk than Previously Thought

The embattled polar bear may be at greater risk from climate change than previously thought, according to a three-year study conducted in the southern Beaufort Sea.The new study refutes the long-held belief that polar bears can resort to a status of "walking ... More...
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