Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

ophthalmologist

Definition:(noun) A medical doctor specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye.
Synonyms:oculist, eye doctor
Usage: The ophthalmologist asked the patient to read letters off of a chart posted across the room.
Article of the Day

Hells Angels

The Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club was formed in Fontana, CA, in 1948; the local chapter remains active, but the club's popularity and membership has since expanded worldwide. The name, taken from the movie Hell's Angels, has come to represent the epitome of 1960s biker counterculture. Members have been known to engage in illegal activities, but the club rejects any criminal responsibility. What unlikely company was recently sued by the club for copyright infringement? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for "prisoners of conscience." His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

hang paper

To write a dishonored or bad check. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration (2016)

The Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration is held annually the last weekend in July to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in the United States. It also celebrates NicodemusNicodemus, the only still-living all-black community west of the Mississippi founded by former slaves. The Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration has taken place every year since 1878. The event includes such attractions as a parade, a fashion show, military displays, and descendants' program, which draws relatives of the original town settlers from across the country. More...
In the News

Two Thumbs Up: Boy Gets New Hands!

A team of doctors at Penn Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has successfully performed the world's first double hand transplant on a child. The surgery itself is miraculous, but it's the heart and spirit of the little recipient grabbing ... More...
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