Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

embitter

Definition:(verb) Cause to be bitter or resentful.
Synonyms:acerbate, envenom
Usage: He would not let this bad experience embitter him and resolved to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Article of the Day

Disco

Disco is a style of dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythms, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds. It arose in the mid-1970s in New York City underground nightclubs where DJs played dance records for hours without interruption. With considerable input from producers, artists such as Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, and Diana Ross developed the disco sound and had many hits. Disco peaked with the release of the film Saturday Night Fever and "died" soon after on what date? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Aljubarrota (1385)

At a time of war, famine, and plague in Europe, the Portuguese village of Aljubarrota became the site of a momentous battle in which the Portuguese, aided by English archers, defeated the forces of the Spanish King John I of Castile, assuring Portuguese independence from the Castilian crown. Nuno Álvares Pereira, the man who led the revolt against Castilian domination, emerged from the battle a hero. He later became a monk and was recently canonized. Who was the Portuguese king at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851)

Holliday was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter. After graduating from dental school in 1872, he moved to the drier climate of the West to help treat his tuberculosis. He briefly practiced dentistry in Texas, then took up gambling and began drifting. Settling in Tombstone, Arizona, he joined Wyatt Earp and his brothers in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Having earned a reputation as a gunman, he resumed drifting and died of tuberculosis at the age of 36. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

get with the times

slang To understand or be knowledgeable of modern times, especially as relates to the contemporary trends, ideas, or fashions. (Usually said as a jocular or sarcastic imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Mount Ceahlau Feast (2016)

A folk event that has ancient roots, the Mount Ceahlau Feast is held at Durau, Romania, at the foot of Mount Ceahlau. The mountain was considered sacred to the Dacians, the ancestors of the present Romanians, and was the scene of their annual celebrations. In those days, people climbed to the summit to greet the sun with religious ceremonies and feasts. Today there are demonstrations of such sports as wrestling and foot racing, and exhibits and sales of folk art. More...
In the News

Rising Attacks on Medical Workers in War Zones

Despite being prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, attacks on medical personnel and facilities have been increasing in recent years. A new report from the International Committee of the Red Cross documents 600 attacks on doctors, nurses, ambulances, and hospitals between mid-2008 and the end of 2010. According to the Red Cross, in conflict zones, it is not uncommon for ambulances to be deliberately delayed, hospitals to be taken over by combatants, or medical personnel to be kept from doing their jobs, either because the environment is too dangerous or because they are directly being targeted for attack. As a result, millions of lives are needlessly lost each year. More...
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