Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

villainous

Definition:(adjective) Extremely wicked.
Synonyms:nefarious
Usage: A villainous band of thieves targeted our neighborhood and in one night made off with 17 cars.
Article of the Day

L'Anse aux Meadows

Located on the northern tip of Newfoundland, Canada, L'Anse aux Meadows is the site of the first known European settlements in the New World. Norse settlers may have established as many as three settlements there near the end of the 10th century. After fighting each other, the settlers and the Inuit—whom the Norse called Skraeling—established a regular trade relationship, but the settlements were soon abandoned. What evidence indicates that the Norse settlers may have traveled farther south? More...
This Day in History

Potsdam Conference Concludes (1945)

The Potsdam Conference was an Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany's surrender in World War II. Representing the US, USSR, and UK, respectively, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill met there to discuss European peace settlements and reparations, the administration of Germany, the demarcation of Poland, the occupation of Austria, the USSR's role in eastern Europe, and the war against Japan. Who replaced Churchill during the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Carroll O'Connor (1924)

O'Connor was an American actor who started out on the stage and appeared in a number of movies in the 1950s and 60s. He gained fame in the 70s and early 80s playing Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, winning numerous Emmy awards for his portrayal of the bigoted yet loveable blue-collar family man. He later starred as a progressive Southern sheriff on the TV show In the Heat of the Night. Which of O'Connor's relatives also had a role on that show? More...
Quotation of the Day
No country is so wild and difficult but men will make it a theater of war.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

happen by

To appear, arrive, pass, or come upon casually or by chance. More...
Today's Holiday

Virgen de Los Angeles Day

Costa Rica honors its patron saint, La Virgen de los Angeles (also known as La Negrita), on this day. La Negrita is a statue of the Virgin Mary carved in dark wood, which is how La Negrita ("little dark one") earned its name. It is housed in the Basilica Virgen de Los Angeles in Cartago, next to a small stream. People from all over the country come to Cartago on August 2 to celebrate the mass at the Basilica, pray to Little Negrita, and collect water from the stream. Celebrations include street fairs, live music, and feasts throughout Costa Rica. More...
In the News

World Population to Reach 7 Billion This Year

Throughout much of history, the global human population grew slowly, reaching 1 billion in about 1800. The world's population has increased rapidly since that time, growing by about 4 billion in the past 50 years alone. Later this year, it is expected to cross the 7 billion mark, and according to UN projections, 10 billion people will be crowding the planet by 2100. Nearly all population growth for the next few decades is expected to be in underdeveloped regions, straining their limited resources. Meanwhile, the populations of more developed countries will remain flat, meaning there will be fewer working-age adults to support retirees living on pensions. More...
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