Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

minimalism

Definition:(noun) An art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color.
Synonyms:reductivism
Usage: The sculpture—simply a perfect sphere—must have been created at the height of minimalism.
Article of the Day

Thankful Villages

Thankful Villages are localities in England and Wales that lost no soldiers in WWI. In those rare parishes, every person who enlisted in the armed forces returned home alive. The term "Thankful Village" was coined in the 1930s by writer Arthur Mee, who identified 32 such places. Another 20 have since been added to the list. In France, where the death toll was higher, only one village lost no soldiers in WWI, and it also has the distinction of having lost none in WWII either. What village is it? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)

The Battle of Bosworth Field was the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses in which Henry Tudor defeated the royal forces of Richard III, the last king of the House of York. Richard was killed in battle, and Henry advanced to London and was crowned as Henry VII. In 1486, Henry married Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth, thus uniting the houses of York and Lancaster, ending the Wars of the Roses and founding the Tudor royal dynasty. This battle is featured in which of Shakespeare's plays? More...
Today's Birthday

Deng Xiaoping (1904)

Deng was a Chinese revolutionary and government leader. A veteran of the Long March, he became deputy premier in 1952 and soon joined the Politburo Standing Committee. He was ousted and reinstated several times and at one point was assigned to work in a tractor factory. From the late 1970s until his death in 1997, he was China's most powerful leader. He promoted a wide-reaching reform program that introduced free-enterprise elements into the economy. What was Deng's famous saying about a cat? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

grill (someone) (about something)

To question or interrogate someone intensely and relentlessly (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Diana Nyad's Dream of Cuba-US Swim Dashed

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has abandoned her latest, and likely last, attempt to make the 103-mi (166-km) swim from Cuba to the US. She swam for 63 hours and suffered a number of severe jellyfish stings to the face before being pulled from the water by her support crew. This was the 62-year-old Nyad's fourth failed attempt to make the crossing. Had she succeeded, she would have claimed the record for longest "unassisted open ocean swim"—meaning a swim done without the protection of a shark cage. More...
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