Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

obeisance

Definition:(noun) A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
Synonyms:bow
Usage: And so without a word he led her to the door, opened it, and bowed yet lower as she swept out, but still without a tinge of mockery in the obeisance.
Article of the Day

Ice Dancing

In ice dancing, couples are required to perform choreographed dance routines on ice. It differs from pair skating in that it does not allow movements of strength, such as jumps or overhead lifts. Ice dance routines are similar to ballroom dances, and, typically, partners are not supposed to separate by more than two arm-lengths. The sport gained popularity in the 1930s, and the first world championships were held in 1950. When did ice dancing become an Olympic event? More...
This Day in History

United States Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the US embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks, linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to American attention and resulted in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. The bombings took place on the eighth anniversary of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Bunche (1904)

Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General. In what unusual way did he conduct many of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations? More...
Quotation of the Day
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Idiom of the Day

a bit out of it

Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out. More...
Today's Holiday

Dublin Irish Festival (2016)

During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as the ceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations. More...
In the News

WHO Mulling Experimental Ebola Treatments

With the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still rapidly rising, the World Health Organization (WHO) is exploring the ethical implications of using an experimental drug to combat the virus. Currently, there are no approved vaccines or medications for Ebola, but a number are under development. One experimental drug has already been used to treat two US aid workers infected in the outbreak, and some of the world's leading Ebola experts are calling for experimental treatments to be made more widely available given the current crisis. The WHO is to convene a meeting of medical ethicists to examine this issue next week. More...
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