Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

impede

Definition:(verb) Be a hindrance or obstacle to.
Synonyms:hinder
Usage: By questioning every proposal, she is impeding the progress of our project.
Article of the Day

The Aswan High Dam

Located near Aswan, Egypt, the Aswan High Dam regulates the Nile River's annual flooding and produces a great deal of hydroelectric power. Constructed from 1960 to 1970, it was financed largely by the Soviet Union after the US and Britain withdrew their financial support in 1956 due to differences with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The dam's creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of some 90,000 people. What else had to be relocated? More...
This Day in History

US Constitution Signed in Philadelphia (1787)

The US Constitution embodies the fundamental principles upon which the American republic is conducted. It was drawn up at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and signed in 1787, and it was ratified by the required number of states the following year. It superseded the Articles of Confederation in force since 1781 and established the system of federal government that began to function in 1789. It includes seven articles and a preamble. How many amendments have since been adopted? More...
Today's Birthday

Maureen Connolly (1934)

Known as "Little Mo," Connolly was one of America's greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl's Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbledon championships starting in 1952. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Why did she retire at age 19? More...
Quotation of the Day
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.

O Henry (1862-1910)

Idiom of the Day

hash slinger

A cook or a waitress, especially at a diner or cheap restaurant. ("Hash," in this sense, refers to a dish or stew of chopped meat and vegetables, not hashish.) Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Monterey Jazz Festival

This festival is a three-day celebration of jazz held since 1958 outside Monterey, California, at the Monterey Fairgrounds, where seven stages accommodate dozens of acts and 40,000 fans. Jimmy Lyons, a West Coast disc jockey, is credited with starting the first festival, and since then it has attracted top jazz artists. Among the many who have appeared are Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Pee Wee Russell. Booths outside the arena sell food for every taste, from sweet-potato pies to tacos to beef teriyaki. More...
In the News

$1 Billion Needed to Fight Ebola

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still uncontained, the UN is increasing its calls for funding in the fight against the epidemic from $100 million just a month ago to $1 billion today. This health crisis, the World Health Organization's assistant director-general says, is "unparalleled in modern times," with thousands infected thus far and the number of cases projected to double every three weeks if containment efforts are not stepped up. According to the president of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, the response to the outbreak has been insufficient thus far and the window of opportunity to contain the outbreak is closing. More...
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