Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

lying-in

Definition:(noun) Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.
Synonyms:childbed, confinement, parturiency, travail, labor
Usage: After seven hours of lying-in, Carol gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
Article of the Day

The Gentleman's Magazine

The word magazine once referred not to a type of periodical, but to a storehouse. Then, in 1731, Edward Cave founded The Gentleman's Magazine. Considered the first English-language magazine in the modern sense of the word, the London-based publication was a monthly "storehouse" of news and commentary. It reached a wide audience with its extensive distribution system and remained in print for nearly 200 years. What famous writer found his first writing job at the magazine? More...
This Day in History

The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed (1959)

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Alicia Markova (1910)

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

kick (someone or something) to the curb

To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted. More...
Today's Holiday

Central African Republic Independence Day (2017)

On December 1, 1958, the region now known as Central African Republic became a republic within the French Community. The republic achieved independence from France on August 13, 1960. Both days are celebrated as national holidays. More...
In the News

UN Approves Recognition of Sovereign Palestinian State

Despite the objections of the US and Israel, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of granting the Palestinians non-member observer state status, effectively recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state. The assembly voted 138 to 9 in favor, with 41 abstentions. Symbolically, the vote came 65 years to the day after the UN adopted a resolution partitioning the British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one of which was Israel. Opponents of the measure say it will only further hinder peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but for now the Palestinians are simply celebrating their newfound status. More...
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