Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 9, 2014)
Word of the Day

termagant

Definition:(noun) A quarrelsome, scolding woman.
Synonyms:shrew
Usage: His aunt was such a termagant that he dreaded her annual visit.
Article of the Day

Reggae

Reggae is a form of popular music that developed in the 1960s among the Jamaican poor. It draws on American "soul" music and traditional African and Jamaican folk music, as well as ska—Jamaican-British dance-hall music. Many of reggae's highly political songs proclaim the tenets of the Rastafarian religious movement. Instrumentation accents the upbeat and usually includes an ensemble of organ, piano, drums, bass, and electric guitars. What are some theories on the origin of the term "reggae"? More...
This Day in History

Eradication of Smallpox Is Certified (1979)

One of the deadliest diseases in history by sheer loss of life, smallpox was the target of a concerted, worldwide eradication campaign in the 20th century, and it became the first disease to have been successfully wiped out. Efforts focused on vaccination and quickly responding to and curtailing outbreaks. The last person to die from smallpox caught it at a laboratory, where samples of the now-vanquished disease remain. Who is the last person known to have contracted it in the wild? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717)

The son of a German cobbler, Winckelmann overcame years of hardship to pursue his love of ancient Greek art, becoming a renowned scholar and one of the founders of scientific archaeology and art history. He spent much of his later life studying in the vast Vatican Library, and his writings reawakened the popular taste for Classical art and helped spur the Neoclassical movement. In 1768, a fellow traveler—who did not know who Winckelmann was—murdered him at a hotel, ostensibly for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a great beautifier.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

lay down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2017)

Antigua and Barbuda has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
In the News

Einstein's Personal Life, Now Online

If you've ever wondered about the man behind the principle of relativity, now you can know him better: the Einstein Papers Project has made accessible online 5,000 searchable documents from the first 44 years of Albert Einstein's life. Before, these letters, diaries, and scientific papers were mainly used by scholars, but now anyone can read—in Einstein's own words—about his transformation from mediocre student to world famous scientific genius. As the papers highlight Einstein's wit, work ethic, and large network of friends, the publishers hope they will dispel the notion of him as an isolated "mad" scientist. More...
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