Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 5, 2013)
Word of the Day

imperious

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.
Synonyms:prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering, haughty, lordly, overbearing, disdainful
Usage: She gave him a witheringly imperious look and sauntered off with her nose in the air.
Article of the Day

Taxi-Dance Hall

Throughout the 1920s and 30s, taxi-dance halls flourished in American cities, despite their reputation for fostering lewd behavior. At a typical hall, men would buy tickets—usually for 10 cents each—that they could present to the hall's young female employees in exchange for sharing a dance. The women, called taxi-dancers, earned a commission based on the number of tickets they collected. The taxi-dance hall was created in 1913 when San Francisco outlawed what other kind of dance hall? More...
This Day in History

United Artists Film Studio Is Founded (1919)

In 1919, four of the leading figures in Hollywood—Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks—decided to form their own film studio to better control their own work. Though initially successful, United Artists foundered as films became more expensive to produce. It was taken over in the 1950s and began to thrive again until the 80s, when it was bought by the studio MGM. What famous actor announced plans to resurrect United Artists in 2006 as part owner of the company? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (1934)

Aaron was the first US baseball player to hit more career home runs than Babe Ruth. After playing briefly in the Negro leagues and then in the minor leagues, Aaron moved up to the majors as an outfielder with the Milwaukee—later Atlanta—Braves in 1954 and was National League MVP in 1957. Upon breaking Ruth's record in 1974, he was besieged by the media and badgered by racist letter-writers, and retired just two years later. Aaron's home run record remained unbroken until when? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be a huckleberry above a persimmon

dated To be better than average among similar things. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Roger Williams Day (2017)

Roger Williams was the founder of the American Baptist Church. Born in Wales, he arrived in the Massachusetts colony on this day in 1631 and soon found himself in profound disagreement with the local Puritans. He fled south to what is now called Providence and founded the Rhode Island colony. Under his leadership, the people of Rhode Island were the first to establish a Baptist congregation on American soil (in 1638) and the first to build a community based on this principle of religious liberty. More...
In the News

Parking Lot Remains Belong to Richard III

Using DNA technology, researchers have confirmed that skeletal remains excavated from underneath a Leicester parking lot are those of Richard III, the last Yorkist king of England and the last English king to die in battle. Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and his corpse was then put on display by the victor—the future King Henry VII. What became of his remains thereafter was never precisely established until now. Experts say the slain king appears to have been unceremoniously dumped, wrists still bound, into a too-small grave on the grounds of a church that was subsequently demolished and eventually turned into a parking lot. More...
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