Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

fizzle

Definition:(verb) To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning.
Synonyms:peter out, taper off
Usage: The music just fizzled out—there was no proper ending to the concert.
Article of the Day

The Mali Empire

The Mali Empire flourished in West Africa between the 13th and 16th centuries. A trading empire, it developed from the upper Niger River state of Kangaba, whose inhabitants were middlemen in the gold trade in ancient Ghana. It expanded for a few centuries but eventually outgrew its political and military strength, and many of its subject areas revolted. Which Mali ruler distributed so much gold during his pilgrimage to Mecca that the metal was devalued in Egypt for more than a decade? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Submarine Attacks US Mainland (1942)

With the exception of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US was able to largely avoid fighting WWII on home soil, mainly because of its relative geographical isolation. However, Japan attacked the West Coast of the US several times. In 1942, a Japanese submarine fired at Fort Stevens in Oregon in the first and only attack on a mainland US military installation during the war. The shells damaged phone cables and a baseball backstop, but the fort's gunners were ordered not to return fire. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Therese McCarthy (1912)

McCarthy began her storied writing career as a drama critic for the Partisan Review in the 1930s, gaining a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity—qualities that are evident in her later works of satirical fiction as well as in her personal life. She engaged other authors in public feuds and repeatedly took contentious literary and political stands. Author Lillian Hellman filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against McCarthy after she made what comment about Hellman's writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

in no way, shape, or form

In no possible manner; under no circumstances; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
In the News

Google To Digitize British Library's Books

As part of its ongoing effort to make a major part of its 150 million items available digitally by 2020, the British Library has partnered with the search engine Google to bring a quarter of a million books, pamphlets, and periodicals from the 18th and 19th centuries to the Web-surfing public. The works will be digitized at Google's expense, after which they will be freely available for full-text search, download, and reading through Google Books as well as the British Library's website. More...
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