Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

glister

Definition:(noun) The quality of shining with a bright reflected light.
Synonyms:glitter, sparkle, scintillation
Usage: Brian had to shield his eyes from the glister of Frank's enormous watch in the sunlight.
Article of the Day

Latinxua Sin Wenz

Latinxua Sin Wenz was the not the first system for transliterating Chinese using the Latin alphabet, but it was the first to be widely used by native speakers. It was developed in the late 1920s and early 30s in the USSR, where it was employed by Chinese immigrants. It then spread to Northwestern China, where it became an important tool for promoting literacy. More than 300 publications utilized Latinxua Sin Wenz before it fell out of use. What important feature of Chinese languages did it omit? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to preserve themselves to-day for to-morrow, and not risk all in one day.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. More...
Today's Holiday

USA Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention (2017)

The Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which convenes during the first week of each September, is the major business meeting of the group's boards, auxiliaries, and member churches. During the annual session, delegates deal with business issues. However, they also share Christian fellowship and, through a series of forums, explore such issues as health and wellness, social justice, and empowerment, often with emphasis on their impact on the African-American community. More...
In the News

Would-Be Thief Swallows $13,600 Diamond

A Chinese tourist was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to steal a diamond by swallowing it during a gem and jewelry exhibition. The owner of the exhibition stall where the incident occurred said the alleged thief, 32-year-old Chow Cheng, was examining the diamond when he attempted to swap the real gem—valued at 1.8 million rupees, or $13,600—with a synthetic one. When the ruse was spotted, the suspect reportedly swallowed the diamond, which police say can be seen in an X-ray of his throat. More...
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