Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

valance

Definition:(noun) An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
Synonyms:cornice, pelmet, valance board
Usage: Large valances of silk, embroidered with flowers of gay colors, which were rather faded, fell from the wide windows.
Article of the Day

The Hoff

David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Though “The Hoff” spent a six-year stint on The Young and the Restless, he is best known for his roles in Knight Rider and Baywatch. During the late 1980s, he enjoyed significant musical success, particularly in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. In 1994, Hasselhoff was scheduled to perform a pay-per-view concert that would hopefully reignite his US musical career. What major news event diverted his viewers? More...
This Day in History

Second "Palmer Raid" Takes Place (1920)

During the "Red Scare" that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious "Palmer Raids." The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach's works destroyed or confiscated as "degenerate art"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

high-handed

Haughtily presumptuous; arrogantly or inconsiderately overbearing. More...
Today's Holiday

Handsel Monday (2017)

A secular holiday, Handsel Monday was important among the rural people of Scotland. "Handsel" was something given as a token of good luck, particularly at the beginning of something; the modern house-warming gift would be a good example. Thus Handsel Monday was an occasion for gift giving at the start of the new year, and it remained a Scottish tradition from the 14th until the 19th century. Eventually it was replaced by Boxing Day, and the custom of giving farm laborers and public servants some extra money or a small gift on this day continues. More...
In the News

Home Birth with Midwife No Riskier than Hospital Birth for Low-Risk Women: Study

For women with low-risk pregnancies, babies delivered at home with a midwife are at no greater risk of harm than those born in a hospital with a midwife's assistance, an Ontario study has found. The three-year study of almost 23,000 pregnancies found the ... More...
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