Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

eldritch

Definition:(adjective) Suggesting the operation of supernatural influences.
Synonyms:uncanny, weird, unearthly
Usage: An eldritch screech from someone—or something—in the distance sent chills down my spine.
Article of the Day

The May 13 Incident

After the creation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, tensions grew between the wealthy Chinese—who controlled much of the Malaysian economy—and the poorer Malays. On May 13, 1969, Kuala Lumpur exploded with violence as Malay rioters killed hundreds of Chinese. Widespread arson and destruction added to the chaos, and a state of emergency was declared. Parliament was suspended and did not reconvene until 1971. Following the incident, what was instituted as a way to foster Malaysian unity? More...
This Day in History

California Gold Rush Begins (1848)

In 1848, the same year California became a part of the US, another major event in the state's history occurred. While establishing a sawmill for John Sutter, James W. Marshall discovered gold and touched off the California gold rush. The gold-rush miners, known as forty-niners, came in droves, spurred by the promise of fabulous riches from the so-called Mother Lode, and San Francisco became a boom town. Why was Sutter disappointed when he discovered that gold had been found on his property? More...
Today's Birthday

John Belushi (1949)

Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He started out with the Second City comedy troop in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, in 1971, achieved national recognition in National Lampoon's Lemmings in 1973, and joined Saturday Night Live as an original cast member in 1975. He also starred in several films, including Animal House and The Blues Brothers, before dying of a drug overdose in 1982. Who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It isn't possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

be honor-bound to do (something)

To be or feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Festival (2017)

The winter season on the island of Bermuda brings on a schedule of performing arts events known as the Bermuda Festival, which began in 1976. Yehudi Menuhin was instrumental in organizing the first festival and performed on its 20th anniversary in 1996. Offerings include theater, dance, opera, classical, and modern music performances from around the world. More...
In the News

Goodfellas 2?

Federal agents yesterday made an arrest in the 1978 New York airport heist made famous in the hit film Goodfellas. More than three decades after thieves stole $5 million in cash—worth $17.9 million today—and $1 million in jewelry from a Lufthansa cargo building at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a reputed member of the Bonanno crime family was taken into custody for the crime. Investigators got a lead in the decades-cold case when they uncovered human remains on the property of the suspected mastermind of the heist, late mobster James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke. It was the largest cash robbery ever committed in the US until that time. More...
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