Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

colloquial

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation.
Synonyms:conversational
Usage: She wrote her essays in a colloquial style that the teacher strongly criticized.
Article of the Day

The Shaanxi Earthquake of 1556

The deadliest earthquake on record and the fifth deadliest natural disaster in history, the Shaanxi earthquake of 1556 killed approximately 830,000 people in inner China. The quake destroyed an area spanning 520 miles, and aftershocks continued to rock the region several times a month for half a year. Contributing to the high death toll on the Loess Plateau was the fact that millions of people lived in artificial caves that were destroyed by landslides. What was the earthquake's magnitude? More...
This Day in History

Automaker John DeLorean Arrested in Cocaine Trafficking Sting (1982)

After years of designing cars for others, John DeLorean went into business for himself and designed the DeLorean DMC-12, a distinctive stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors that was immortalized in 1985's Back to the Future. Prior to the film's release, however, DeLorean was better known for his arrest for cocaine trafficking than for his cars. At the time, DeLorean's car company was failing, and drug smuggling offered him much-needed cash. How did he manage to beat the rap? More...
Today's Birthday

Carlo Urbani (1956)

In February 2003, Urbani, an Italian physician employed by the World Health Organization (WHO), was called to examine a man hospitalized in Hanoi, Vietnam, with what was initially thought to be the flu or pneumonia. Recognizing that it was in fact a new and highly contagious disease, Urbani immediately notified the WHO, prompting a rapid global response that ultimately saved many lives, though sadly not his own. The doctor himself soon succumbed to the disease he had identified. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Quotation, n.: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Yorktown Day (2017)

On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington's Allied troops at Yorktown, Virginia. The Battle of Yorktown is widely considered to mark the end of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown Day activities held at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown include a commemorative placing of a wreath at the French Monument and the Monument to Alliance and Victory. There are also 18th-century tactical demonstrations, a parade of military and civilian units, and musical presentations by fife and drum units. More...
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