Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

sanctify

Definition:(verb) Render holy by means of religious rites.
Synonyms:hallow, bless, consecrate
Usage: Though they are comfortable with the fact that their marriage has not been sanctified in a Christian church, their parents are not.
Article of the Day

The Pan-American Highway

Stretching some 30,000 mi (48,000 km), the Pan-American Highway is a system of roads connecting North and South America. Originally conceived as a single route in 1923, it was financed by the US during the 1940s and 1950s and grew to include a number of designated highways in participating countries, extending from Alaska and Canada to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. However, the system is far from uniform; some stretches are passable only during the dry season, and there are gaps where? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher and Garret FitzGerald Sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Though it did not bring an immediate end to the Troubles, the Anglo-Irish Agreement addressed some specific points of contention. It granted the Republic of Ireland a role in the government of Northern Ireland for the first time, while confirming that Northern Ireland would remain a part of the UK until a majority of its citizens decided otherwise. The agreement met with fierce opposition in Northern Ireland. One politician compared Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, to what biblical villain? More...
Today's Birthday

Jérôme Bonaparte (1784)

Jérôme Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon. The two men became estranged after Jérôme married an American in 1803 without Napoleon's consent. Napoleon personally had the marriage annulled and arranged Jérôme's wedding to Princess Catherine of Württemberg instead. Jérôme was made king of Westphalia, but his kingdom collapsed and became part of Prussia in 1815, after which he returned to France. Which one of his grandsons founded the precursor of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art...is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

set in cement

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Day (Belgium) (2017)

King Leopold I (1790-1865) of Belgium was named after St. Leopold, whose feast is celebrated on this day. He was the first leader of Belgium after it achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1831, and reigned until his death. The day is a major observance particularly among Belgium's German-speaking community. More...
In the News

Doctors Turning to Deep Hypothermia for Trauma Patients

When dealing with trauma patients, doctors are often in a race against the clock. Many trauma victims simply bleed to death before doctors are able to treat their injuries. Inducing extreme hypothermia in these patients, however, could buy doctors some time. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patients who have lost so much blood that their hearts have stopped beating will soon be candidates for an experimental hypothermia treatment that involves bringing their body temperatures down to as low as 50 degrees. Trauma surgeons hope that the treatment will stave off brain and organ damage long enough for them to patch up and revive these patients. More...
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