Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

regnant

Definition:(adjective) Exercising power or authority.
Synonyms:reigning, ruling
Usage: She became queen regnant upon the death of her father and soon gained a reputation for being a firm but fair ruler.
Article of the Day

The Tizard Mission

Though the British made major scientific advances during World War II, by September 1940, they were mired in the Battle of Britain and unable to produce the new military technology that could help them win. Taking a gamble, prominent British scientist Henry Tizard led a mission to give Britain's secret military research to the US in the hope that it would be developed faster there—and that the US would share the results with Britain. It worked. What critical object did Tizard bring with him? More...
This Day in History

First Group of Explorers Reaches South Pole (1911)

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had been planning for a trip to the North Pole until he heard that someone had beaten him to it. Instead, he and his team set sail for Antarctica. There, they spent nearly a year preparing for the final two-month trek that made them the first people to reach the South Pole. With good equipment and plenty of sled dogs, the team was extremely well prepared compared to other polar expeditions of the day, some of which ended badly. How was their clothing better? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Chase Smith (1897)

Smith served as her husband's secretary following his election as a US representative. After he died in 1940, she was elected to finish his unexpired term, becoming Maine's first congresswoman. Noted for her integrity and independence, she joined the Senate in 1948 and continued to be reelected until 1972. In 1950, she gave her famed "Declaration of Conscience" speech opposing the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The speech earned her what derisive nickname from McCarthy's staff? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

leave home

To cease living with one's parents; to strike out on one's own. More...
Today's Holiday

Third Night of Hanukkah (2017)

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and while the candles burn it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel. More...
In the News

Russia Says Syrian Opposition Could Unseat Assad

Things are looking progressively worse for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this week, a group of more than 100 countries recognized the Syrian opposition coalition as the sole "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, and now Russia, which has long been one of Syria's most steadfast supporters, has acknowledged for the first time that opposition forces may actually succeed in toppling the Syrian government. No one can say for certain how much longer the conflict will last or who will eventually emerge victorious, but these developments do not bode well for Assad's regime. More...
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