Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 8, 2012)
Word of the Day

hardihood

Definition:(noun) The trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger.
Synonyms:boldness, daring
Usage: He could not walk the street with any peace of mind, so conscious was he that the gentle and timid would turn aside to avoid him, and that others would make it a point of hardihood to throw themselves in his way.
Article of the Day

Clovis I

Traditionally regarded as the founder of the French monarchy, Clovis was born in the 5th century to a Frankish tribal leader. He became the sole ruler of the Salian Franks by force of perseverance—and by murdering a number of relatives. He defeated the last Roman ruler of Gaul, united the Frankish tribes to become ruler of their entire kingdom, made Paris his base of operations, and extended his realm into Germany. What experience supposedly influenced him to convert to Christianity? More...
This Day in History

SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010)

In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. In 2012, Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and be attached to the International Space Station (ISS). When did Dragon begin regular cargo flights to the ISS? More...
Today's Birthday

James Thurber (1894)

After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtail his drawing, and by 1952 he had to give it up altogether as his blindness had become nearly total. What is said to be Thurber's last drawing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them again, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) heart in (something)

To be emotionally and enthusiastically involved in something; to do or undertake something with passion and zeal. More...
Today's Holiday

Uzbekistan Constitution Day (2016)

On December 8, 1992, the new constitution of Uzbekistan was signed, creating a democratic system of government for the newly-independent country. Uzbekistan was created in 1924 by the communist government of the Soviet Union and became an independent nation in 1991. On Constitution Day, the country's president usually broadcasts a message of greeting to the Uzbekistan people, in which he reiterates the democratic ideals of the constitution and outlines what steps the government has taken to ensure that those ideals are carried out. More...
In the News

7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan

Japan is still reeling from the massive earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster in 2011, and the last thing the people there need is another powerful earthquake, but that is exactly what they got yesterday anyway. A 7.3-magnitude quake centered off the northeastern coast of Japan shook buildings across the island and triggered a one-meter tsunami that hit an area in Miyagi Prefecture that had sustained significant damage in last year's 9.0-magnitude quake. While frightening for many residents, yesterday's events luckily did little major damage. More...
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