Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 08, 2016)
Word of the Day

deprecate

Definition:(verb) To belittle.
Synonyms:depreciate
Usage: The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts.
Article of the Day

Jinggangshan

Located in the remote, mountainous border region between the Jiangxi and Hunan provinces of China, Jinggangshan is known as the birthplace of the Chinese Red Army and the "cradle of the Chinese revolution." In 1927, after an unsuccessful uprising against the Kuomintang, Mao Zedong's army retreated to Jinggangshan and established a military base there. During the 1960s, the area became a place of pilgrimage for young Red Guards. Why did the government begin discouraging such pilgrimages? More...
This Day in History

New York Stock Exchange Is Founded (1817)

The first agreement to form a stock exchange in New York was made in 1792 by 24 brokers standing under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange was formally founded 25 years later. The exchange provided capital for the industrialization of the US in the 19th century and is today the world's largest securities market. The right to trade in the exchange can only be obtained by purchasing a seat from an existing member, and the number of seats is limited to how many? More...
Today's Birthday

Anselm Kiefer (1945)

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th-century neoexpressionism, Anselm Kiefer is a German painter and sculptor. In 1966, he abandoned law studies to pursue art. He studied with Joseph Beuys in the 1970s and began producing artwork that dealt starkly with taboos and dark periods in German history. His later works address mythological, classical, and biblical subjects. Kiefer's large-scale paintings are characterized by a somber color palette and the use of what unusual materials? More...
Quotation of the Day
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

honours are even

Both sides are equally matched; the contest is equal or level; neither side has been victorious. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2017)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
In the News

See the Happy Chaos at Astronauts' Landing Site

I know it’s going to be a great adventure when I get the message from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, warning me about the hazards of being near a landing spacecraft. Some of the delights I might encounter: gamma ray radiation and being brained by ... More...
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