Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

go-between

Definition:(noun) A negotiator who acts as a link between parties.
Synonyms:intercessor, intermediary, mediator
Usage: A skilled go-between can prove invaluable to businesses when negotiations become hostile or contentious.
Article of the Day

Joachim Murat

Murat distinguished himself as a daring cavalry commander while serving with Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy and Egypt and later aided Napoleon in his 1799 coup d'état. The next year, he married Napoleon's sister Caroline and in 1808 was chosen to succeed Joseph Bonaparte as king of Naples. He continued his military leadership as well, but after Napoleon's fall, he fled to Corsica. When he tried to regain his throne, he was captured and executed. What were his instructions to the firing squad? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis Ends in Lima, Peru (1997)

The Japanese ambassador to Peru was holding a party at his home in Lima on December 17, 1996, when 14 members of a revolutionary militant group stormed the compound, taking more than 400 guests hostage. Most were released in the following weeks, but 72 Japanese and Peruvian hostages were held until April, when Peruvian military forces swarmed the building and killed the militants. Only one hostage and two commandos died, and the raid was deemed a success. What had been the militants' demands? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Kenneth Frampton (1950)

British rocker Peter Frampton performed with successful bands The Herd and Humble Pie before going solo in 1971. His breakthrough album, 1976's Frampton Comes Alive!, remains one of the best-selling live albums of all time. It includes hits such as "Do You Feel Like We Do?" and "Show Me The Way," which feature his signature talk box effect that makes the guitar sound like it is "talking." Why did Frampton regret appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone at the height of his success? More...
Quotation of the Day
Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in full gear

At the highest or maximum level of function, operation, or performance. More...
Today's Holiday

Oklahoma Day (2017)

The Land Run of April 22, 1889, paved the way for the organization of the Oklahoma Territory in 1890, and for Oklahoma's statehood in 1907. Also known as Oklahoma 89ers Day, the celebration on April 22 focuses on the town of Guthrie, the site of the original land office about 80 miles from the starting border, and each year Guthrie observes its anniversary with an 89ers festival. Elsewhere in Oklahoma, the day is celebrated with parades, rodeos, and events based on the land rush theme. More...
In the News

Satellite Images Tell Tale of Plentiful Penguins

Using high-resolution satellite images taken from space, scientists counted the number of emperor penguins in Antarctica, and they found the population to be double that of previous estimates. Around 595,000 penguins are now believed to be living in 44 colonies along the Antarctic coastline. Seven of those colonies had never before been observed. This is the first time researchers have counted the entire population of any species by satellite in one season. More...
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