Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

malcontent

Definition:(adjective) Discontented as toward authority.
Synonyms:disaffected, ill-affected, rebellious
Usage: The film follows three malcontent teenagers as they gather a following of like-minded peers and wreak havoc with their attempts to buck the system.
Article of the Day

The Disappearance of Donald Crowhurst

In October 1968, Crowhurst entered a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race from England. A weekend sailor, he was gravely unprepared in a dangerously inadequate boat but had invested heavily in the race. Realizing he would face death if he continued past Africa but would face humiliation and ruin if he quit, he chose to linger in the Atlantic until the end of the race and then slip back in for the last leg. Seven months later, his boat was found adrift without him. What happened? More...
This Day in History

Syria Ends Occupation of Lebanon (2005)

In 1976, with his country embroiled in a deadly civil war, the Lebanese president turned to Syria for assistance. At his request, Syrian forces entered Lebanon. Despite their 29-year presence, the Syrians were unable to secure lasting stability. By 2005, Syrian influence in Lebanese government had provoked protests, which intensified after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian troops finally withdrew in April. When did the two countries re-establish diplomatic relations? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798)

Considered the foremost painter of the Romantic movement in France, Delacroix is known for his dramatic interpretations of scenes from mythology, literature, and political, religious, and literary history and for his sensuous use of color. His most influential work is 1830's revolution-themed Liberty Leading the People, which likely inspired the design of the Statue of Liberty. During a trip to Morocco, he painted many scenes of North African life. Why did he struggle to find subjects? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation never falls but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

on (someone's) behalf

For the benefit, interest, or support of someone; as an agent, representative, or in place of someone. More...
Today's Holiday

John Audubon Day (2017)

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was America's foremost ornithological illustrator. After his death in 1851, Audubon's wife Lucy returned to teaching to support herself. One of her students, George Bird Grinnell, in 1886 organized the Audubon Society for the study and protection of birds. Today there are many branches of this organization, known as the National Audubon Society, and its members honor Audubon on his birthday, April 26. In some states, Audubon Day and Arbor Day are celebrated together by planting trees in bird sanctuaries. More...
In the News

Rare White Orca Spotted off Russian Coast

Scientists have captured the first images of an adult white orca—or killer whale—in the wild. Iceberg, as he has been affectionately named, was spotted swimming with his pod off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia. Orcas are typically black, with white on their undersides, above each eye, and on each flank. Until now, the only all-white orcas that had been observed were young, and none had ever been recorded surviving into adulthood. Researchers hope that future observation will help them determine whether Iceberg is a true albino or whether some other factor is responsible for his unique lack of pigmentation. More...
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