Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

expedite

Definition:(verb) Speed up the progress of; facilitate.
Synonyms:hasten
Usage: I will do all I can to expedite the processing of your paperwork, but it could still take over a week for your application to be approved.
Article of the Day

Titian

Born around 1490, Titian was a leading Venetian Renaissance painter whose technique, particularly his brushwork, composition, and use of color, influenced generations of artists after him. He is known for his psychologically penetrating portraits as well as his depictions of religious and mythological scenes. What politician's staff member once altered Titian's Wikipedia page in a misguided attempt to hide the fact that the politician may have been mistaken about the painter's age at death? More...
This Day in History

Oscar Wilde's Libel Case Begins (1895)

When the marquess of Queensbury became convinced that his son, Alfred Douglas, was having an affair with Wilde, he began to rail against the author and playwright, publicly accusing Wilde of sodomy, a crime at the time. At Douglas's urging, Wilde sued the marquess for libel. He not only lost the case, but was in turn charged with homosexual offenses and arrested. Wilde was convicted in an internationally notorious trial and served two years hard labor. What did he write while in prison? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Robinson Luce (1898)

One of the most powerful—and controversial—figures in the history of US journalism, Luce founded Time magazine in 1923 with former Yale classmate Briton Hadden. It was the first news-weekly in the US and is now the largest. Luce went on to launch a number of other highly successful magazines, including Fortune, Life, and Sports Illustrated. What was the estimated value of his share of Time stock at the time of his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us not tire of a good work, hard though it be and wearisome; think of the many little hearts that in their sorrow look to us for help.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

get down to work

To begin being serious about something; to begin attending to business or work at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2017)

Guinea was ruled by a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré, who ruled the small West African nation for over 25 years (1958-1984). After Toure's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
In the News

Aung San Suu Kyi Elected to Myanmar's Parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese opposition leader who spent more than 15 of the past 23 years under house arrest and whose supporters were violently suppressed by Myanmar's ruling junta, has won a seat in parliament, as have around 40 other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD). Their election is seen as an important step toward democracy in a country that has long faced international condemnation for its brutal military rule. In the past year, the country has undergone the most dramatic political reforms since the 1962 coup that brought the military to power. More...
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