Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

firmament

Definition:(noun) The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.
Synonyms:celestial sphere, empyrean, heavens, welkin
Usage: The stars shine in the endless firmament.
Article of the Day

Sharbat Gula, "Afghan Girl"

Sharbat Gula appeared on the iconic June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine staring intensely with her striking green eyes. The haunting photo emphasized the suffering of Afghan refugees during the Soviet invasion. According to Gula, it was the only photo ever taken of her. Until photographer Steve McCurry located her in 2002, she was simply known as the "Afghan Girl" whose portrait he had captured at a refugee camp in Pakistan. How old was she in the famous photo? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill Delivers His "Finest Hour" Speech (1940)

Churchill delivered his celebrated "Finest Hour" speech after it became clear that France's surrender to Germany was imminent and that this would bring the Nazi enemy to England's doorstep. Churchill had been prime minister for just over a month when he delivered the 36-minute speech before the House of Commons. Warning that England would soon face attack, he tried to inspire courage, justify confidence in victory, and define the noble causes that Britain was fighting for, which were what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Montgomery Flagg (1877)

A prolific American artist and illustrator, Flagg designed 45 military posters during WWI, including the famous "I Want You" portrait of Uncle Sam. He studied abroad in England and Paris and, upon returning to New York, rapidly won a reputation as a technically skilled, versatile, and vivacious illustrator. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, he contributed to Judge, Life, St. Nicholas, and other magazines. On whose face did Flagg model his well-known Uncle Sam? More...
Quotation of the Day
What one man can invent another can discover.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2017)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
In the News

Oxford English Dictionary Features "Epic" "Geekery"

Language is constantly evolving, and perhaps no one knows this better than the people who publish the Oxford English Dictionary. Updated quarterly, the comprehensive wordbook got a little larger this month, with the addition of "crowdsourcing," "flash mob," "geekery," and "epic," among other new entries. A number of existing words were also revised, including "tweet," which gained additional, Twitter-related definitions despite the fact that company policy requires new words to be current for ten years prior to consideration. More...
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