Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

hackneyed

Definition:(adjective) Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.
Synonyms:banal, old-hat, stock, threadbare, timeworn, trite, well-worn, tired, shopworn, commonplace
Usage: For God's sake do not thrust upon me your hackneyed remarks, repeated to nausea, that "I was only a dreamer," while they even then had an understanding of life.
Article of the Day

The Minaret

Most mosques have one or more towers, called minarets, from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer. The earliest building to bear structures specifically built as minarets was Egypt’s Mosque of Amr. Built in 643 CE, it possessed four square towers at its corners. Not all minarets are square, however; there are also octagonal, cylindrical, and conical minarets. Styles vary regionally and by period. How many times does the muezzin issue the call to prayer each day? More...
This Day in History

Robert Kennedy Dies from Gunshot Wounds (1968)

Five years after US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, his younger brother, Senator Robert Kennedy, was shot and killed by a man named Sirhan Sirhan. The shooting took place on the night that Robert won the California Democratic presidential nomination. His body was taken to Arlington National Cemetery by train, and thousands of people gathered by the tracks to pay tribute. He was buried near his brother. In what way was the ceremony the only one of its kind in Arlington's history? More...
Today's Birthday

John Trumbull (1756)

After serving as an aide to George Washington during the American Revolution, Trumbull went to London to study painting under Benjamin West. He was imprisoned shortly thereafter—in retribution for the hanging of a British agent in the US—and left London upon his release. He returned in 1784 and began a celebrated series of historical paintings, four of which now hang in the US Capitol rotunda. His oft-reproduced Declaration of Independence is featured on what denomination of US currency? More...
Quotation of the Day
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

get in the last word

To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially one that decisively or conclusively ends it. More...
Today's Holiday

D-Day (2017)

This day marks the start of the Allied invasion of occupied France in 1944, which led to the final defeat of Hitler's Germany the following May. About 3,000 ships transported 130,000 British, Canadian, and American troops across the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy. Airborne troops began parachuting into Normandy at 15 minutes past midnight on June 6, and Landing Craft Transports plowed through the surf to spill troops onto the beaches. About 10,000 troops were killed or wounded that day. Each year, simple ceremonies at the Normandy cemeteries commemorate the men who fell. More...
In the News

Bomb Blasts May Cause Brain Damage in Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered blast-related traumatic brain injuries, which are generally classified as mild brain injuries or concussions. Special brain scans of just a few of these soldiers, however, reveal abnormalities in regions of the orbitofrontal cortex, an area involved in emotional regulation and decision-making, and the cerebellum, an area linked to coordination, movement, and balance. Further study is needed to determine whether these abnormalities affect brain function or predict later development of post-traumatic stress disorder. More...
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