Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

obduracy

Definition:(noun) Resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible.
Synonyms:adamance, unyieldingness
Usage: My obduracy and hardheadedness often gets me in trouble at the negotiating table.
Article of the Day

Haboobs

A haboob is a strong wind and sand storm. Although haboobs are most common in Sudan, where about 24 occur each year, they can arise in many arid environments and are not uncommon in the American Southwest. They are often preceded by thunderstorms. Once a thunderstorm begins releasing precipitation, its winds change direction. When the downdraft reaches the ground, it stirs up loose sand, sending a wall of sand through the air at high speeds. "Haboob" comes from an Arabic word meaning what? More...
This Day in History

American Colonies Declare Independence (1776)

On June 11, 1776, one year into the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson and other delegates of the Continental Congress began drafting a formal declaration of their intent to form a new nation. Their final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Congress on July 4, a date that would become a national holiday. Most of the congressional delegates signed it that August. Why did John Adams predict that July 2nd—not the 4th—would be considered the greatest day in US history? More...
Today's Birthday

Calvin Coolidge (1872)

In 1920, Coolidge was elected vice president of the US under Warren G. Harding, who died in 1923—making Coolidge president. Untouched by the scandals of the Harding administration, Coolidge was directly elected president in 1924. He was a popular and deliberately hands-off leader, and though he was an effective public speaker, he was a man of few words when out of the spotlight. Upon hearing that "Silent Cal" had died in 1933, writer Dorothy Parker is said to have delivered what famous remark? More...
Quotation of the Day
A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

be (the) bomb

To be excellent, extremely entertaining, or of very high quality. More...
Today's Holiday

Fourth of July (2017)

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock, the president of the Congress, was the first to sign the document. As the most important national holiday in the U.S., Independence Day, often called the Fourth of July, is traditionally celebrated with fireworks displays, family picnics, parades, band concerts, and patriotic speeches. It is observed throughout the United States and U.S. territories. More...
In the News

Egyptian Army Removes President from Power

When popular unrest forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011, after 30 years in power, the army took control and set up the country's first democratic election. Just over a year ago, the Egyptian people chose Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to be their new president. Since then, however, there has been widespread and growing discontent with his leadership, prompting the military to step in yet again. Yesterday, Egypt's army announced that it had deposed Morsi and suspended the constitution. The chief justice of the Sup reme Constitutional Court will act as interim leader until new elections are held. More...
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