Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

guidepost

Definition:(noun) A rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior.
Synonyms:rule of thumb, guideline
Usage: His guidepost in social situations was the belief that people tend to be kind to those who are kind.
Article of the Day

The Great Train Robbery

Five days after one of the biggest heists in British history, an anonymous tip led police to a farm where they found the robbers' fingerprints, including some on a Monopoly game that had apparently been played after the robbery—with real money. Thirteen of the criminals involved in the 1963 event now known as "the Great Train Robbery" were eventually caught, but the bulk of the stolen £2.6 million—the equivalent of US $80 million today—was never recovered. How did the robbers stop the train? More...
This Day in History

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Published (1855)

Often considered the most influential volume of poetry in American literature, Whitman's Leaves of Grass was unconventional in both content and technique and initially scandalized the public with its frank celebration of sexuality. The first edition contained 12 poems, including "Song of Myself," in which the author proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people, but Whitman revised and expanded subsequent editions. How many poems are found in his "deathbed edition"? More...
Today's Birthday

Ann Landers (1918)

In 1955, Esther "Eppie" Friedman began doling out advice to the public in the name of famed columnist Ann Landers. Ruth Crowley had originated the role, and when she died, Friedman took over the column, gaining a following of some 90 million readers with her witty-but-tough style. Though Friedman sometimes drew criticism for taking on controversial topics, such as abortion and prostitution, she received wide support after discussing her divorce. What was her connection to her rival "Dear Abby"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is like a rich stone,—best plain set.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration (2018)

The village of Plymouth Notch, Vermont, is where Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th president of the United States, spent his boyhood and was sworn in as president by his father following the death of Warren Harding in 1923. On the Fourth of July each year, the anniversary of Coolidge's birth, there is a noontime march from the green near the Plymouth Post Office to the Notch Cemetery, led by a Vermont National Guard colorguard with a bugler and a chaplain. The White House sends a wreath, which is laid at the President's tomb. More...
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