Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

minimalism

Definition:(noun) An art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color.
Synonyms:reductivism
Usage: The sculpture—simply a perfect sphere—must have been created at the height of minimalism.
Article of the Day

Thankful Villages

Thankful Villages are localities in England and Wales that lost no soldiers in WWI. In those rare parishes, every person who enlisted in the armed forces returned home alive. The term "Thankful Village" was coined in the 1930s by writer Arthur Mee, who identified 32 such places. Another 20 have since been added to the list. In France, where the death toll was higher, only one village lost no soldiers in WWI, and it also has the distinction of having lost none in WWII either. What village is it? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

(someone) (just) doesn't know when to quit

Someone would be better off not doing something or acting a certain way because it is or may become destructive, counterproductive, futile, or undesirable. More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2017)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Diana Nyad's Dream of Cuba-US Swim Dashed

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has abandoned her latest, and likely last, attempt to make the 103-mi (166-km) swim from Cuba to the US. She swam for 63 hours and suffered a number of severe jellyfish stings to the face before being pulled from the water by her support crew. This was the 62-year-old Nyad's fourth failed attempt to make the crossing. Had she succeeded, she would have claimed the record for longest "unassisted open ocean swim"—meaning a swim done without the protection of a shark cage. More...
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