Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

quench

Definition:(verb) To satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc.).
Synonyms:slake, allay, assuage
Usage: He stopped to quench his thirst at a stream.
Article of the Day

The Hoover Dam

Located on the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam is 726 feet (221 m) high and 1,244 feet (379 m) long. It was built between 1931 and 1936 by the US Bureau of Reclamation and was named for President Herbert Hoover in 1947. In addition to supplying a great deal of hydroelectric power, the dam provides for flood control, river regulation, and improved navigation. In 1985, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. What was the dam called before it was named for Hoover? More...
This Day in History

Pete Rose Is Banned from Baseball (1989)

During his 24-year baseball career, Rose played in more games and got more hits than any player in history. Even so, the onetime Most Valuable Player could not avoid a lifetime ban from the sport after being accused of betting on baseball games—including those of his own team. In return for not having the charges formally proven, Rose accepted the banishment, which rendered him ineligible for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. However, he later spent five months in federal prison—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Siaka Stevens (1905)

Almost immediately after being sworn in as prime minister of Sierra Leone in 1967, Stevens was overthrown in a coup. He was recalled from exile after another coup 13 months later. In 1971, he became the first president of Sierra Leone, and during his tenure he made Sierra Leone a single-party state. His administration was plagued by corruption and economic mismanagement, and despite economic and civil turmoil, he remained in office until his peaceful retirement in 1985. Who succeeded him? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

Lady Luck

The personification of fortune, whether good or bad. (Sometimes spelled in lowercase.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Bartholomew's Day (2017)

St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of beekeepers and honey-makers, and for this reason it was traditional in England for the honey crop to be gathered on August 24. Since the main ingredient in mead—an ancient alcoholic drink that is still made in some parts of England today—is honey, the Blessing of the Mead is also observed on St. Bartholomew's Day. More...
In the News

Postpartum Depression Breastfeeding Link

Breastfeeding can have major benefits for new moms, but it can also pose challenges that make a difficult period in a woman's life even harder. Among women who plan to breastfeed and go on to do so, the risk of developing postpartum depression is halved. However, those who struggle and find themselves unable to nurse see their risk of postpartum depression more than double. The data, researchers say, highlight the importance of supporting new mothers, particularly those who have trouble breastfeeding, as they navigate this period of their lives. More...
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