Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

diffidence

Definition:(noun) The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
Synonyms:self-distrust, self-doubt
Usage: The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.
Article of the Day

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

L. Frank Baum was an American journalist, playwright, and author. In 1900, he published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a story about a girl named Dorothy who is carried by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Baum's fame rests largely on his 14 stories of Oz, all of which emphasize the virtues of practicality, self-reliance, tolerance, and egalitarianism. In 1938, the story was made into an extraordinarily popular motion picture. Who played the role of Dorothy? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Embassy Cipher Clerk Igor Gouzenko Defects to Canada (1945)

Considered by some to be the first major international event of the Cold War, the defection of Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko radically transformed the way the West regarded and approached Soviet espionage. The authorities at first dismissed Gouzenko's reports of Stalin's efforts to steal nuclear secrets and of Soviet spy rings operating in Canada and the US, but he soon convinced them of the truth behind his allegations. The information he revealed helped lead to the apprehension of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Jesse James (1847)

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him to death in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite James's reputation as a murderous thief, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends. What became of Ford? More...
Quotation of the Day
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Today's Holiday

Bread and Roses Festival (2016)

The Bread and Roses Festival is a one-day, free event held in Lawrence, Massachusetts, each year on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. The Festival commemorates the Bread and Roses Labor Strike that occurred in Lawrence in 1912 in protest of low wages and harsh working conditions. The Festival combines multicultural arts, poetry, dance, and music with themes of labor activism and social protest. In addition, information booths, ethnic food, and commemorative merchandise vendors are on site, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, and a domino tournament. More...
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