Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Remove the inner part or the core of.|
|Usage:||The mining company wants to excavate the hillside and build a tunnel.|
Idiom of the Day
To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle.
|Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died.|
Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)
Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution.
Humans didn't outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them.By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and impressive cave creations.
Humans didn’t outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them.
1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.
1631 - The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity.
1796 - John Adams was elected the 2nd U.S. President.
1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1911 - Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
1952 - Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY.
1973 - The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.
1975 - "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV.
1992 - Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator.
1998 - Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, died at the age of 83.
1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.
2005 - Walt Disney Pictures released "Chicken Little." It was the first Disney film completely created with computer animation.